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Introduction

Many have hailed the Internet as opening up a whole new set of opportunities for advancing the science of psychometrics and the technology of testing. Others have expressed concerns that the growth in the use of the Internet for testing will lead to poor tests being developed, good tests being used badly and a growth of bad practice that will adversely affect not only individual test takers but also act to discredit testing in general. This entry will explore both the areas of concern associated with the Internet and the opportunities it affords. More extensive treatment of these issues can be found in Bartram (1997, 2000).

Understanding the Internet

In order to appreciate its potential and its dangers, it is important to understand what the Internet ...

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