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  • The set of fixed-response choices that an individual selects from when rating the material provided in an item stem. Unlike a multiple-choice-test item, an item using a rating scale does not have a correct response. When determining what rating scale should be used with an item stem, the number and type of response choices must be determined. Perhaps the most popular are 5-point and 4-point rating scales, where each of the points is anchored with a number and/or a descriptive label. For example, here is a popular 5-point agreement scale with its anchors: (1) strongly disagree, (2) disagree, (3) neutral, (4) agree, and (5) strongly agree. Items that use this 5-point rating scale sometimes are called “Likert-type items” because Rensis Likert used this in the ...

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