Presentation on theme: "Computer-Based Testing for EMT Students Vermont EMS and the National Registry of EMTs October 2006."— Presentation transcript:
Computer-Based Testing for EMT Students Vermont EMS and the National Registry of EMTs October 2006
Change is Coming Computer-Based Testing (CBT) is new and will mean a number of changes for: students course coordinators Vermont EMS Office staff the National Registry.
Please be patient as we refine this new process. Results for you: next-day exam results more flexible exam scheduling quicker turnaround on NREMT cards quicker turnaround on VT cards
Registration Results How Computer-Adaptive Testing is Different for Students Testing Sites and Fees Pilot Test Results
Registration About a month before your course ends, you will create an account on the NREMT web site and complete an application for EMT-B certification.
Registration At the end of the course, your course coordinator will sign onto the site and verify you have completed the course
Registration The Vermont EMS Office will sign onto the NREMT web site and verify you: are eligible for certification and have passed the practical exam. Only AFTER all these steps are completed will you receive a card from the NREMT.
Registration The NREMT will electronically provide VTEMS with the information from your application, speeding up your VT certification.
Results You will get your test results ed to you the day after you take your test.
Results Instead of a numerical score, you will get one of three descriptions for the overall test and each section on the test: above the standard near the standard below the standard
Results If you need to retest, you must wait 14 days.
How Computer-Adaptive Testing is Different Since the computer selects items based on how well you do, you should expect the exam to be difficult EVEN IF YOU’RE THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE CLASS
How CAT is Different Expect to feel challenged, even wrung- out after the exam. THIS IS NORMAL.
Testing Sites & Fees Testing sites available in Vermont: Pearson Testing Center, S Burlington VT Police Academy, Pittsford Testing sites available nearby: Littleton, NH Keene, NH Concord, NH Albany, NY area (3 sites)
Testing Sites & Fees Pearson Vue and NREMT charge $70 for someone to take the EMT-B exam. VTEMS plans to pay for one attempt for each Vermont student. A student will have to pay for any retest.
Testing Sites & Fees Pearson does not give refunds, so if you schedule a time and cannot make it, re- schedule. If you miss the appointment, you will have to pay for the next one.
Pilot Test Results Students didn’t know they were going to be challenged, so they felt bad after the test, ESPECIALLY THE BETTER STUDENTS. Keep in mind: Toward the end of the exam, the vast majority get 50% of the questions right.
Pilot Test Results 394 students took pilot test in multiple states EMT-B pass rate was 76.9% Number of questions: First Responder EMT- Basic Minimum7070 Maximum90120
Pilot Test Results More than 95% of students who finished in minimum number of questions passed. Average time on the EMT-B pilot test was 45 minutes. The longest time was 110 min. Maximum allowed time is 2 hours.