I learned to use Google Forms today, and I’m interested in someday creating online psychometrics tests and quizzes, so I practiced by reproducing this old vocab test that you may have seen before: http://testyourvocab.com/
My reproduction of it is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXFSZ3QJEPSqvDaieGEbbSeBhUIa0735DZdhDmInbPfcUNgw/viewform?usp=sf_link
I don’t know if this embed is going to play nice with WordPress (and actually submit results to the spreadsheet), but it’s worth trying:
I retook the original test in the meantime. IIRC I lost about 5,000 words of vocab in the last 5 years, which according to their statistics indicates a decline from the 80th percentile (at age 26ish) to average: http://testyourvocab.com/result?user=14378480. That’s average for takers of this test, which they report as the 98th percentile on the SAT. This decline feels about right, because there were a lot of words on there I used to know, but as I get older I just don’t give a shit.
The holy grail of internet psychometrics would be to make an adaptive test. Probably would be easiest to start with a vocab test with rules like the one above. However, the process of proctoring tests over the internet is going to require some serious brainwork before we can start signing off on things like skilled trades certifications and IQs.
The most *useful* thing I learned in the course of this project is that I’ll never again have to code an HTML form by hand again, thank God:
Forms are a royal pain in the ass–I think my new rule for technology is “doing anything manually is for poor people”.