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2007 Annual Conference “ Windows and Continuous CBT: a Brief Overview ” George T Gray, EdD ACT, Inc.

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1 2007 Annual Conference “ Windows and Continuous CBT: a Brief Overview ” George T Gray, EdD ACT, Inc

2 Atlanta, Georgia 2007 Annual Conference Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation Continuous CBT vs. Testing in Windows Primary reason for continuous testing Convenience for candidates The test can be taken any time

3 Atlanta, Georgia 2007 Annual Conference Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation Reasons for testing in windows instead of continuous testing Inability to calculate passing score until candidates have tested (new items) Testing timed to coincide training program graduation Item exposure - Items seen by same number of candidates but over shorter interval of time Administrative considerations (updating item pools, registration windows) Focus on development of a single annual test form Candidate motivation – less procrastination if there is a time-limited testing event

4 Atlanta, Georgia 2007 Annual Conference Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation Two Exposure Scenarios Testing one day every three months, item seen one day every 18 months, 4000 candidates, 33% exposure Testing every day, item seen every day, 1500 candidates over a period of years, <15% exposure

5 Atlanta, Georgia 2007 Annual Conference Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation Where does the balance lie? No shortage of opinion, but probably no consensus

6 Atlanta, Georgia 2007 Annual Conference Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation Are large item pools necessary for continuous CBT? Psychometric opinion differs, and some organizations are more concerned about compromise of their item pool by cheating than others

7 Atlanta, Georgia 2007 Annual Conference Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation My minimum recommendations for continuous testing Multiple test forms for candidates who retest or pool-based item selection method Items must have statistics from previous use or at least passing score information associated with them (eg. Angoff ratings)

8 Atlanta, Georgia 2007 Annual Conference Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation What are certification organizations doing? An informal survey of certification programs: 14 organizations offering continuous testing 4 organizations offering windows of a month or more 1 organization offering a one-week window 2 organizations offering a one-day window 1 organization offering one examination with continuous testing and others with one day windows

9 Atlanta, Georgia 2007 Annual Conference Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation continuous or windows testing not necessarily related to size of program. One windows testing program tests tens of thousands of candidates: 2 months online and one month offline. Some programs that have annual candidate volumes in the hundreds offer continuous testing

10 Atlanta, Georgia 2007 Annual Conference Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation Speaker Contact Information George T. Gray, EdD ACT, Inc.


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