We are currently developing a new version of the Assistant Test User (ATU) course to take into account changes in school assessments that have taken place over the last couple of years. This course can be booked now, but will not be available to start until 1 April 2022
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.
Sarah Norris is a senior educational psychologist who has worked extensively with schools and young people with SEND. Sarah specialises in the field of mental health and young people with social and emotional needs.
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.
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.
What ATU allows you to do
What ATU DOESN’T allow you to do
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) requires access arrangements assessors to conduct all of their own assessments. In line with this, access arrangements 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 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:
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:
Candidates will be able to choose from the following two core options.
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.
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.
This course is open access, so no prior qualifications are necessary. However, to enrol successfully, candidates must be supervised by someone with a test user qualification who has also maintained their BPS RQTU. In real terms, you must be able to confirm the following is true:
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.
This course is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.
For the purpose of the Assistant Test User (ATU) course, you will need to be able to access at least two psychometric tests, one of ability and one of attainment.
There are various places to buy tests. Real Group runs the Dyslexia Action Shop which sells many of the most popular tests from the main test publishers in the UK and USA. We offer delegates a 10% discount. Another option is to join the Professional Assessment Programme Test Loan Scheme. To find out more, please click here.
Please note: we have no control over the rules that publishers use to decide who is eligible to buy their tests and we will need to follow their guidance when selling tests. We may need you to provide information regarding qualifications for us to check your eligibility.
Speak to us (01273 358080) or make a booking.
Our Professional Assessment Programme prospectus provides additional information on our range of courses in assessment, educational testing and access arrangements.