The development of credentialing exams (certification, licensure, etc.) requires strong psychometric practices and validity documentation, as outlined by standards such as NCCA and ANSI. One of the first big questions is “How do we decide what the test should cover?” There are 3 steps to answering that question.
- Strategic discussion by the test sponsor to define the purpose of the exam.
- Job analysis, also known as job task analysis or role delineation.
- Conversion of the job analysis data into test blueprints.
This spreadsheet provides a simple example of Step 3, which you can adapt to your needs. Simply fill out the form to download.
For more information on the process, check out this webinar or the book chapter below.
Determining the Content of Credentialing Examinations
Mark Raymond and Sandra Neustel
In the Handbook of Test Development by Downing & Haladyna (2006)