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wide-range test

a brief screening instrument administered to gauge ability quickly and determine if a more comprehensive test is needed. Its items vary widely in difficulty so as to measure performance at very broad levels. For example, a wide-range test of vocabulary given to ninth-grade students might include simple words typically known by elementary-school students as well as complex words generally familiar only to college students.

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June 18th 2024

arbitration

arbitration

n. a method of settling controversies in which the parties involved present their arguments and supporting information to an impartial agent, such as a judge or, in a labor dispute, an arbitrator or arbitration board. By mutual agreement, the arbiter’s decision is final. This process is distinguished from mediation, in which the outside agent (the mediator or conciliator) seeks to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement. —arbitrate vb.