Nedelsky Method of Standard Setting

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The Nedelsky method is an approach to setting the cutscore of an exam.  Originally suggested by Nedelsky (1954), it is an early attempt to implement a quantitative, rigorous procedure to the process of standard setting.  Quantitative approaches are needed to eliminate the arbitrariness and subjectivity that would otherwise dominate the process of setting a cutscore.  […]

What is Psychometrics?

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Psychometrics is the science of educational/psychological testing.  It studies how tests are developed, delivered, and scored.  Psychometricians tackle fundamental questions around assessment, such as how to determine if a test is reliable or if a question is of good quality, as well as much more complex questions like those listed below.  The goal of psychometrics […]

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE Exam)


An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE Exam) is an assessment designed to measure performance of tasks, typically medical, in a high-fidelity way.  It is more a test of skill than knowledge.  For example, I used to work at a certification board for ophthalmic assistants; there were 3 levels, and the top two levels included both a knowledge […]

Exam Development for Professional Credentialing

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The exam development for professional credentialing – Licensure & Certification Tests – is incredibly important.  Such exams serve as gatekeepers into many professions, often after people have invested a ton of money and years of their life in preparation.  Therefore, it is critical that they be developed well, and have the necessary supporting documentation.  So […]

NCCA Accreditation of Certification Programs: What Is It?

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NCCA Accreditation is a stamp of approval on the quality of a certification program, governed by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).™  This is part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence™, the leader in the world of professional credentialing.  Note that Certification is different from Licensure, Microcredentials, and other terms. What do we mean […]

What is the Beuk Compromise?

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The Beuk Compromise or Beuk Adjustment is a method for a “reality check” on the results of a modified-Angoff standard setting study.  It is well-known that experts will often overestimate examinee capabilities and choose a cutscore that is too high – in some cases, so high that even the experts themselves would fail the exam!  […]

What is test equating?

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Laila Issayeva, MSc Nathan Thompson, PhD Test equating refers to the issue of defensibly translating scores from one test form to another.  That is, if you have an exam where half of students see one set of items while the other half see a different set, how do you know that a score of 70 […]

Certification and Licensure – What is the difference?

Certification and Licensure – What is the difference

Certification and Licensure are two terms that are used quite frequently to refer to examinations that someone has to pass to demonstrate skills in a certain profession or topic.  They are quite similar, and often confused.  This is exacerbated by even more similar terms in the field, such as accreditation, credentialing, certificate, and microcredentials.  This […]

The Bookmark Method of Standard Setting

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Authors:  Laila Issayeva, MS Nathan Thompson, PhD   The Bookmark Method of standard setting (Lewis, Mitzel, & Green, 1996) is a scientifically-based approach to setting cutscores on an examination. It allows stakeholders of an assessment to make decisions and classifications about examinees that are constructive rather than arbitrary (e.g., 70%), meet the goals of the […]

Types of Remote Proctoring: What’s The Best Fit For Me?

Types of Remote Proctoring

There are many types of remote proctoring on the market, spread across dozens of vendors, especially new ones that sought to capitalize on the pandemic which were not involved with assessment before hand.  With so many options, how can you more effectively select amongst the types of remote proctoring? What is remote proctoring? Remote proctoring […]