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5th November 2020
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Gerallt Hughes, Trials Co-ordinator at AlphaPlus, shares some insight into STEM and STEM education in North Wales. Having recently done some extensive research into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in North Wales, I had an opportunity to reflect on aspects of my background and experiences living and growing up in the region. Despite not being

5th November 2020
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Priya Dutta, Assessment Manager, introduces two common approaches to assessment. At AlphaPlus, we work closely with clients to build the most suitable assessment programmes for their needs. It is useful, therefore, for everyone to have a general understanding of two very common approaches. What is a criterion-referenced test? A criterion-referenced test aims to measure a

18th June 2020
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As many of you will know, for the past few years AlphaPlus has been working with the Welsh Government to develop national personalised adaptive assessments for all schoolchildren aged 7 to 14 in Wales. These assessments are formative, and have been designed to identify areas where children and teachers need to focus their efforts in

1st June 2020
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Remote proctoring (or remote invigilation – the two terms can be and are used interchangeably) is becoming more commonly used in all areas of assessment, and allows candidates to take assessments away from a traditional assessment centre – typically at home, or at work. PeopleCert offer many of their professional qualifications, including PRINCE2, online with

29th May 2020
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The Covid-19 crisis has hit all of us hard in many aspects of life.  In the grand scheme of things, Covid’s disruption of summer 2020 school examinations series is probably one of the smaller worries that society faces.  Nonetheless, it is a substantial challenge for authorities who have educational responsibilities in many countries. At AlphaPlus,

30th April 2020
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Setting the pass mark is a key stage in the development of many assessments. For many high-stakes assessments, it is crucial that when a candidate passes an exam, the certification body can be confident that they have reached a defined level of minimum competence. It’s worth stating the obvious – a pass mark is an

30th April 2020
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We are delighted to have taken on a new client, Brunei Shell Petroleum, whom we started working with in February. Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) has for 90 years been the largest oil and gas producer in Brunei Darussalam, contributing around 90% to Brunei’s oil and gas revenues. It operates an extensive and complex infrastructure with