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What are Pretest Questions and Why Do We Use Them?

March 22, 2017  | By  | Leave a comment

Pretest questions, also referred to as pilot or beta questions, do not count towards candidate’s scores but do provide useful... View Article




Managing Low-Volume Examination Programs: Where Theory Meets Reality

March 15, 2017  | By  | 1 Comment

By Christine Depascale, MS, and Joy Matthews-López, PhD Low-volume examination programs face challenges that don’t necessarily apply to mid- to large-volume... View Article




Action Design for Instruction and Assessment

March 1, 2017  | By  | Leave a comment

There are many areas of life where people have the desire to take actions, but have difficulty following through. This... View Article




Tools of the Trade

February 15, 2017  | By  | Leave a comment

What is the role of a psychometrician and software in the development and maintenance of a certification examination program? As... View Article




What to Consider When Evaluating Item-Banking Systems

February 2, 2017  | By  | Leave a comment

One of the most important decisions a credentialing organization will make is the selection of an item-banking system for its... View Article




Microcredentials: Insights from Several Organizations

October 19, 2016  | By  | Leave a comment

  During the recent E-ATP conference, Dr. Reed Castle and I had the opportunity to talk with participants about their... View Article




What is Measurement Error and What is its Relationship to Reliability?

October 13, 2016  | By  | Leave a comment

When discussing the statistical properties of an exam, one may hear the term “error” or measurement error used by psychometricians.... View Article




Know Your Certification Program’s Risks and Vulnerabilities

September 14, 2016  | By  | 2 Comments

It all starts so innocently.  You want to develop a certification program to do something good—elevate the status of your... View Article




How A Threat Analysis Can Help Safeguard Impartiality

May 18, 2016  | By  | Leave a comment

For certification bodies (CBs) accredited to, or working toward, International Standard ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity assessment—General requirements for bodies operating certification... View Article




The Use of Certification and Licensure Programs in Developing Career Path Models

April 27, 2016  | By  | Leave a comment

Over the past few years there has become increasing interest in the number of ISO/IEC 17024 accredited certification bodies certifying... View Article