Educational Testing/Access Arrangements (CPT3A) - Flexible Distance/Online Learning Course

What topics are covered by the course?

Educational test administration
Introduction to testing.
Administering and scoring tests correctly and accurately.
Maintaining security and confidentiality of the test materials and test data.
The statistical principles of psychometrics
Standardisation and how tests are created.
Interpretation of data in comparison to the rest of the population.
Test theory and reliability – how accurate and reliable are tests?
Validity – how do we know what tests are actually measuring?
Using attainment and ability tests
Theories of intelligence and how they affect test construction.
Test bias, influences on outcomes and making adjustments to accommodate disability; including anti-discriminatory practice.
Choosing tests that meet your needs and are fit for purpose.
Assessment, interpretation and giving feedback
Making good decisions about using psychologist tests.
Interpreting test data and using it correctly and wisely.
Providing written and oral feedback to clients and their carers.
using and understanding alternatives to test data.
Cover the essential principles of access and equality legislation.
Get to grips with the key principles and legislation that underpin examination access arrangements.
Gain access to some of the most useful international and domestic information sources.
Compare the key principles, legislation and practices in a variety of contexts.
Assess a client in your setting for access arrangements.
Grasp and be able to summarise the key assessment principles.
Engage with a broad range of illustrative case studies.
Be able to write reports that are fit for purpose.

Who should attend?

CCET is an open-access course
You will not need any prior qualifications for the CCET part of the course.

AAC restrictions impact on CPT3A
There are some stipulations as to who can become a specialist assessor.

First, in the majority of cases, you will need to have an undergraduate degree.
Secondly, you will need to ensure that the restrictions noted below do not apply to you.
If, however, you do not possess an undergraduate degree, but believe that you are ready for level 7 study, you will need to complete a pre-course essay of 1000 words on the purposes of assessment in education. If, upon submission, your essay evidences that you are ready to study at level 7, then you will be able to take CPT3A with us.

If you wish to be a specialist assessor, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) publishes criteria that must be met. CPT3A meets all of these criteria, with the exception of teaching experience. Therefore, to apply for the CPT3A, you will also need to be employed in a teaching role in your institution.

You will be:

A teacher with or without Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
An FE/HE tutor with or without Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QLTS), or
A higher level teaching assistant (HLTA).
You will need to get permission from your school or institution’s head
It is the responsibility of your head to judge whether you are competent to be a specialist assessor to conduct access arrangement assessments and submit reports to examination boards. Please be assured that the CPT3A fully meets the assessor criteria set out by the JCQ. You will be competent on completion as long you meet the required teaching experience criteria.

Please note
If you are an HLTA looking to complete CPT3A, you can usually act as a specialist assessor – please contact us to discuss your circumstances.

What will I be able to do on completion?

CCET will enable you to:

Build competence and confidence in educational testing.
Analyse test manuals to decide if a test is reliable, valid and appropriate to your students.
Develop hypotheses about your students’ learning and identify barriers to learning.
Discover how tests are developed and standardised, so you are able to identify and overcome barriers to learning.
Know when it is appropriate to undertake a test.
Gain the vital knowledge that will enable you to read, write and interpret reports, allowing you to better support other professionals, such as Educational Psychologists (EPs).
Understand and confidently interpret reports from other professionals.
Become familiar with theories about testing and psychometrics, including relevant statistical concepts.
Learn how to administer, select and evaluate a range of educational tests and assessments in line with the Data Protection Act.
Get to grips with the legislative and policy framework.
Understand the purposes of testing and assessment and develop the ability to interpret test scores and integrate those test scores with other forms of assessment.
Carry out an effective assessment of a learner and report the findings in a way that is intelligible to a lay person.
Access the BPS online database of test reviews.
AAC will equip you to:

Understand and apply the principles of access arrangements.
Get to grips with the essence and implications of the relevant legislation.
Write suitable and appropriate assessment reports for submission to examination boards where they are required.
CPT3A will allow you to:

Write reports on access arrangements.
Meet the latest specialist assessor JCQ regulations for exams.
Lead on the exam access arrangements’ process and ensure that your specialist assessor holds an appropriate qualification.
Apply to be entered on to the publicly searchable BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use – an established route to a PGCert, PGDip or MEd.
For an additional fee, if you have an undergraduate degree, you will also be able to register as a Middlesex University student and exit the course with 30 credits at level 7.

How will I be assessed?

You will need to produce: Multiple choice questionnaires on the purpose and types of assessment and statistical principles. A paper on the statistical principles that underpin psychometric tests. A critical review of an educational test in line with European standards. A test paper on intelligence testing and discrimination. Video evidence of test administration competence. A comprehensive written report of an assessment, including test scores from at least two administered psychometric tests. Video evidence of competent oral feedback to a client or the client’s parents/carers.

Those who complete this course will be awarded the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing accredited by the BPS and the Certificate of Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements which
meets the specialist assessor criteria published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)

Guide Price: £1600 + VAT

Delivery: Distance
Category: Teacher Training »
Duration: Flexible - estimated at 1 year
Qualification: CCET accredited by the BPS. CPT3A meets the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) regulations

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