In order to provide assessments that result in fair and valid measurements, °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â Assessment Policies serve as guidelines for test development, administration, scoring, and maintenance and refreshment of °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â assessments. These policies ensure that the assessments elicit and measure what they are intended to measure, provide equitable and fair access to the assessments, maintain test taker personal information and scores, and maintain the integrity of the proficiency-based nature of °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â assessments.
°Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â is strongly committed to facilitating equal access to its assessments and accommodations to all individuals seeking to assess world language abilities. To this end, °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â assessments are available with accommodations that are appropriate for each candidateâ€™s conditions and needs. °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿ââ€™s Accommodations Policy serves as guidance to Language Testing International (LTI), exclusive licensee of °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â assessments.
Assessment Integrity Policy
Test takers are required to review a Test Taker Integrity Policy, prior to taking an °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â assessment. °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â proficiency-based assessments are designed to evaluate spontaneous, unrehearsed language. Any responses provided by the test taker are assessed by certified °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â raters with that in mind; likewise, the machine-scored assessments account for this in the respective scoring algorithms. °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿ââ€™s Assessment Integrity Policy outlines test taker actions that undermine the intended use of °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿ââ€™s assessments of language proficiency and outlines the consequences of such actions.
Record Retention and Test Taker Confidentiality Policy
Test taker confidentiality and secure record retention is a priority for the °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â Assessment Program. Based on °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿ââ€™s Record Retention and Test Taker Confidentiality Policy serves as guidance for Language Testing International (LTI), exclusive licensee of °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â, for their administration and scoring of °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â assessments.
Because °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â assessments are proficiency-based, language use and language learning over time are integral factors for the progression of proficiency. As such, °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â does not generally permit test takers to retake an assessment within 90 days of a test administration. In addition, familiarization with the content of the assessment creates a test effect, which also, affects the assessment of proficiency. In order to provide an accurate measurement of language proficiency, an extended time period must pass before two successive administrations of an assessment. °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿ââ€™s Re-Test Policy provides information about re-testing and exceptions to the Re-Test Policy.
Test Maintenance and Refresh Policy
°Ä²ÊÍ¼¿ââ€™s Test Maintenance and Refresh Policy outlines the maintenance and refresh plans to ensure that the test remains valid and reliable throughout the duration of its use. Maintenance documents include the specifications for evaluation of test performance and review processes for item performance and tester/rater certification and calibration. Refreshment documents include the process and metrics for refreshing test content. Validity and reliability evidence documents are retained, and retention goes as far back as the original validity and reliability review.
Test Security Policy
Test security is high priority for °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â in order to protect the integrity, validity, and content of its assessments. °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿ââ€™s Test Security Policy serves as guidance to Language Testing International (LTI), exclusive licensee of °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â assessments, for security measures to safeguard °Ä²ÊÍ¼¿â assessments. In the event of a security breach, the exposed prompt(s) or item(s) are pulled from the assessment and new items.