Entries by Nathan Thompson, PhD

Assess.ai named as a Finalist in the 2021 EdTech Awards

We are proud to announce that ASC’s next-generation platform, Assess.ai, was recently announced as a Finalist for the 2021 EdTech Awards. This follows the successful launch of the landmark platform in 2020, where it quickly garnered attention as a finalist for the Innovation award at the 2020 conference of the Association of Test Publishers. What […]

What is Item Analysis?

Item analysis refers to the process of statistically analyzing assessment data to evaluate the quality and performance of your test items. This is an extremely important step in the test development cycle, not only because it helps improve the quality of your test, but because it provides documentation for validity: evidence that your test performs […]

Adaptive Testing Research: JCAT

Do you conduct scholarly research on adaptive testing? Perhaps a thesis or dissertation? Or maybe you have developed adaptive tests and have a technical report or validity study? I encourage you to check out the Journal of Computerized Adaptive Testing as a publication outlet for your adaptive testing research. JCAT is the official journal of […]

What is a question bank?

A question bank refers to a pool of test questions to be used on various assessments across time. For example, a Certified Widgetmaker Exam might have a pool of 500 questions that have been developed over the past 10 years. Suppose the exam is delivered in June and December of every year, and each time […]

Psychometrician and Psychometrist: What’s the difference?

One misconception that I often see on the internet is the distinction, or lack thereof between the words psychometrician and psychometrist. While both work in the field of assessment, they are actually quite unrelated. This post describes how the two are different. The most flagrant offender, curiously, is Google. Like most companies, we utilize AdWords. […]

American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ Partners with Assessment Systems Corporation to Expand ACBSP Certification Access

The American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ (ACBSP™: acbsp.com) has partnered with Assessment Systems Corporation (ASC: assess.com) to advance the written testing procedure to a digitalized assessment model with secure remote proctoring for the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®) and Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® (DACBSP®) certifications.  While this will provide the immediate benefit that […]

Item Banks: 6 Ways To Improve

A core of any decent assessment program are strong item banks. Item banks are a central repository of test questions, each stored with important metadata such as Author or Difficulty. They are designed to treat items are re-usable objects, which makes it easier to publish new exam forms. Of course, the storage of metadata is […]

Tips to Improve Assessment Security During COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic drastically changing all aspects of our world, and one of the most impacted areas is educational assessment and other types of assessment. Many organizations still delivered tests with methodologies from 50 years ago, such as putting 200 examinees in a large room with desks, paper exams, and a pencil. COVID-19 is forcing […]