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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

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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Since the beginning of the outbreak, we have closely monitored the situation and have taken action to safeguard the health of our employees and to preserve our ability to operate. Our employees have been working from home from 16 March and we are pleased to say that almost all our project work is continuing unaffected