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The importance of constructive marking technology

| High Stakes Testing|Software|Testing|Uncategorized

There are different exam question formats that can be used for credentialing examinations. The most common format is multiple-choice questions. However, some credentialing examinations also use constructed-response questions to assess knowledge, skills, and abilities in their credentialing process. Constructed-responses questions require exam candidates to provide a written answer in the form of a few words […]

3 Ways Market Research Can Benefit Your Organization

| Research

One of the major challenges for organizations that offer credentialing services to their members is to manage membership churn (loss of credentialed members over time) and growth. When churn rises too quickly or growth slows unexpectedly, organizational revenue can drop, leading to challenges and reduced offerings or effectiveness within the industry. Luckily, one of the […]

Maintaining Program Integrity in a Time of Increasing Test Misconduct

| Uncategorized

What can credentialing organizations do in order to maintain the integrity of their assessments? Dr. Chris Beauchamp provides advice on how to maintain confidence in the assessment process. Test misconduct is one of the greatest threats that credentialing organizations face when designing and delivering high-stakes assessments. Candidate misconduct is not only becoming more common; it is also […]

The Balancing Act in High-Stakes Exam Delivery: Exam Security and Candidate Experience

| High Stakes Testing

What is high-stakes testing? Why are there rules and processes for administering high-stakes exams? What are the key considerations when administering these exams in test centres across multiple locations? These are all excellent questions that need clear answers for credentialing organizations, regulators, proctors, and candidates. It is especially important that exam administration information and security […]

Announcing the launch of Yardstick Assessment Strategies’ new bilingual website

| Testing

We are excited to announce the launch of Yardstick Assessment Strategies’ (YAS) newly designed website! Our goal with this newly designed website is to create a user-friendly browsing experience for our trusted and valued partners worldwide. We hope you enjoy our modern, uncluttered design that is easy to navigate, and more user-friendly for both English […]

Case Study: FP Canada

| Case Study

Project overview: FP Canada, incorporated on in 1995, is a professional standards-setting and certification body for the financial planning industry in Canada. FP Canada ensures the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professionals and FPSC Level 1 certificants in Financial Planning meet appropriate high standards of competence and professionalism through rigorous requirements of education, examination, experience and […]

Case Study: National Dental Hygiene Certification Board

| Case Study

Project overview: The National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB) acts in the public interest to ensure high quality standards for Dental Hygienists in Canada by providing a valid and reliable testing mechanism for dental hygiene competencies to support Canadian regulatory bodies. On behalf of all Canadian provincial and territorial Dental Hygiene regulators (except QC), the […]

Case Study: Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators

| Case Study

Project overview: The Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) is a National organization whose mandate is to represent the collective interests of Canada’s 10 provincial regulators. Key among those interests in the provision of safe and ethical care from licensed, competent, and qualified paramedics. In support of this goal, COPR published a request for proposals […]

Case Study: The Canadian Nurses Association

| Case Study

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is the national professional voice of registered nurses (RNs) in Canada. CNA’s members include provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges, independent registered nurses from Ontario and Quebec, retired nurses, Canadian Nursing Students’ Association, and the Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties. YAS’ newly redefined partnership with the CNA includes registered […]