[IPAC-List] Asking SMEs to evaluate the representativeness of a test, as a whole?

Joel Wiesen jwiesen at appliedpersonnelresearch.com
Thu Aug 26 14:27:26 EDT 2021


Thank you for your reply.

I agree, we do our best to develop a test that is a representative 
sample of the job.

I also agree that the concern about test security limits what SMEs can 
do before the exam is held, for the reason you describe.

My inquiry concerns SME input after the exam has been held.  (My 
question should have been worded more clearly.)

After the test is held, test security is less of an issue.

I am wondering about the use of SME's, after the test has been held, to 
evaluate whether the test is a representative sample of the job.

Has anyone done that and, if so, how has it worked out?

Thank you.


On 8/26/21 1:51 PM, Lance Seberhagen wrote:
> SMEs normally rate each test item.  Test security is major concern.  
> Must prevent SMEs from leaking exam questions to candidates.  This has 
> been a problem in police depts.  One solution is to use SMEs from 
> other police depts in same state.  If SMEs from same dept are used, 
> they must be high-ranking officials who sign nondisclosure agreement, 
> with severe penalty for violation.  Dept should also have general 
> order that prohibits cheating on promotional exams, with severe 
> penalty for violation.  I have had no problem with promotional exams I 
> have developed following these procedures.
> Lance
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> of a test, as a whole?
> Has anyone asked SMEs to evaluate or rate the representativeness of 
> the content of a promotional exam?
> I would be interested in learning how that was done and how it worked out.
> Thank you.
> Joel
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