This chapter discusses the question types used in the focused testlets and as the stand-alone "alternative" items on the Board of Certification (BOC) entry-level athletic trainer certification examination. These questions may be presented in any of these formats:
Drag and drop
Prompt and response
Regardless of question type, all questions will be presented on the testing platform as described in Chapter 3. Each question has a stem and associated answer options. The item stem is the specific question to be answered and includes any instructions you may need to answer the item, such as "select all that apply." Some question types may provide additional information, such as directions for using toolbars, drop boxes, and your keyboard mouse. Questions in the focused testlets include a lead-in problem scenario. Note that the scenario text may change slightly through the five questions, based on events or situations that appeared in earlier questions. A detailed description of each question type is provided in Table 6-1.
TABLE 6-1Question Types ||Download (.pdf) TABLE 6-1 Question Types
|Question Type ||Description |
|Multiple Choice ||Consists of a question and five possible responses; question asks you to select only one response to answer the question; selected answers may be changed until question submitted for scoring |
|Multi-Select ||Consists of a question and multiple possible responses; question asks you to select all responses that apply; selected answers may be changed until question submitted for scoring |
|Drag and Drop ||Consists of a question, additional instructions, a toolbar with drag options, and drop boxes with labels; question asks you to select drag options and place them in drop boxes according to specific instructions; selected answers may be changed until question submitted for scoring |
|Prompt and Response ||Consists of an item stem, a column of answer options labeled "prompts," and a corresponding column labeled "responses"; select the appropriate prompts that apply to the item stem; after a prompt item is selected, its associated response column will reveal previously hidden text; revealed text provides information for answering subsequent testlet questions; selected answers may not be changed once selected |
|Hot Spot ||Consists of an item stem, additional information, and directions for completing the question and submitting your response; question asks you to identify a particular location on a photograph or figure; selected answers may be changed until question submitted for scoring |
|Animated Simulation (Virtual Demonstration) ||Consists of an item stem, additional instructions, a toolbar with mini-photos or illustration as options, and an image or figure; question asks you to demonstrate a particular skill or technique; selected answers may be changed until question submitted for scoring |
STRATEGIES FOR APPROACHING FOCUSED TESTLET AND STANDALONE ALTERNATIVE QUESTION TYPES
An important consideration when responding to the focused testlets and stand-alone alternative questions is how the questions will be ...