2 September 2014

The Most Difficult and Easiest Questions in the Application and Theory in Behavioural Science Test

About a month ago I started working on the Application and Theory in Behavioural Science Test (AT BeST). It went through the first round of testing (yes, testing the test) when the difficulty of the questions was assessed.

According to the corrected difficulty score, which I computed using a secret formula, this is the easiest question of the test:

   In an experiment the group of participants who receive a neutral stimulus or no stimulus at all is called:
a. The control group.
b. The treatment group.
c. The spare group.
d. The backup group.

The most difficult question was the following:

   Which theory acknowledges the existence of the two systems of thinking, but claims that System 1 is the one that makes rational / optimal decisions whereas system 2 is the one prone to error:
a. Developmental Theory
b. Fuzzy Trace Theory
c. Theory of Reasoned Action
d. Dual-System of Reasoning Theory

In fact, there was no correct answer given to this question…

All the other 99 questions progress smoothly between the two

Thank you to all the volunteer testers: Eric, Chris, Gerhard, Richard, Nandu, Baki, Sarah, Niels, Paul, Peter, Michiel, Nancy, Richard, Eline, Eveline, Arjan and Robin.

Congratulations to Robin who is the Top Scorer up to date!

Work continues and soon I’ll need someone who can do the technical (IT) work. Any volunteers?

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