Taking the Assessment: Security and Logistics

Simultaneously to maintaining security on test development processes and test item storage and ongoing checks on the reliability, validity and credibility of the assessment instrument, the experience of the test-taker has also been carefully checked.

Test centres located across Canada have been secured through the use of an experienced third-party test administrator whose function is to ensure the seamless process of taking the test in a secure setting with a well-trained proctor who is experienced in high-stakes testing protocols.

Test-takers will notice:

  • A secure online, bilingual application to write the assessment
  • A test-taker guidebook to familiarize the candidate with the process and the testing platform
  • Test-centre availability across Canada, including settings outside of major urban areas
  • Accommodations for persons requiring additional time to write due to disability or medical condition

Test security is essential to defensibility. Security features (among others) for The Standard include:

  • Computer lock-down to prevent theft of test information
  • Secure test locations with experienced proctors of high-stakes assessments only
  • Individual passcodes for use of testing platform
  • Two pieces of government-issued identification, one of which must be photo-ID, plus official letter of confirmation to write assessment to obtain access to the exam room

Every attempt has been made to secure sufficient test centre locations to ensure candidates do not have to travel longer than two hours to arrive at the test centre nearest to their home or place of work. Where this is not possible, a protocol has been put in place with the test administrator to find individualized solutions that maintain the same safety and security rigour.

The Standard is designed to be available two times per year. This is consistent with most other high stakes assessments.