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Brief history Purpose of the standards
Having guidelines to evaluate and improve test services can be beneficial in discovering areas for improvement.
The attendee will gain an understanding of the standards and guidelines for post-secondary test centers to improve his/her test center. The attendee will learn how to subscribe to the NCTA Standards and guidelines. After this session, the attendee will subscribe to the NCTA Standards and guidelines.
NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines for Post-Secondary Test Centers Selected NCTA Standards for Use in a Certification Process
Overview the structure of the document Benefits Standards Guidelines
The standards and guidelines are intended to serve as a model for post-secondary test centers in the delivery of quality national testing services. The standards and guidelines endorse requirements without directly enforcing them, allowing discretion appropriate to specific programs.
Benefits of adhering to the NCTA Standards To examinees To test companies To test centers To institutions To NCTA
Intended to be standards of achievement Guidelines are listed as objectives rather than instructions for a specific task. Paper-based testing Computer based testing
Chosen by the Certification Committee as important for all test centers For test centers trying to become certified, these standards will guide the organization of basic operational procedure and documentation All standards are taken from the larger document of standards and guidelines
Mission Statement Physical Facilities Test Integrity Confidentiality Staff Training and Procedures
Program Evaluation Testing Agreements/Contracts Test Center Staff Services Provided Public Relations
Why would you want to subscribe? Go the NCTA website at Log In Click Resources, the NCTA Standards Read the introduction, standards, and guidelines thoroughly, taking time to consider how to implement them at your test center. Then go to the drop down box at the bottom and take the action you wish (subscribe or do not subscribe at this time).
The standards and guidelines are intended to serve as a model for post-secondary test centers in the delivery of quality national testing services. The standards and guidelines endorse requirements without directly enforcing them, allowing discretion appropriate to specific programs. There are no perfect test centers.
Rules of the game Everyone in room put session handouts away 3 people on each of the 2 teams 30 seconds to answer each question
Scoring: each team gains points by correctly answering questions The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Each team is assigned a question to answer. There will be a captain for each team who will provide the final team answer. If the addressed team cannot correctly answer a question, no points are gained and presenter gives the correct answer. Then the second team attempts to answer the next question.
T or F The standards were created solely by the major testing companies so that test centers could set goals for improving services.
T or F The NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines for Post-Secondary Test Centers were developed seven years ago.
Name one group that can benefit from the use of the NCTA Standards.
Name another group that can benefit from the use of the NCTA Standards.
The standards are organized into five sections. Name one of the sections of the standards for one point.
Which statement about the policy standards concerning high quality operations and ethical practices does not belong? 1. Maintain adequate physical facilities and location suitable to the requirements of the testing program. 2.Operate in a diligent manner to promote honesty, integrity, and fairness in all testing procedures. 3. Protect the confidentiality and rights of privacy of examinees and staff when allowing lists of examinees information to be sold to marketing firms to provide income for the test center. 4. Protect the integrity of the test.
Which statement is not proper? 1. Treat examinees in a fair, courteous, professional, and nondiscriminatory manner. 2. Testing relatives under standardized conditions, whether paper and pencil or computer based, provides an opportunity for family members to see test center staff in a new role of authority. 3. Make referrals to other campus offices and testing resources, as needed to provide students and clients with the most appropriate services of the institution and community. 4. Address examinee concerns with empathy while maintaining the integrity of the administration.
T or F Testing companies will send contracts to test centers to establish agreements for distance learning testing.
T or FFor contractual agreements between testing companies and test centers, specifics must be disclosed to test centers in advance to allow for any exceptions or special agreements to be negotiated.
T or FPayment for delivery of testing services may be to the test center or its institution, to individuals, or to both, depending on the contract.
T or FOne common aspect of contracts is that a mandatory token payment system will not be allowed regardless of circumstances.
T or FIt is not necessary to have one person as the designated head of a test center, since usually it takes a team to administer the various testing programs.
T or FThe testing operations manager (head of the test center) is the primary institutional contact with the testing company and is ultimately responsible for the appropriate administration of testing programs.
T or F The testing operations manager should participate in professional development activities to stay current with trends in testing.
T or F The testing operations manager alone should be knowledgeable about test policies and processes.
Which does not belong? Test center personnel are encouraged to make formal and informal connections across the campus 1. To inform others about testing services 2. To promote appropriate interaction between the test center and other institutional departments 3. To provide an opportunity for staff to take a break from testing in the office 4. To assure effective facilitation of test administration
Choose the statement that is not true. To achieve efficient, reliable, and timely test administration, the test center must: 1. Develop effective working relationships with faculty and institutional departments. 2. Become part of the Academic Affairs division on campus 3. Collaborate and communicate with faculty and academic departments about policies and procedures for the administration of classroom exams 4. Maintain appropriate records (e.g. test tracking logs, program statistics, and exam scores).
Which is not correct? 1. All testing materials and computers used in testing must be kept in a locked vault with only one person on campus having access. 2. The conditions under which tests are handled, stored, and administered are extremely important. 3. Stored test materials must be in a locked space with no insecure points of access (no windows, transoms, false ceilings, etc).
Which of these are things that the Testing Operations Manager and/or staff must do (concerning physical facilities): 1. Maintain a distraction-free testing environment; anticipate outside factors that may divert the attention of examinees, and take action to avoid these. 2. Consider room temperature; attempt to correct as needed. 3. Assure adequate lighting (using established guidelines). 4. Provide adequate test room(s)/space for given volume. 5. Provide seating and writing surfaces appropriate for test volume, test materials, candidate characteristics, ADA, and other special requirements. 6. Seat examinees according to company specification to limit their view of others' work. 7. Check facility to assure readiness for testing. 8. Have backup plans in case of emergency or problem, if possible. Contact company about shift to any backup plan.
T or F Providing special accommodations is ideal for a test center but it is not required. It is the responsibility of the person with disabilities to find other locations for approved accommodations.
T or F Specific computer equipment may be dedicated for use by one companys programs or, if agreed to by the test center and companies, some equipment may be designated for use by multiple companies.
Access to the test site requires that: 1. ADA requirements are met. 2. Adequate parking is available. 3. Both of the above.