Item Writing for the Professional Certification Exam
ITEA is looking for subject matter experts (SMEs) in the test and evaluation industry to assist in writing questions for the T&E Professional Certification Exam. Successful completion of the exam will award a T&E professional with the “Certified Test & Evaluation Professional (CTEP)” designation, which provides them recognition that they have demonstrated attained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to ensure their success in the T&E career field.
You DO NOT need to attend an Item Writing Workshop in order to submit items to the Board of Examiners (BOE). Viewing the one-hour webinar and reading the Item Development Guide is often sufficient “training” for you to get started writing items. You will need to sign and submit the “Exam Development Confidentiality Agreement” and the “T&E Professional Code of Ethics” when you submit your first set of items.
In order to qualify for a waiver of your Certified Test and Evaluation Professional (CTEP) application and examination fees you must submit a minimum of ten (10) “raw” items with at lease five (5) of the items being accepted by the BOE for inclusion in the examination item database.
These “raw” items will be reviewed by the BOE for inclusion in the certification examination. You may be asked to revise your item(s) based on the BOE’s review.
If you are able to participate in a complimentary one-day Item Writing Workshop, the morning includes a tutorial in item writing, where the SMEs will be trained on how to develop certification exam questions. The SMEs will then write exam items and spend time working in groups to critique and improve on the items written by the members of the group.
Participants in the workshops are asked to bring any textbooks that could be used as reference for developing exam items. Relevant textbooks should be no more than 5 years old should be used as the primary references for the items developed for inclusion on the certification exam.
Examples of relevant textbooks: