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Date Updated: December 11, 2018

Health Profession Services

Test Development

The collective expertise of the Test Development staff ensures that the content and format of test materials is appropriate, that the language is clear, and the highest level of accuracy, consistency, and security are maintained.  Test Development supports health profession organizations with services that include:

  • Conducting item-writing workshops that provide on-going training for item writers
  • Providing advice and support for a broad array of start-up activities including development of blueprints and content classification systems, generation or expansion of item banks, and establishing a committee process for development  and review of associated test materials.
  • Developing item writing assignments targeted specifically to needs based on analysis of available banked items

  • Conducting editorial review of test material with a focus on clarity and identification and elimination of structural issues
  • Facilitating item review and form review meetings
  • Assembling examination forms that are consistent with the test blueprint, as well as content and statistical specifications
  • Preparing tutorial materials and practice examinations
  • Publishing tests for delivery via computer-based (CBT), web-based (WBT), and paper/pencil (P/P) platforms
  • Providing on-going, secure maintenance of banked items as well as image and multimedia pools


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