Articles for Tests and Assessments

The Chaos Management Skills Assessment Series: A Test Translation Case Study Episode 1 Retrieving and leveraging existing translations

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO Please don’t spend too much time looking up the Chaos Management Skills Assessment. It is a fictitious project, which we set up for the exclusive purpose of this informative series on good practice in skills assessments translation. We have collated events and features from several ...

“Unlocking the Potential of Assessments”: a podcast series to share insights and best practices

Published in: Tests and Assessments

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   End 2019, Questionmark, industry leader in assessment management software, launched a monthly podcast series called "Unlocking the Potential of Assessments." This monthly series is hosted by Founder and Executive Director John Kleeman and shares insights on good practice in designing, ...

Report of OECD-GESIS seminar on translating/adapting instruments in large-scale assessments now published

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   The translation and adaptation of measurement instruments is of vital importance in achieving comparability of data in large-scale assessments. What is meant by "comparability" and how can translations be produced that meet the objectives for comparability? This was the ...

Two recent key international assessments, PISA and ICILS, raise serious concerns about students’ capacity to critically assess information found online

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   Reading is no longer mainly about extracting information; it is about constructing knowledge, thinking critically and making well-founded judgements". "Students need to be able to read complex texts, distinguish between credible and untrustworthy sources of information, and between fact ...

Multilingual tests: Why adequate training of linguists is a key component of translation quality in test translation and adaptation

  by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO   All language service providers will claim that they only work with experienced translators, which is mostly true, but this does not per se ensure translation quality. Serious organisations - and there are many - will invest time in preparing their test translation and ...

Social and emotional skills are not only important for individuals but also shape the larger communities and societies we live in

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   The assessment framework of the OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills (SEL) has just been published. (1) Together with the previously published conceptual framework, the Study now has complete framework documentation explaining all of its substantive and methodological ...

The latest cycle of ICILS reveals that over 40% of students have only minimal ability to critically assess information found online

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   Contrary to common assumption young people do not necessarily develop sophisticated digital skills just by growing up using digital devices: 18% of students who took part in the latest cycle of the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) ...