Articles for Test translation and localisation

offline AI and boiler plate approach in multilingual testing

by Steve Dept - cApStAn partner   Will AI allow test development, item banking, item localization, validation and multilingual test delivery to all happen in one integrated environment? The AI behind adaptive translation is not the same as the AI behind item generation, but they can work together to build ...

The Testing Industry, 21st Century Skills and the Medicane

by Steve Dept - cApStAn partner Dublin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, and now Athens. This was cApStAn's fourth participation in a conference of the European arm of the Association of Test Publishers (E-ATP). Why would a linguistic quality control agency participate in a test publishers' conference? A high-level conference at that, with ...

Redefining the concept of “master version” in test item development to address the “Anglo-Saxon legacy” and other translation effects

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village   In the past two decades, new standards have been defined for the adaptation of assessment instruments into multiple languages. Sophisticated translation designs have become the norm in international large scale assessments (ILSAs). However, in item development, the "Anglo-Saxon legacy" ...

Looking at Comparability from the Vantage Point of Translation and Adaptation

by Steve Dept - cApStAn partner   When either the OECD or GESIS—the Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences—organise a methodological seminar, it is an opportunity to learn something from authoritative sources and to test one’s working assumptions with experts from the field. When OECD and GESIS join forces to organize ...

Multidisciplinary Task Forces to Manage Complexity

Two weeks ago, a complete 18th century library was discovered in Bouillon. The books, all of them over 200 years old, are in pristine condition. A miracle for bibliophiles. The 18th century was the last moment in history when it seemed possible for Encyclopedists to be well-informed about the latest developments ...