Take part in Pearson VUE sessions throughout the conference and discover how you can embrace and navigate new dynamics around assessment. View our sponsor session details.
Monday, 27th September 2021
3:55 - 4:55 p.m. BST
Ye Tong, Pearson VUE
Taisha Steele, Pearson
Joanne Kane, Nathional Conference of Bar Examiners
Jonathan Rubright, National Board of Medical Examiners
Systemic racism, long a societal problem, takes innumerable harmful and pernicious forms. In recent months, it has reached more urgent and heightened importance, with overdue attention and national discussion and, hopefully, potential steps toward dismantling it. As measurement professionals, we have a part to play: our goal is to develop and administer unbiased assessment products and services. We should always reflect on our assessment design and implementation, and ensure we are indeed meeting our goal of creating and using assessments that are fair and equitable for all. In this session, measurement experts will share their experiences and commitment to address equity and fairness issues with assessments.
Assessment can be a useful tool, helping with critical decisions such as whether to grant certification or license, admission, graduation, etc. In order to achieve that goal, the assessment must be fair and equitable to all.
We recognize there is no single solution. However, we will invite the audience in this open and direct dialogue to collectively ponder what we as professionals can do to create an assessment culture that disrupts systemic racism and contributes to a better world.
Tuesday, 28th September 2021
1:25 - 2:10 p.m. BST
Clare Rose, Pearson VUE
David Bennett, Pearson VUE
Neil Wilkinson, Pearson VUE
Tamika Hughes, Pearson VUE
To better meet the needs of a diverse body of test-takers, assessments must become more accessible and more inclusive. Inclusivity covers many facets of test delivery, including affordability, choice of language in content development, availability of exams in language of origin, and ability to use assistive technologies. It also means reaching those with cognitive disorders, including a neurodiverse population.
Test delivery, content development, and measurement services are critical components of providing a more inclusive experience and options for candidates from a variety of backgrounds and needs. In this session, we will facilitate a discussion about current best practice and innovations in this vital area of assessment. We will share our experiences, including challenges and successes in providing more inclusive options for our test sponsors.
3:50 - 4:50 p.m. BST
Rachel Schoenig, Cornerstone Strategies
Linda Adler, NBME
Anthony Zara, Pearson
The pandemic created new expectations for technology’s role in learning and assessment. As pandemic restrictions ease, testing programs must confront whether to further embrace digitisation for changes in delivery modalities and environments. What is the importance of the “voice of the customer” in making those decisions? For example, how much weight should testing programs give to test taker preference when it comes to testing using paper pencil, computer, or tablet delivery modalities? How much of a driver is test taker convenience and access when it comes to permitting remote or test center delivery? As testing programs re-imagine assessment, they will be confronted with how much importance to ascribe to the voice of the test taker versus other testing considerations. Join testing experts from international testing programs and vendors as they consider if, and how, to incorporate the voice of the test taker in assessment design and delivery decisions. It’s the voice of the test taker versus the voice of the customer - a testing throw-down you won’t want to miss!
Wednesday, 29th September 2021
1:40 - 2:20 p.m. BST
Bryan Freiss, Pearson VUE
Nicole Rhyne, The IIA
The adoption of online proctoring (OP) as a delivery methodology was already experiencing moderate growth, but since the global pandemic, that has accelerated significantly. As a result, the implications of moving exam volume to OP has become a hot topic across industry disciplines. Getting far less attention, however, are the differences found when investigating incidents of misconduct in online-proctored delivery versus traditional brick-and-mortar test center delivery. Unsurprisingly, the two can differ greatly.
During this session, the facilitators will discuss the different cheating techniques candidates use and how their organizational investigation strategies have changed to match.
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1:40 - 2:20 p.m. BST
Matthew Poyiadgi, Pearson VUE
Steve Flatman, AICPA & CIMA
Casey Kearns, Pearson VUE
Depending on what your exam is measuring and the degree of risk involved, both play an important role in deciding which delivery modality you choose for your high-stakes certification programme. The pandemic has accelerated a shift in programmes adjusting to meet market needs, and flexibility of delivery options is no longer a nice to have.
Allowing your candidates the choice and flexibility to sit an exam in a test centre, at home, or in a client-proctored setting increases your reach, provides flexibility for the candidate, and allows for business continuity when needed. In this session, an industry expert with more than 25 years of experience working on the set-up, delivery, and growth of global testing programmes, together with a representative from the global financial services industry, will discuss their experiences, insights, and learnings utilising multi-modal test delivery for their learners.
What you’ll hear:
• A look at different test modalities
• Learnings a year-on from using multi-modal delivery options
• Considerations for test design, accommodations, breaks, etc.
• Answers to key questions like: “Is multi-modal here to stay?”
Be prepared to walk away from this session with a better understanding of what test delivery modality options may work for your test programme, along with the benefits and questions you should be asking yourself or test provider.