Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Computer based testing internationally recognized

A new standard has been released by ISO which outlines the code of practice for IT based computer testing. ISO/IEC 23988:2007, derived from British Standard BS 7988 was released in January 2007 provides a means to (quote from ISO):


  • show that the delivery and scoring of the assessment are fair and do not disadvantage some groups of candidates, for example those who are not IT literate;
  • show that a summative assessment has been conducted under secure conditions and is the authentic work of the candidate;
  • show that the validity of the assessment is not compromised by IT delivery;
  • provide evidence of the security of the assessment, which can be presented to regulatory and funding organizations (including regulatory bodies in education and training, in industry or in financial services);
  • establish a consistent approach to the regulations for delivery, which should be of benefit to assessment centres who deal with more than one assessment distributer;
  • give an assurance of quality to purchasers of "off-the-shelf" assessment software.
Mickie S Rops in her Association Knowledge and Credentialing Blog encourages

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All associations considering or offering computer- or internet-based testing (and all associated service providers/vendors) would benefit from a review of this informative standard which, by the way, applies to both low and high-stakes assessments."

Interestingly one of the key assessment methods - assessment through simulations is excluded in the standard.
Go here for more information from ISO

3 comments:

Mickie Rops said...

Hi Stephen. Just found your blog tonight and subscribed to your feed. Just "for the record", I'm a she!

Mickie S. Rops

Stephen Davies said...

1000, no make that 10,000 apologies. Great to have you signed up.

Stephen Davies said...

Gender now changed!!