The shortened Raven standard progressive matrices: item response theory-based psychometric analyses and normative data

W. van der Elst*, C. Ouwehand, P. van Rijn, N. Lee, M. van Boxtel, J. Jolles

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The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of a shortened version of the Raven Standard Progressive Matrices (SPM) under an item response theory framework (the one-and two-parameter logistic models). The shortened Raven SPM was administered to N = 453 cognitively healthy adults aged between 24 and 83 years. The IQ point estimates that were obtained under the one-and two-parameter logistic models were very similar (r = .97), but the two-parameter logistic-based test version had a higher measurement precision. The results showed that older age and being female were associated with a lower Raven SPM test performance. A user-friendly computer program was provided to facilitate the scoring and norming of the shortened Raven SPM under the different frameworks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-59
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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