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


Author: Isabelle Gonthier
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Categories: High Stakes Testing|Psychometrics

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: High Stakes Testing|Online Proctoring|Psychometrics|Research|Testing

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: Online Proctoring|Psychometrics|Research|Testing

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: Psychometrics

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 […]

Join us on June 25th!


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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Categories: Online Proctoring|Psychometrics|Testing|Uncategorized

Security & Psychometrics for Online Exams Thursday, June 25th  2:00PM (EST) Dr. Beauchamp has over 15 years of experience in applied psychometrics in the Canadian credentialing field. He has a PhD from the University of Ottawa in Experimental Psychology, a BA (Honours) from the University of Ottawa in Psychology and an Accounting Diploma from Canadore College.

Scoring models for polytomous items


Author: Alex Diaz
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Categories: 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 […]

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


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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Categories: Online Proctoring|Psychometrics|Testing

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