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Video – Why, When, and How to Use this Item Type

September 30, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

The video item type is useful across a wide range of content areas and exam programs. Video can be used to better represent crucial aspects of the profession. In addition, video can facilitate coverage of test content not easily measured with traditional written stems.




Are Micro-Credentials Right for Your Organization?

September 23, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

With the release of the micro-credential white paper “Micro-Credentials: Preparing a Skilled Workforce in Real Time,” which you can download here, we are bringing you a series of excerpts from the paper that we think are important to highlight.




Testing Essentials: Scoring QC

September 17, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

Reed Castle, Ph.D.

The primary goal of any testing program is to treat test takers in a fair and equitable manner and to assure that inferences made from an exam score are appropriate. To do so, one component is to maintain proper scoring and reporting procedures. 




WHITE PAPER – Microcredentials: Combining Theory with Real World Application

September 9, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

Many industry sectors are experiencing a shortage of skilled and qualified workers. While professional certifications are one way workers can demonstrate their qualifications, they are time and resource intensive coming to market. Also, some jobs require workers with specific skills, rather than the full range of knowledge and skills required to perform an entire job (traditional certification/traditional job).




The Need for a Needs Assessment: Why Every Certification Program Should Begin with a Needs Assessment

September 2, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

If you ask psychometricians and test developers, “What is the first step in developing a certification program?” a majority of them will respond that the first step is to conduct a job/task analysis. From a measurement perspective, they would be right. Once an organization has determined that they want to go through the process of developing a certification program, a logical first step is to conduct a job/task analysis. However, there is a critical step that every organization should take before reaching that point, although few do take it. That first step is to conduct a needs assessment.