CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT ON
THE COVER OF EXAM BOOKLETS
Certification/testing programs should ensure
that a confidentiality of exam information
statement appears on the front cover of
each exam booklet. It must be signed by
the examinees prior to starting the exam
if it is a paper-and-pencil test or there
should be an electronic acceptance by the
examinee if it is a computer-based test.
Any irregularities (i.e. an examinee caught
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cheating, unusual behavior during an
exam) that occur during any exam should
always be recorded. They can be reviewed
later to determine if a breach occurred.
POST-TEST ASSESSMENT OF EXAM
Certification/testing programs should
review any irregularities to determine
whether there was a risk to security.
Additionally, the post-assessment also
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helps the organization improve on areas
and situations it may not have encoun-
tered in previous exam administrations.
Based on this assessment, the security
plan could be modified if necessary.
COMMUNICATING EXAM RESULTS TO
Programs should send failing examinees
a subscale breakdown of their performance
but should not review specific exam con-
tent. Programs can take into consideration
comments about particular questions and
determine whether there is any basis for
concerns the question may be erroneous.
DESTRUCTION OF OBSOLETE TEST
Retired or obsolete question and exam
booklet materials should be shredded
according to a policy set by the certification/
testing program in conjunction with the
program’s attorney. Make sure the record
destruction does not violate any record-retention laws and that the materials are
not needed for any appeals processes
that may arise from an examinee.
Certification exams always will be of
critical value to those who rely on them
to obtain and maintain employment. The
higher the stakes, the higher the possibility that an individual, or individuals, will
try to breach exam security for either personal or financial gain. Although no plan
is foolproof, having a customized test
security plan that is periodically updated
is critical for the success of any certification/testing program.
Armando F. Ramirez, CAE, is director, division of
certification & trainee services, for the American
Osteopathic Association. He may be reached at
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