For association executives launching new member certification programs, they should consider how the exam will be administered: via paper and pencil-based testing (PBT) or the more pervasive computer-based testing (CBT) method.
While both modes of testing are efficient, in the testing and assessment industry, experts continually weigh the positives and negatives of CBT and PBT. For example, while computer-based tests have the benefit of added security measures, such as biometrics, migration from PBT could cause a temporary decrease in the number of tests administered. On the other hand, while PBTs may seem less complex than CBT, in the long run, the logistics and delivery of a PBT exam can be complex and can add up financially.
Administrators of certification programs need to look within their business segment to make the best decision for their specific program. When making a decision, association execs should consider the merits of various aspects of the two approaches:
After weighing PBT versus CBT options, association execs building complex certification exams benefit by identifying a collaborative testing partner to support, enhance and integrate the exam. Test service providers are familiar with every aspect of any test format – and can facilitate a successful and reliable exam launch.
In some cases, associations may want to take an existing PBT exam and re-launch it in CBT format to incorporate new items, item types or a completely new exam. Migrating from PBT to CBT breeds a general perception that the migration will cause risk, problems or mistakes; this is a complete fallacy. Test services providers do this every day – and can conduct a migration with very little, if any, impact to your program. Association executives want to afford their members the best possible testing experience when gaining industry certifications. Ultimately, when deciding on a testing format all factors should be considered and weighed against the association's expectations and program goals. Knowing what needs to be accomplished can often help dictate whether a PBT or a CBT is right for the association and the candidate base.
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