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Constructing validity arguments for test combinations

By Saskia Wools, Theo Eggen, Anton Béguin


The argument-based approach to validation has been widely adopted in validation theory. However, this approach aims to validate the intended interpretation and use of a single test or assessment.

This article proposes an extension of the argument-based approach for validation of multiple tests. This extension is illustrated with the validation of a competency assessment program (CAP). This CAP was validated in collaboration with a quality manager of an educational program.

In this case study, it became apparent that this approach fosters an in-depth evaluation of the assessment program and that the approach appears suitable for validation efforts of competency assessment programs. The approach guides validation research from a more general perspective, but also guides more detailed validation efforts.

How to cite

Wools, S., Eggen, T. J. H. M., & Béguin, A. A. (2015). Constructing validity arguments for test combinations. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 48, 10–18.


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