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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

30th April 2020
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John Winkley, AlphaPlus’ Director of Sales, shares his thoughts on assessment validity. In this short blog, I want to talk about two aspects of assessment that have come up in discussions with clients at this most difficult of times, and have reminded me of my reasons for taking up assessment as a career, 15 years

30th April 2020
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Almost every project we do is undertaken with support of the AlphaPlus’ associates. We’re aware that the strength and depth of the company relies in no small part on their expertise, knowledge and understanding of the complex education world. We recently sent out an anonymous survey to ensure that we are offering effective support for

30th April 2020
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Andy Lewis, Field Research Manager at AlphaPlus, discusses the challenges of recruiting for and running large-scale trials. In recent years, AlphaPlus has developed a successful field research function, building the capacity to deliver large-scale trials across a wide range of educational contexts. Since 2017, we have produced and delivered assessments to over 100,000 learners, in

30th April 2020
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AlphaPlus remains fully open for business, with all staff working from home, and no staff furloughed.  Being a cloud-based business, the transition to virtual working has been reasonably smooth.  Special security arrangements are in place for dealing with secure data. We are pleased to say that almost all our project work is continuing unaffected or

31st October 2019
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One of the many potential benefits of e-assessment is improved accessibility for learners with disabilities: technology can help reduce or remove some of the barriers that learners can face. However, many e-assessments allow relatively limited adjustment for learners with access requirements, and often assessments are not optimised for easy use even for those without special

31st October 2019
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We regularly attend exhibitions, conferences and other events to talk about what we’re doing and to learn more about what’s going on in the world of assessment. Keep checking the calendar below to find out if where we’re going. Whether we’re presenting, exhibiting or attending, feel free to come and say hello! What: The International

31st October 2019
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John Winkley, AlphaPlus’ Director of Business Development, explains how assessment theory and performance statistics can be used to create “good” assessments. AlphaPlus has a reasonable claim to be the leading independent assessment agency in the United Kingdom. Our team includes a range of experts in the field, and we carry out projects across the whole

31st October 2019
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AlphaPlus has recently begun work on a three-year project for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC is the regulatory body for nurses, midwives and the newly introduced nursing associates in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The project is to design, develop and maintain the NMC’s Test of Competence (TOC), used for nurses