|An item bank of 420 multiple choice questions is used to generate SpaceTEC®’s 70-question Core Certification exam. The questions are organized into topics and sub-topics, and post-test reporting relates to these topics. Questions that involve reading a caliper, micrometer or other instrument include high-resolution photographs for candidates to refer to.
Fricton and his team use Perception’s Coaching Report extensively to help students understand how well they have done on pre-tests and to indicate where they should focus more study. The Question Statistics Report, which analyzes scores and outcomes, has helped staff members identify questions that might need revision.
“We recently went through a question review and that was one of the reports that were very useful to us,” recalls Fricton. “We flagged anything with less than a 65% pass rate, then went back and looked carefully at those questions, which did a lot to improve our item bank.” Also, representatives from the aerospace industry advise SpaceTEC® in the make-up of item banks, ensuring that questions apply to current industry practices.