Posted by John Kleeman

Podcasts are a great way to communicate. They can be more informal than a webinar, have more information than a blog post and are a much more fun way to learn than an e-book. You can listen to them in your home, when travelling or whenever convenient. Unfortunately few of us are travelling far in these difficult days, but if you are able to grab a few minutes of listening time in your day, I’d like to share details of our new Questionmark podcast series.

We’ve now published the first five of our podcast series “Unlocking the Potential of Assessments” and I wanted to share a summary of the episodes and invite you to listen to them. In each episode of the podcast, I interview someone knowledgeable about the world of assessments, ask them about their career and what they learned and then get them to share some advice for the assessment community. You can access the podcast (free of charge) at, they are  accessible by clicking on the web page or in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or other mechanisms. Each podcast is about 30-35 minutes long, and there is no advertising!!

Here are the five episodes so far:

Episode 1 – Jim Parry, Compass

Jim built testing programs for the US Coastguard and after a long career there consults in assessment. He has a huge amount of practical experience in real world assessment and talks in the podcast about how to fairly set tests with randomized question banks and also why you need to think how to set fair pass marks / cut scores in tests and how to do it with the Angoff method.

Episode 2 – Steve Lay, Questionmark

Steve Lay is Questionmark’s product manager, and is one of the sharpest people in the company. He shares in the podcast some of his experience integrating with other systems and working in the standards area including with IMS Global, where he led the version 2 Question and Test Interoperability program (QTI). In the podcast, he talks about technology in assessment and proctoring.

Episode 3 – Steve Dept, cApStAn

Steve Dept is someone I’ve got to be friends with over the years, and is one of the world’s experts on translating tests. He has been heavily involved in quality assurance for the international PISA tests project and talks in the podcast about good practice advice for translating tests, including the translation process, translation technology and translation resources.

Episode 4 – Dave Foster, Caveon

Dave is one of the pioneers of assessment – he got a doctorate in psychology and was with Novell in the early days when IT certification started, and he’s founded some very important testing companies, including Caveon, where he’s currently CEO. Dave is probably the most knowledgeable person on the planet about the security of testing, and you can hear him talk about security risks and ways to mitigate them.

Episode 5 – William G Harris, Association of Test publishers

Last but not least, the fifth episode is an interview with G Harris, the longstanding CEO of the Association of Test Publishers. G has led the Association for decades and it has become the worldwide voice for testing and also organizes the most effective and useful conferences in the assessment industry. G is deeply insightful on assessment standards and the importance of validity and reliability. I hope you enjoy my interview with him.

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Check out to download or listen to these podcasts. And watch this space for further editions, including shortly a podcast with Sue Martin, one of the pioneers in Europe of test center certification.