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Administering our tests
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We believe you should have the right tools and information to find people who will thrive. Our tests are designed to assess applicants’ potential to succeed on demanding academic courses and in the workplace.
All of our tests are rigorously developed and reviewed to provide accurate and relevant measures of skill, across all groups of applicants. Here’s an overview of our test development and review process:
We work with key stakeholders to ensure our tests are appropriate for the intended purpose, considering the requirements of admissions processes, and those of test-takers.
Test items (questions) follow detailed specifications and are written by trained item writers with a background in teaching and learning.
Items are reviewed and edited to ensure they conform to the test specification, are clear and unambiguous, and meet our high quality standards.
Where appropriate, test items are pretested with sample groups who have a similar profile to actual test-takers. This ensures that items perform as expected.
Our tests are assembled from a pool of approved test items. Each version of the test is constructed to reflect the correct level of difficulty and ensure each subject area or skill being assessed is being covered.
Our tests are administered in secure, standardised conditions in our network of centres around the world. This ensures that all test-takers have the same experience and ensures the security of test material is maintained.
We run routine statistical analyses after each test session to confirm the quality of our test items and to ensure they have been fair to all groups of test-takers.
Analysing the performance of different test-taker groups on each test item highlights any potential for bias. This is known as differential item functioning (DIF) analysis. For examiner-marked papers, we also run analyses of marker performance to ensure quality and consistency.
By reviewing our tests we ensure they remain fit for purpose. Information from statistical analyses and feedback from stakeholder groups feeds into our test format and content review cycle, informing future test design and development.
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