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Assistant Test User (ATU)Continuing Professional DevelopmentValidated by the British Psychological Society

This brand new British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification is solely in test administration.

It is of particular interest to schools/settings who want to train a team to administer a large number of tests and/or education professionals who want to develop their test administration skills and gain a nationally recognised BPS qualification.

Why take this module?

If you want to train and develop a professionally qualified team around you to administer a large number of tests, then this online or intensive course is a cost-effective way to save time and build expertise within your organisation.

If, on the other hand, you are a teacher or teaching assistant who wants to gain skills in test administration, this will provide you with the skills that you need and a qualification validated by the respected BPS.

How will you benefit?

It will allow large or busy schools to spread the load of assessment effectively by training a number of competent test administrators at an affordable price. The member of staff in their setting on the BPS’s Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) will retain control over the choosing of tests, the interpretation of results and the writing of reports.

On an individual level, it will enable each and every teacher to develop strong, practical test administration skills that make a real contribution to their setting.

Please note

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) requires access arrangements assessors (previously known as specialist assessors) to conduct all of their own assessments. In line with this, access arrangements assessors (previously known as specialist assessors) cannot delegate those with ATU status to undertake the administration of tests for access arrangements. Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) holders, however, are able to delegate ATU holders to undertake the administration of tests for general assessment purposes.

The module content

The course covers all of the competencies and standards laid down by the BPS for those who wish to be registered as assistant test users. It includes:

  • Test administration and scoring.
  • Security and data protection maintenance.

How will you be assessed?

Each candidate will be required to demonstrate their competence as a test administrator and their ability to understand and act upon security and data protection issues. As part of this, they will need to:

  • Complete a short multiple choice questionnaire.
  • Provide a record of a competent test administration that they have taken part in.

How is the course delivered?

Candidates will be able to choose from the following two core options.

Online

This flexible and accessible option is tailored to those who want to work online at their own pace. Our intuitive and easy-to-use online learning platform (Campus OnlineTM) enables candidates to interact with their tutors and peers, track their own progress and access a wealth of resources.

One-day bespoke intensive

This one-day option will be delivered on demand. For example, your school or cluster could arrange a course onsite for a number of staff members.

The online study route takes around 25 hours, while the intensive option requires candidates to attend a one-day course and complete and record a competence test administration that takes approximately three to six hours.

Are you eligible?

This is open access, so no prior qualifications are necessary. To enrol successfully, candidates must be supervised by someone with a test user qualification who has also maintained their BPS RQTU.

Candidates will need to have access to some psychometric tests and some suitable clients to use them with – whether adults or children. They will also need to be committed and enthusiastic. Candidates will be eligible to register with the BPS as an assistant test user. They can be upgraded to test user as soon as they complete the full CCET course.

How much does it cost?

From £495 (online). Contact us for bespoke options.

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‘This provides a real opportunity for you to train a number of staff to assistant test user standard and enhance the quality of assessment right across your school.’
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