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Scoring models for polytomous items


| High Stakes Testing|Psychometrics|Research|Resources|Testing

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 […]

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


| High Stakes Testing|Online Proctoring|Psychometrics

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 […]

MLPAO Now Offering MLA/T Exam Online


| High Stakes Testing|Online Proctoring|Press release|Uncategorized

TORONTO, Ont. (April 23, 2020) Yardstick Assessment Strategies is pleased to announce they have entered into an agreement with The Medical Laboratory Professionals Association of Ontario to provide the Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician (MLA/T) exam online using live proctoring, starting August 2020. “We are excited about this partnership,” says Michelle Hoad, CEO of the MLPAO. “Yardstick […]

What is a Psychometrician Anyways?


| High Stakes Testing|Psychometrics|Testing

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 […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // POUR PUBLICATION IMMÉDIATE: Meazure Learning


| High Stakes Testing|Press release|Testing

le français suivra* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ProctorU and Yardstick Assessment Strategies Merge to Form Meazure Learning, Establishing World’s Most Secure Testing Network and Platform Meazure Learning raises more than US$30M in growth capital in conjunction with the merger, enabling additional investments in technology and services BIRMINGHAM, Ala. and OTTAWA, Ont. (January 14, 2020) – ProctorU, […]

Event line-up for YAS at CNAR 2019


| Events|High Stakes Testing|Psychometrics|Uncategorized

[metaslider id=”9365″] This year’s conference of Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR) will be held at Québec City’s historic Château Frontenac. As Premier Sponsor of CNAR 2019, Yardstick Assessment Strategies has the privilege of participating in several events throughout the conference, including those listed below. If you would like to connect with YAS beforehand, […]

Dr. Isabelle Gonthier presents on comparing remote proctoring & test centre supervision at the ABNS Conference in Chicago


| Events|High Stakes Testing|Press release|Psychometrics|Research|Testing

Yardstick Assessment Strategy’s President & COO, Dr. Isabelle Gonthier, is slated to present at the American Board of Nursing Specialities (ABNS) Conference on October 5th. Dr. Gonthier is an industry leader in exploring the impact of remote proctoring on exam validity. The 90-minute presentation is called: How does remote proctoring ‘rival’ test-center exam delivery: An […]

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 […]

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 […]