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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: […]

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

WEBINAR: Psychometrics: The Yardstick Difference


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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Categories: Events|Psychometrics|Testing

Knowing that your exam accurately measures a candidate’s skills or knowledge can be a complicated affair. Psychometrics in the professional testing industry is the scientific process of ensuring measurement tools like exams are accurate and fair. Dr. Isabelle Gonthier, President of Yardstick, will share her knowledge from decades of working in the field of psychometrics […]

What is a Psychometrician Anyways?


Author: Chris Beauchamp
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Categories: 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


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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Categories: 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, […]

This Year’s CNAR Presentation: Testing Accommodations for Adults


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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Categories: Events|High Stakes Testing|Psychometrics|Testing

Next week at the annual conference held by the Canadian Network for Agencies of Regulation (CNAR), Dr. Isabelle Gonthier will be discussing the topic of test accommodations for adults during a breakout session on Tuesday, October 29th. This session is open to all CNAR 2019 attendees. From the CNAR 2019 Program Guide: Test Accommodations for […]

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


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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Categories: 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 […]