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1 Maintaining Test Security in the U.S. and Internationally Barbara Halsey CLEAR Conference Chauncey Group International San Antonio, TX January 10, 2002 Raymond Nicosia Educational Testing Service

2 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Woman Nabbed in Nurse-Exam Bribe Arrested after offering $700 to an undercover investigator for a passing grade on the practical nurse exam. Had previously sent a test administrator $300 by mail with a note promising to provide an additional $700 on exam day. 4/11/95 Media Coverage

3 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Media Coverage Extensive Cheating Leads to Expulsions and Violence in Bangladesh Violent clashes erupted across Bangladesh when college professors and administrators tried to prevent students from cheating on a compulsory English examination. More than 3,000 students were expelled and nearly 100 people were injured. 11/21/00

4 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Media Coverage Students set principal on fire for refusing to allow cheating in exams Students at an Indian vet's college allegedly set its chief test administrator on fire because he wouldn't let them cheat during exams. 6/28/01

5 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Purpose Today Procedures to Reduce Security Incidents Technology that can help or hurt us Highlight U.S. and International Differences

6 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Registration and Scheduling Eligibility Determination Admission Document Scheduled Appointment Walk-Ins Retake Policy

7 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Identification and Check-In Traditional IDs Thumbprinting Signature Logs Administration Digital Photos Confidentiality Statements

8 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Revised Log Sheet Emphasis on Identification

9 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Confidentiality Statement I agree to maintain the full confidentiality of all test questions, specifically not to reproduce and/or disclose any test question in whole or in part to any person or entity, and understand that if I reproduce test questions in any manner I am subject to a copyright infringement lawsuit and any other action(s) ETS may take.

10 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Confidentiality Statement You are not permitted to leave the test center vicinity during the test session. You are not permitted to use telephones or cellular phones during the test session or during breaks.

11 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Administration Control Testing Environment Room Design Proctoring Breaks Video and Audio Surveillance

12 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved New Multiplexer Video Surveillance Allows every test taker to be consistently recorded Capability to zero in on one test taker

13 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Electronics Once Inside Testing Room Digital Photo: watch, pen/scanner Video/Audio Recorders: hat, eyeglasses, label pin, tie PDA’s/Calculators thesaurus, dictionary

14 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Exit Safeguards Inventories Sign-Out Irregularity Reporting

15 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Cultural Security Challenges Multiple Choice vs. Essay/Oral Formats Objective vs. Subjective Scoring Individual vs. Shared Knowledge/Performance Direct vs. Indirect Communication Styles

16 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Incident Investigations Triggers In-house research On-site investigation Board of Review Remediation

17 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Biometric Scanning A biometrics is a unique, measurable characteristic or trait of a human being for automatically recognizing or verifying identity. Current MethodsFuture Biometrics FingerscanningBody Odor Finger Geometry DNA Hand Geometry Ear Shape Iris Keystroke Palm Retina Signature Vein Voice

18 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Benefits of Biometric Scanning One-for-one impersonation cases Professional test takers who take tests for others Professional test takers who test more than once per month in order to see the items Test takers who alter their names in order to hide lower scores or test multiple times undetected TCA could log-in at the start of day rather than use a password

19 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Wrist Camera

20 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Scanner Pen Threat to paper based test material Record notes from scratch paper Will not record data from computer monitors

21 Educational Testing Service, Copyright 2001, all rights reserved Covert Cameras


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