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Happy Holidays from PTI

December 23, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

From our PTI family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a Happy New Year! Check back... View Article

Inventory Planning in Testing: How Many Items Do We Need to Write?

December 20, 2015  | By  | 

It's one of the most basic questions in planning and maintaining an examination program: How many items do we need to write, review, and pretest? Write too many, and you’re expending resources on inventory that will go stale. Write too few, and you can’t assemble the requisite number of test forms to your specifications.

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To answer the question, you need to review the rules you have established for yourself – your set of constraints.

Professional Testing to Present at ATP 2016 Conference

December 17, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

Professional Testing is thrilled to be presenting at several sessions at the upcoming Innovations in Testing conference, March 20–23, 2016, in Orlando.

Scenarios in Testing: Five Tips to Improve Your Mileage

December 11, 2015  | By  | 

In licensing and certification tests, brevity is considered a virtue. Here’s the stem of a raw item that lacks this virtue.

The driver of a midsized sedan is pleased with the number of miles per gallon of gasoline the car consumes in highway conditions, but is unhappy with the amount of gasoline consumed in city driving. After changing the car’s oil and checking the tire pressure, the driver decides to look at the octane rating of the gasoline. Which of the following grades of gasoline is likely to provide the driver with the most economical gasoline use in city driving conditions?

Test Security Flowcharts

December 9, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

A test security flowchart is a visual protocol that is used to process anomalous (or aberrant) response vectors or incidents, and to do so in a consistent, controlled, unbiased way that contributes to the due diligence of assuring the integrity of resulting scores. By creating a flowchart for each recognized threat to a given program, anomalous or aberrant results can be processed consistently and fairly.

Avoiding (Bad) Discrimination in Licensing and Certification Tests

December 5, 2015  | By  | 

Testing programs are built to discriminate. Licensing and certification tests, specifically, class people into two groups: those who receive the credential and those who do not. The idea is to discriminate on the basis of relevant factors (“Does the candidate now have the knowledge required to perform the task at the required level?”) and not on the basis of irrelevant factors – whatever they may be.

Eight Tips for Reporting Failing Test Scores on Licensing and Certification Tests

December 4, 2015  | By  | 

For the people who take your test, after all the studying and stressing out, nothing beats getting a certificate with a shiny gold seal in your mailbox. That makes a passing score report fairly easy to design. It’s going to be a variation on “Hooray! You made it!”

Chances are, though, that not every candidate is going to get that letter. What are you going to tell the candidate who fails?

Here are eight pro tips:

Using Content Marketing to Attract Certificants

December 2, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

By: Natalie Judd, principal, Big Voice Communications

According to the Content Marketing Institute, content marketing is defined as a “strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.” It is one of the most powerful marketing tools that a certification organization can use to expand its influence, position the program as a thought leader, and attract more certificants.  Plus, by developing and sharing compelling content that is relevant to your audience, you are accomplishing two things: 1) positioning your organization as an industry resource, and 2) enhancing the customer experience – this is the one-two-punch strategy to build loyalty and ultimately a following.