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2020 in the rear-view: what we are grateful for


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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Categories: Blog Articles

There is no easy way to say this: 2020 has been a typhoon of uncertainty and change and has required a lot of creativity in every aspect of our lives. It’s almost like being back in our adolescent period, a time in all our lives when emotions run high and the consequences of small actions […]

NCCA report evaluates use of online proctoring by accredited programs


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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Categories: Blog Articles

For some time now, online proctoring has been gaining popularity with credentialing programs in order to complement their in-person testing options. Especially in the midst of a pandemic, the ability to remotely test and certify health professionals, technologists, and a variety of other professionals will continue to support pandemic recovery efforts. Despite the increased adoption […]

What Happens When Online Exams Go Unsupervised?


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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Categories: Blog Articles

A recent study published in the Journal of the National College Testing Association looked at student attitudes toward cheating in proctored and unproctored settings. Read the full article here: https://ncta.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/JNCTA/2020%20-%20JNCTA%20-%20Academic%20Dishonesty%20and%20Testing.pdf KEY FINDING: “The results of this study indicate that students are more likely to engage in cheating behaviour in an unproctored environment, as hypothesized.” HIGHLIGHTS: […]

The Time Crunch: How much time should candidates be given to take an exam?


Author: Chris Beauchamp
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Categories: Blog Articles

When developing an assessment, two major decisions a credentialing organization needs to make are: how many items will be on the exam, and how much time candidates will be given to complete the exam. These decisions can have a large impact on fairness and validity. Once an exam has been administered, candidates often report running […]

Scoring models for polytomous items


Author: Alex Diaz
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Categories: Blog Articles

Computer-based exams have long favored multiple-choice question formats due to technological restrictions, but considerable advancements in testing software now allow for more innovative item types to be used, such as multiple select, drag and drop, reorder, matching, true/false, and even long answer essay questions. These item types offer different ways to assess candidates, especially for […]

[Listen] Yardstick President speaks to CBC about the move to online exam delivery


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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Categories: Blog Articles

Check out this radio segment on Adrienne Pan’s “Radio Active” where Yardstick President Dr. Isabelle Gonthier helps explain the shift to online exams, including online proctoring options: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-52-radio-active/clip/15781189-from-math-to-music-exams-have-moved-online

Facilitation in the Age of COVID-19: Making the Most of your Online Client Sessions


Author: Dustin Shullick
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Categories: Blog Articles

COVID-19 has forced many licensure and certification organizations to re-examine the ways in which they approach exam development and consider swapping in-person exercises for online meetings. If current projections around the curve of the virus hold, online sessions may become the norm in organizational life for some time to come. In some ways, this move […]

What is a Psychometrician Anyways?


Author: Chris Beauchamp
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Categories: Blog Articles

As a young boy growing up in a small logging community in Northern Ontario, I always wanted to be a psychometrician. While my friends dreamed of becoming astronauts, police officers or secret agents, I’d dream of a career in psychometrics, standard-setting, item response theory, job analyses and complex data arrays. That’s what dreams are made […]

The importance of constructive marking technology


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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Categories: Blog Articles

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 […]

Maintaining Program Integrity in a Time of Increasing Test Misconduct


Author: Chris Beauchamp
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Categories: Blog Articles

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 […]