|| Exam Development
To ensure the validity, reliability, and relevance of CertificationPoint.org exams, developers create exams in seven phases:
1. Job Task Analysis definition: Tasks are translated into a comprehensive set of more specific and measurable skills and abilities. The resulting list of objectives, or the
objective domain, forms the basis for the development of certification. Blueprint survey: The objective domain is transformed into a blueprint survey, in which technical and
job function experts rate the importance of each objective. This helps to determine the appropriate number and types of items to include on the exam. Contributors may be
industry certified experts recruited from within CertificationPoint.org or through online marketplace. Based on contributor input, exam developers prioritize and weigh the
objectives. Exam Developers will retain a 15% royalty on each exam developed per exam registration.
2. Item development: Exam developers write the exam items according to the prioritized objectives. Developers review and revise items to ensure that they are:
a. Technically accurate
b. Clear, unambiguous, and relevant
c. Not biased toward any population, subgroup, or culture
d. Not misleading or tricky
5. Testing for useful knowledge rather than obscure or trivial facts
Items that meet these criteria are included in the item pool.
3. Alpha review and item revision: A panel of field experts reviews each item for technical accuracy.
4. Beta exam: The reviewed items are beta-tested. During the beta exam, candidates comment on items. The beta exam allows CertificationPoint to evaluate the quality
of the item in an actual exam situation, and helps ensure that only the best content is included in the live exam.
Item selection and cut-score setting: The results of the beta exam are analyzed to determine which items should be included in the live exam. This analysis focuses on
many factors, including item difficulty and reliability. We work with a panel of experts to review the technical accuracy of questions and to determine the final item pool
for the live exam. The panel determines the cut score (minimum passing score) for the exam.
Publishing: Certification exams are published by CertificationPoint.org as well as several partner test vendors.
Live exam: Certification exams are administered worldwide by the CertificationPoint.org Online Training Centers (COTC).