Test stakes

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Test stakes (/steɪks/) are the investment in terms of effort, time and money made by test takers in preparation for a test.

A high-stakes test is one where an important decision rests upon the outcome of the test; an example being whether or not to admit someone to university course, where construct reliability is a serious concern.

Conversely, a low-stakes test is one where decisions are relatively unimportant because there aren't downstream effects, or those effects can be otherwise mitigated. Placement tests are often low-stakes because any misplacement can be corrected.

The term "stakes" is used by analogy with gambling.