How do you ensure every step in your test development process is efficient and legally defensible?

Best Practices for Pretesting Exam Items

All testing programs need processes for incorporating new content into their examinations, with pretesting being key. This article covers the main considerations for any program incorporating a pretesting process, including modes of delivery, candidate disclosure, method of presentation, percentage of pretest items in an existing form, number of candidate exposures prior to analysis and optimal parameters for transition of pretest to live item. Read more >>

Best Practices in Item Development for Online Testing

As an increasing number of corporations shift their employment and aptitude tests to computerized formats, new challenges arise in conjunction with the conceptualization, design and implementation of these electronic tests and assessments. Read more >>

Considerations for Computer-Based Test Item Development

Paper and pencil tests (PPT) have long faced challenges, including security, psychometrics and legal defensibility. Computer-based testing (CBT) faces those challenges and more, including new Internet-related issues such as cheating and item overexposure. This article explains how a standardized process can help organizations effectively meet the challenges inherent in both tests. Addressing test item development, psychometric editing and ways to analyze field responses, it outlines ways to test that are legally defensible while minimizing the risk of online exposure. The result is a test that is objective, highly effective and credible. Read more >>

Certifying Green: The State and Future of the LEED Exam
U.S. Green Building Council

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), offered by the U.S Green Building Council, is a voluntary credentialing program that defines "high-performance green building systems." Driving the system's adoption are LEED Accredited Professionals - individuals who passed the rigorous LEED exam. To manage the LEED program's exponential growth, the Council depends on Prometric, the global leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment. This case study shows how Prometric helped the Council expand the reach of the LEED AP program through a vast global network of test centers, each staffed with trained proctors and equipped with leading testing technology and security measures. Read more >>

Internal Psychometric Guidelines for Classical Test Theory

This document describes the general guidelines by which Prometric internal psychometricians evaluate and flag internal items for additional review. These guidelines apply to those programs that utilize classical test theory; this document also outlines Prometric recommendations for Item Bank Ratios. Read more >>

Assembling Specifications for Job Analysis:
An Introduction to Best Practices

The term job analysis refers to procedures designed to obtain descriptive information about the tasks performed by professionals and/or the knowledge, skills, or abilities thought necessary to adequately perform those tasks. The primary purpose of many job analyses is to provide validity evidence for creating employment-related tests, such as those used to hire or promote employees, or to grant a license or certification. To facilitate the creation of these examinations, test specifications must be created. This article outlines methodology for establishing specifications and helps provide the basis for psychometrically sound and legally defensible examinations. Read more >>

Creating Online Tests That Stand Up to Legal Challenges

How can organizations ensure that their online tests are legally defensible? This article outlines concrete best-practices answers that will help ensure that test items accurately and fairly assess all candidates in the pool. Steps include standardizing the process, conducting a rigorous review, collecting and analyzing data, and documenting the results. By following the process outlined in this article, organizations can create defensible exams that provide all candidates with an equal opportunity to display their knowledge. Read more  >>

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