Examination is the backbone of any certification and education system. The test constructor plays a crucial role, after all, forms the basis of any test or examination. But who ensures the quality between the construction and the actual taking of the exam? Here we enter the realm of the exam validator. Let’s take a closer look at this essential role and discover why setting high-stake exams is so important.
Setting an exam is often seen as “just a formality”. However, this is a misconception. Setting is an essential link between the development and administration of an exam. It provides an in-depth review of the exam to ensure that it meets the required quality standards. Think of it as a pair of extra, careful eyes scrutinizing each question to ensure that the exam actually tests what it is supposed to test.
The exam validator, often a member of the determination committee, is the guardian of exam quality. This person represents the examination board or industry association, gives the official green light and verifies that the exam accurately measures what it is supposed to measure. In addition, the exam validator plays a key role in identifying and preventing technical and content errors.
As with any step in the examination process, there are challenges and pitfalls in setting. Mistakes in the assessment process or misconceptions about the role of the exam validator are just a few examples. To help you avoid these traps, we have compiled a comprehensive blog article.
Setting an exam can be greatly simplified using digital assessment software such as Optimum Assessment Platform. This software allows you to streamline the setting process within one central environment. This improves collaboration and transparency between test constructors and (different) exam validators.
The role of the exam validator is often overlooked, but in high-stakes exams it is invaluable to the quality and relevance of exams. Do you have questions or want to know more? Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always ready to help you further.
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