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Workplace Test Cheating: A Victimless Crime? 

Questionmark’s research According to research conducted by Questionmark on US and UK businesses, test cheating is an issue keeping many people up at night.  And quite rightly too. With the consequences of test cheating extending far beyond the individual that commits the act and resulting in long-lasting damage, it’s understandable that L&D professionals have the … Continued

Conference Highlights: Taking the Measure of Testing

The Conferences The last two weeks have seen two major assessment conferences occur. I was fortunate to attend both E-ATP (the European Association of Test Publishers conference and security summit) in London and then the following week the I.C.E. Exchange (Institute of Credentialing Excellence) in Savannah, Georgia. Both conferences had very full programs (I.C.E. even had sessions starting at … Continued

Problem Solving and Thinking Skills Assessments

Questionmark published the Thinking Skills assessment to help customers identify high-potential candidates regardless of their educational and professional background. The test puts the candidates through a time-bound challenge that will probe their problem-solving skills, as well as their ability to reflect critically on complex statements. They must answer 50 multiple-choice questions that illustrate typical problems … Continued

L&D: Why Assume When You Can Assess?

The benefit of assessments to your L&D program Assumption is often a dangerous thing; all too easy to do and often detrimental to base your decisions on. Because—in the same way you can’t assume people won’t cheat on a test because you’ve got the latest tech, or that an email sent with high importance will … Continued

Lost in Translation: Idioms and Inclusivity in Assessments 

“Translation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.” Anthony Burgess The task of creating fair and inclusive assessment options for candidates is one littered with challenges, many of which stem from language barriers. Whether it’s exams that are published in limited language options or poorly written … Continued

ISO 30422: A New ISO Standard on Learning and Development

George Bernard Shaw famously and unfairly wrote: “He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches” A better and fairer quote from Lee Shulman paraphrasing the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle is: “Those who can, do. Those that understand, teach.” Whatever your perspective, clearly teaching, training and learning is critical in the world of work. Every business … Continued

Understanding person-organization fit

What is person-organization fit? Person-organization (P-O) fit theory refers to how aligned a person’s core values, beliefs, ethics and purpose are to those of the organization they work for. For example, someone who is results-focused and values speed will fit best with an organization that shares, and enacts, these values. It is separate from person-job … Continued