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Occupational Testing

Test User Ability – Occupational

Giving you the knowledge and practical skills necessary to conduct psychometric tests fairly and effectively, this qualification is the ‘industry standard’ for competence in using psychometric tests of ability and aptitude in organisations and related settings.

Accredited and verified by the British Psychological Society, the Test User Ability – Occupational (formerly ‘Level A’) qualification is internationally recognised and gives you access to over 150 tests from over 15 UK publishers, including paper-based and online materials.

Test User Ability is an open access course which means that no prequalifications are necessary. It is open to all. It will develop your competence, provide career opportunities and enhance your confidence in all aspects of assessment. The course is relevant to anyone involved in any of the following areas:

  • Recruitment and selection
  • Individual, team and organisational development
  • Careers guidance
  • Coaching
  • Talent management
  • Outplacement

The course is made up of a series of units designed to work sequentially to build up your knowledge and understanding gradually. The course is structured in the seven units described here:

Unit 1
An introduction to tests and testing
What are psychometric tests?
Types of tests and methods of interpretation
Why are tests used?
Testing for different purposes
Unit 2
Test scores and scaling
Descriptive statistics – averages and measures of spread
Interpreting test scores using standardised scales
Samples and sampling
Unit 3
Reliability and validity
Reliability – determining the accuracy of tests
Validity – determining what tests measure
Unit 4
Fairness and bias in testing
Selecting appropriate tests
Identifying bias in testing
Testing and the law
Unit 5
Administering and scoring tests
Planning the testing process
Conducting test administration
Scoring tests
Computer and internet-based testing
Unit 6
Communicating test results
Preparing for feedback
Delivering verbal and written feedback
Ensuring feedback is effective
Unit 7
Security and confidentiality
Security of test materials
Use of test data and the Data Protection Act
Developing policies on test use

Test User Ability can be delivered through distance learning, public and in-house courses.

Distance learning

Distance learning allows you complete flexibility in how you study for the Test User Ability qualification. As all learning and assessment is carried out at a distance, this option also means that no travel is necessary – it could not be more convenient!

You can start the course when you want to and work at a pace to suit you. Throughout the course you will make use of Campus Online, our active learning website, giving you plenty of contact with your tutor and fellow course delegates. The website will support your learning, provide a mechanism for responsive tutoring, encourage communication with peers and enable you to monitor your own progress.

The knowledge-based part of the course is contained in a high quality course manual, with the active learning website providing flexible support — enabling you to learn in a manner that best suits your personal style.

For the distance learning course, assessment takes place in two ways:

  • The knowledge-based part of the course will be assessed online as you work through the units.
  • Assessment of practical skills in test administration and feedback is done online (e.g. via Skype) and also through a written case study.

For the Test User Ability distance learning course most people will require 5 to 10 hours to complete each of the seven units.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the Test User Ability course please click here.

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In-house courses

In-house courses allow you to customise the Test User Ability course to your specific needs.  Our consultants will work with you to construct the course that is right for you, deliver the course through high quality face-to-face training and support delegates through their post-course assignments.

There are a number of advantages to in-house courses, including:

  • Cost savings when training a number of delegates at one time
  • Ability to tailor the content to your requirements, whilst ensuring BPS competencies are covered
  • Option to focus training around specific tests used by your organisation
  • Flexibility in how the course is delivered (e.g. the course can be delivered in 1-day units over different weeks)
  • Benefits in learning, skill sharing and team building from sharing the training experience with colleagues.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the Test User Ability course please click here.

Please contact us to enquire about your in-house Test User Ability course.

Public courses

Our public courses are run in conjunction with Pearson TalentLens at their central London offices. For more details of public courses, please see the TalentLens website.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the Test User Ability course please click here.

This course is verified by the British Psychological Society.

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