Item Review

Developing a high-quality item bank is an extremely involved process, and authoring of the items is just the first step.  Items need to go through a defined workflow, with multiple people providing item review.  For example, you might require all items to be reviewed by another content expert, a psychometrician, an editor, and a bias reviewer.  Each needs to give their input and pass the item along to the next in line.

Both of our platforms, FastTest and, have powerful functionality to manage this process.  Admin users can define the stages and the required input, then manage the team members and flow of items. is unique in the industry with its use of Kanban boards – recognized as the best UI for workflow management – for item review.

An additional step, often at the same time, is standard setting.  One of the most common approaches is called the modified-Angoff method, which requires you to obtain a difficulty rating from a team of experts for each item.  The Item Review interfaces excel in managing this process as well, saving you all the effort of manually managing that process!

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  • Create Workflow

    Specify your stages and how items can move between them

  • Define your review fields

    These are special item metadata fields that require input from multiple users

  • Move new items into the workflow

    Once an item is written, it is ready for review

  • Assign items to users

    Assign the item in the UI, with the option to send an email

  • Users perform reviews

    They can read the item, interact as a student would, and then leave feedback and other metadata in the review fields; then push the item down the line

  • Admins evaluate/export the results

    Admins can evaluate the results and decide if an item needs revision, or if it can be considered released.