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5 Tips for Designing Effective Pre-Employment Tests with an Easy Test Creator

Posted by Jennie Aldridge Mar 17, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Disney CEO Michael Eisner once remarked that “My assets go home every night,” in reference to his employees, and that sentiment is echoed by many business leaders today. Having the best people is now rightly recognized as one of the greatest strengths a company can have, and as a result, organizations are devoting more time to perfecting their hiring process.

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Topics: Test maker, Test creation generator, Test creator

The Benefits on Online Testing vs. Paper Tests

Posted by Jennie Aldridge Jul 9, 2015 1:27:00 PM

Today, so many components of our lives are going paperless: offices, banking, bills and assessments. While online tests are certainly more convenient than paper and pencil tests, what administrators should also take into consideration is if, and how they impact the test taking process. Do online assessments offer any benefits over traditional paper tests? Are there any shortcomings that can be improved upon?

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Topics: randomization, Test creation generator, Generate online exam

The Importance of Proper Documentation for Test Creation/Maintenance

Posted by Jennie Aldridge Jul 24, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Effective electronic test creation is about more than constructing an assessment and administering it to a test group.  On paper or on-screen, what makes an assessment truly useful is the careful planning and documentation that went into its development. An understanding of how best to pose questions, reflect on test-taker input, and improve subsequent assessments is what makes or breaks a test in terms of actionable results. Test creation software can provide a range of tools to facilitate the process of efficient and flexible assessment, but without planning and follow-up, the data gathered will be of little use to the administrator.

Here are a few best practices to consider when developing your next test:

Establishing Clear Objectives

The first rule of test planning is to ask what precisely you wish to evaluate.  Regardless of industry or field, we can learn a lot from academic planning processes – which place an enormous emphasis on defining learning objectives and designing targeted tools that determine to what extent these goals have been met. For example, in order to find out if a test-taker has an effective grasp of a new software application, the administrator would first need to define exactly what constitutes proficiency. He or she would create a list of key competencies and for each item, plan questions or tasks that would best test the subject’s grasp of them.  This planning document should be continually improved as test developers refine the learning objectives along with their understanding of how to effectively target and measure ability.

Validating Your Test Model

How can you be sure that your assessment has actually measured the competencies you set out to evaluate? Test Generator makes exam software complete with secure data storage so administrators can analyze and reflect on their results. This process is essential for exposing any weaknesses in question design that have resulted in an incomplete picture of test-taker competency. Comments, edits, and recommendations should all be carefully documented and preserved for sharing amongst stakeholders and as reference for future assessments.

Referencing Resources

How did you go about selecting the objectives for your test or deciding on the form its questions/tasks would take? It’s important for administrators to include or cite any additional resources they used during the planning or validating stages of assessment. Perhaps you consulted an expert in your department, or conducted your own online research? Not only might you be asked to justify certain decisions and results, other stakeholders may wish to pick up and continue your work, and will benefit from familiarizing themselves with the resources you used. Administrators should also should keep track of which test creation generator worked best for their assessment needs, as part of an ongoing reflective improvement process.

What do you consider the most important step of effective test documentation?

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Topics: Exam software, test creation software, Test creation generator

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