Articles for Tests and Assessments

Recent research shows that the language used in job postings may be holding women back from work

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Why are women still underrepresented in many high-profile fields like finance and STEM? The reasons behind this are complex and may include gaps in education, lingering gender stereotypes, lack of role models, and concerns over work-life balance. Findings from a ...

Consultancy Services – Analysis & Adjustment of Language Proficiency Level

cApStAn organises its language services into 22 modules, or building blocks. Depending on the client’s requirements, on time and resources available, and on the purpose and life cycle of the document, cApStAn will combine different modules to assemble a coherent project with the most suitable workflow. You will ultimately decide ...

Item bias as a consequence of hidden social markers in assessment content

If part of the assessment content is loaded with (hidden) social markers that tend to privilege candidates from certain types of socio-economical backgrounds, this may introduce construct-irrelevant variance and item bias. cApStAn founder Steve Dept’s coffee conversation at E-ATP 2021 is conceived as an exchange on how to ensure that ...

Translation Verification instead of Back Translation

Less-resource intensive, better documentation, higher quality Wednesday | September 22, 2021 10.30 EDT (New York) | 15.30 BST (London) | 16.30 CEST (Brussels) REGISTER HERE By popular demand, we’re presenting a new edition of a webinar by cApStAn founders by Andrea FERRARI and Steve DEPT: “Pros and cons of back ...

The evolution of socio-economic disparities in literacy skills ages 15-27 in 20 countries: a study recently published in the BERJ, British Educational Research Journal

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Francesca Borgonovi, from University College London, UK and Artur Pokropek, Educational Research Institute (IBE), Warsaw, Poland, take a broader perspective on socio-economic disparities in educational achievement and attainment a very well-researched study titled: "The evolution of socio-economic disparities in literacy ...

Why involving language services providers (LSPs) in the translation platform design is important

by Roberta Lizzi - Senior project manager, external human resources director When multinational surveys and assessments go digital, content creators, principal investigators or test owners tend to rely on platforms, not only for delivery, but also for the management of the translation process. These platforms can be off-the-shelf or developed ...

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Bias Reduction Consultancy

Download your free copy below Looking at standardized tests and questionnaire content through the lens of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Bias Reduction (DEI-BR) Standardized tests and questionnaires are used in a variety of contexts such as admission to university, certification, accreditation, or hiring. Fairness, validity and reliability are objectives that ...

Detailed Transcript: Translated Instruments: Coverage at the cost of Equity?

Download your free copy below Standardized tests and questionnaires are used in a variety of contexts: admission to university, certification, hiring, or collecting information about background variables, for example. Tests and surveys may come in more than one language. While this broadens the coverage, it may create disparities if the ...

The Wondrous Adaptation Cycle of a PISA2018 Questionnaire Item (and Subsequent Evolutions)

The Wondrous Adaptation Cycle of a PISA2018 Questionnaire Item (and Subsequent Evolutions) Speaker: Shinoh Lee, Survey Localisation Manager at cApStAn LQC Contributor: Elica Krajçeva, Survey Localisation Manager at cApStAn LQC Recorded on 09.03.2021 | Duration: 20 minutes Sophisticated translation designs have become the norm in high-stakes tests and are essential ...

The Role of Linguistic Quality Assurance after Field Trialling

Re-edited by Andrea Ferrari, Co-founder at cApStAn, from a presentation made at CSDI Washington 2012 by Steve Dept, Andrea Ferrari and Juliette Mendelovits The design of major international comparative studies such as OECD’s PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) or IEA’S TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) includes ...

How to best approach the translation and adaptation of tests and surveys for gendered languages

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village  Standardized tests and assessments are used in a variety of different contexts: admission to schools and universities, professional certifications, hiring, or collecting information about background variables, for example, and can come in more than one language. In this case, test ...