Psychometrics is the cornerstone of any high-quality assessment program. However, most organizations can’t afford an in-house Ph.D. psychometrician, which then necessitates the search for psychometric consulting. Most organizations, when first searching, are new to the topic and not sure what role the psychometrician plays.
In this article, we’ll talk about how psychometricians and their tools can help improve your assessments, whether you just want to check on test reliability or pursue the lengthy process of accreditation.
Whether you are establishing or expanding a credentialing program, streamlining operations, or moving from paper to online testing, ASC has a proven track record of providing practical, cost-efficient solutions with uncompromising quality. We offer a free consultation with our team of experts to discuss your needs and determine which solutions are the best fit, including our enterprise SaaS platforms, consulting on sound psychometrics, or recommending you to one of our respected partners.
At the heart of our business are our people.
Our collaborative team of Ph.D. psychometricians, accreditation experts, and software developers have diverse experience developing solutions that drive best practices in assessment. This real-world knowledge enables us to consult your organization with solutions tailored specifically to your goals, timeline, and budget.
Comprehensive Solutions to Address Specific Measurement Problems
Much of psychometric consulting is project-based around solving a specific problem. For example, you might be wondering how to set a cut score on a certification/licensure exam that is legally defensible and meets accreditation standards.
This is a very specific issue, and the scientific literature has suggested a number of sound approaches. Here are some of the topics where psychometricians can really help:
- Test Design: Job Analysis & Blueprints
- Standard and Cutscore Setting Studies
- Item Writing and Review Workshops
- Test and Item Statistical Analysis
- Equating Across Years and Forms
- Adaptive Testing Research
- Test Security Evaluation
- NCCA/ANSI Accreditation
Why psychometric consulting?
All areas of assessment can be smarter, faster, and fairer.
Develop Reliable and Valid Assessments
We’ll help you understand what needs to be done to develop defensible tests and how to implement them in a cost-efficient manner. Much of the work revolves around establishing a sound test development cycle.
Increase Test Security
We have specific expertise in psychometric forensics, allowing you to flag suspicious candidates or groups in real-time, using our automated forensics report.
Our dedicated experts will assist in setting your organization up for success with NCCA/ANSI accreditation of professional certification programs.
We can help your organization develop and publish certification and licensure exams, based on best practices and accreditation standards, in a matter of months.
Effective assessments; Best practices
Item and Test Statistical Analysis
If you are doing this process at least annually, you are not meeting best practices or accreditation standards. But don’t worry, we can help! In addition to performing these analyses for you, you also have the option of running them yourself in our FastTest platform or using our psychometric software like Iteman and Xcalibre.
How do you know what a professional certification test should cover? Well, let’s get some hard data by surveying job incumbents. Knowing and understanding this information and how to use it is essential if you want to test people on whether they are prepared for the job or profession.
Cut score Studies (Standard Setting)
When you use sound psychometric practices like the modified-Angoff, Beuk Compromise, Bookmark, and Contrasting Groups methods, it will help you establish a cutscore that meets professional standards.
It’s all much easier if you use the right software!
Once we help you determine the best solutions for your organization, we can train you on best practices, and it’s extremely easy to use our software yourself. Software like Iteman and Xcalibre is designed to replace much of the manual work done by psychometricians for the item and test analysis, and FastTest automates many aspects of test development and publishing. We even offer free software like the Angoff Analysis Tool.
However, our ultimate goal is your success: Assessment Systems is a full-service company that continues to provide psychometric consulting and support even after you’ve made a purchase. Our team of professionals is available to provide you with additional support at any point in time. We want to ensure you’re getting the most out of our products! Click below to sign up for a free account in FastTest and see for yourself.
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