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1. This Department of Energy (DOE) Handbook is approved for use by all DOE
Components and their contractors. The Handbook incorporates editorial changes to DOE-
STD-1009-92, Guide to Good Practices for the Development of Test Items, and supersedes
DOE-STD-1009-92. Technical content of this Handbook has not changed from the original
technical standard. Changes are primarily editorial improvements, redesignation of the
standard to a Handbook, and format changes to conform with current Technical Standards
2. This technical standard, used in conjunction with the DOE Guide to Good Practices for
the Design, Development, and Implementation of Examinations, can be used as an aid to
provide a framework for the systematic development of valid and reliable examinations.
Detailed examples of short answer, multiple-choice, and essay test-item formats are
included to aid in developing effective test items. Users are not obligated to adopt all parts
of this Handbook; rather, they can selectively use the information to establish or improve
facility training programs as applicable.
3. Beneficial comments (recommendations, additions, deletions) and any pertinent data
that may improve this document should be sent to the Office of Nuclear Safety Policy and
Standards (EH-31), U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC 20585, by letter or by
using the self-addressed Document Improvement Proposal (DOE F 1300.3) appearing at the
end of this document.
4. DOE technical standards, such as this Handbook, do not establish requirements.
However, all or part of the provisions in a technical standard can become requirements
under the following circumstances:
(1) They are explicitly stated to be requirements in a DOE requirements document; or
(2) the organization makes a commitment to meet a technical standard in a contract or in a
plan or program required by a DOE requirements document.
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