As you prepare for the MBLEx, you may have seen the acronym “CAT” or heard an instructor talk a little about it. After talking to hundreds of MBLEx takers, both those that passed and failed, I know being familiar with CAT can make the difference in seeing the “passing” or “must retest” result on your MBLEx score report.
Without getting too crazy and throwing around terms like psychometrics, calibrated pool questions, and termination criterion, let’s learn a little more about the basics of CAT and what it means to your MBLEx preparation.
What is CAT?
CAT, or computer adaptive testing, is a computer-based test that adapts to the examinee’s (that’s you!) ability level during the exam. This type of exam gauges the examinees’ competence levels as test questions are tailored to each examinee’s knowledge levels during the exam.
To do this, each question in the CAT question bank has a predetermined difficulty level.