Utilizing Test Items Analysis to Examine the Level of Difficulty and Discriminating Power in a Teacher-made Test

Karim, Sayit Abdul and Sudiro, Suryo and Sakinah, Syarifah (2021) Utilizing Test Items Analysis to Examine the Level of Difficulty and Discriminating Power in a Teacher-made Test. Language and Communication Science Faculty (former Language Faculty), Universitas Islam Sultan Agung (UNISSULA), Indonesia, in collaboration with Persaudaraan Dosen Republik Indonesia (PDRI)., Edulite: Journal of English Education, Literature, and Culture.

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Abstract

Apart from teaching, English language teachers need to assess their students by giving a test to know the students’ achievements. In general, teachers are barely conducting item analysis on their tests. As a result, they have no idea about the quality of their test distributed to the students. The present study attempts to figure out the levels of difficulty (LD) and the discriminating power (DP) of the multiple-choice (MC) test item constructed by an English teacher in the reading comprehension test utilizing test item analysis. This study employs a qualitative approach. For this purpose, a test of 50-MC test items of reading comprehension was obtained from the students’ test results. Thirty-five students of grade eight took part in the MC test try-out. They are both male (15) and female (20) students of junior high school 2 Kempo, in West Nusa Tenggara Province. The findings revealed that16 items out of 50 test items were rejected due to the poor and worst quality level of difficulty and discriminating index. Meanwhile, 12 items need to be reviewed due to their mediocre quality, and 11 items are claimed to have good quality items. Besides, 11 items out of 50 test items were considered as the excellent quality as their DP scores reached around 0.44 through 0.78. The implications of the present study will shed light on the quality of teacher-made test items, especially for the MC test. Keywords: discriminating power; item analysis; level of difficulty; reading comprehension test; teacher-made test

Item Type: Other
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Fakultas Pendidikan > S1 Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris
Depositing User: Dr. Sayit Abdul Karim, S. Pd., M. Pd. UTY
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2021 02:17
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2021 03:11
URI: http://eprints.uty.ac.id/id/eprint/8097

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