[IPAC-List] Asking assistance for on-line cognitive testing

Anthony Boyce anthony.boyce at aonhewitt.com
Wed Jul 11 07:55:50 EDT 2012

Hello Harry,

A more efficient alternative to parallel forms may be a computerized adaptive test (CAT), followed by a proctored verification test (V-CAT) directly linked to the candidate's unproctored test. CAT and V-CAT provide the specific advantages of a shorter test during the unproctored administration, a shorter test for verification, and a specific hypothesis test of whether the candidate testing in the proctored setting has the same ability level as the candidate completing the test in the unproctored setting (though I suppose you could construct this type of hypothesis test with parallel forms as well).

A couple large firms have this capability off-the-shelf (e.g., Aon Hewitt and SHL), and I believe some smaller firms are beginning to develop it as well.


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Subject: [IPAC-List] Asking assistance for on-line cognitive testing

And in-person follow-up/verification.
A client wants to do basic skills/cognitive testing for railroad police.
They want to initially test on-line and then bring continuing candidates in for re-testing under proctored conditions;

I would think the ideal solution would be parallel form exams.
Question: Does anyone know of a publisher/vendor who offers this?

Thanks in advance,
Harry Brull

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[mailto:ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org] On Behalf Of Jamie Madigan
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Subject: [IPAC-List] Goals for "proficiency" in a competency?

Looking for some perspectives and benchmarks related to the use of competency models. My agency has set the (perhaps lofty) goal of ensuring that "95% of its employees have the competencies needed to successfully perform this job." This is a long-term goal that was set before my time, and I'm wondering if it's a bit extraordinary to expect that 95% of employees be proficient in all job related competencies.

I was wondering if there was research or if other agencies/organizations could tell what their goals in this area are and how they were set long range.

Jamie Madigan
Jamie.Madigan at nara.gov

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