Maintaining an exam is an on-going process and having it Beta tested is one of the most important steps.EC-Council welcomes all certified members to become beta testers. You can simply write to [email protected] with your Aspen user id
What is Beta Testing?
Beta testing can be defined as gathering psychometric information regarding newly created questions to inform the creation of actual exams. Newly developed questions that have gone through the necessary editing and review processes are administered to representative samples of participants.
How does the data collected from beta testing help in the exam development process?
Psychometric information collected from Beta testing is used to build actual assessments. Questions that have been beta tested will be screened to ensure that they meet certain quality benchmarks (e.g., all questions fall into a certain range of difficulty, all questions have acceptable discrimination). These beta tested questions are then used to create the assessments built to specific structure criteria (e.g., an appropriate spread of question difficulty, creation of a targeted mean test score, more questions are included on the assessment near the pass score if the assessment is criterion referenced, etc.).
Does attempting the Beta test help me get certified?
Beta tests are focused on collecting data on the exam itself and are not developed to specific certification
Do I need to meet any criteria or have any specific qualification to volunteer as a beta tester?
You will need to send in your resume to [email protected] who will analyse your skill set and level of expertise before sending you a confirmation.
How will I benefit should I volunteer as a beta tester?
Beta testers can claim up to 100 ECE credits at the Aspen portal.
How can I give additional feedback about the exam after Beta testing?
A survey form will be sent out to you to list your feedback, however you can write to [email protected] with this information
Do I need to pay for the exam voucher for Beta testing?
The exam voucher will be sent out to you by the certification department if you are appointed as a beta tester
What is the test duration?
The test duration will vary between 1 hour and 4 hours
Do I need to go to a testing centre to complete Beta testing?
Beta testing can be completed online; these tests will be proctored remotely. You can choose to complete beta testing online should you have good internet connectivity and a web-cam availability.
For what duration of time is the Beta Test available?
The Beta testing windows are generally available from 7-14 days, and you can schedule the test at your convenience. Specific schedule will be given to you along with the exam vouchers.
Are Beta test available across time zones?
Yes Beta tests are available across all timezones, 24/7.
Will I be provided with guidelines to schedule the Beta test?
A comprehensive guide with step- by- step details of the procedure will be sent to you to help you schedule and complete beta testing.
Will I have access to my scores from the Beta test?
Beta test is designed to collect results and is not capable of scoring your results. Having a cut off score in place to determine your result in the test will be put in place post analysis of the data collected from the Beta tests.
Are Beta tests similar to Preps?
No, Beta tests are not similar to preps. Beta tests are designed to only collect information on the test.
Can I be a part of the beta testing and then proceed to attempt the actual exam?
No, Beta testers are generally individuals who already hold the certification title and are exempted from attending the actual test thereafter if they choose to be a part of the Beta testing group.