The need for international guidelines on computer-based testing and the Internet. Dave Bartram Research Director SHL Group plc. Why do we need International Guidelines?. Individual countries are no longer ‘closed’ systems.
The need for international guidelines on computer-based testing and the Internet.
SHL Group plc
……….to reach 50m Users.
Now it is over 500m
These are difficult to manage remotely
Moderately secure mode
Moderate control +
Major cost benefits
but low control
NMG4 at Assessment Centre (cut-off =25)
Equivalent to a saving of c.$2,700
per successful candidate
Pass rate 30% to 50% (67%)
The management of test-taker honesty within a high stakes assessment process is not just a matter of supervision. It is also a matter of the design of the whole process and the extent to which cheating or dishonest behaviour is perceived as being likely to be detected.
Assessment processes for selection can be backed by an explicit honesty policy to which candidates are asked to sign-up. This is supported by the process of re-assessing, under controlled supervised conditions in the final stages of the selection process, any key competencies which formed the basis for the sift. Such agreements are used to 'click-wrap' the application. In order to enter the application process, the applicant has formally to agree to a statement such as the following:
“I understand that the results of this assessment may be used in the process of deciding whether my application will be progressed further.
I understand that if it is progressed, I may be required to complete a similar assessment again under supervised conditions.
I confirm that I will endeavour to complete the assessment in accordance with the instructions given.
I will do so on my own, without seeking or accepting assistance or support from any other person or persons.
I undertake neither to make copies of any of the questions that will appear on screen during this assessment nor to pass on to any other person any information about the content of the assessment.”
At the end of the test they may be required to further acknowledge that:
“I confirm that the responses given by me during the assessment were provided without the assistance of any other persons and without the use of any aids or devices other than those explicitly permitted by the instructions”
While such 'contracts' are not legally binding or able to guarantee that the applicant has actually abided by them, they do help provide a clear set of expectations and explain that failure to abide by these conditions could have undesirable consequences.