Sponsor Workshops

On Wednesday, September 9, several of NCTA's sponsors will host workshops throughout the day for interested attendees. These workshops are designed to allow NCTA members to gain additional information and insights on selected products and processes. While three of the workshops are identified as "by invitation only" (meaning that the sponsor will contact prospective participants), others permit registration for their workshops by contacting via email a designated representative.

In addition, on Thursday, September 10, two additional sponsor workshops will be presented during the course of the day.

In conjunction with the rest of the conference, these workshops are an additional means of enhancing your professional development. Select those that interest you, but be aware that some sessions are offered at overlapping times.

Wednesday, 8:30 am–9:30 am

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a paper-and-pencil English proficiency test designed to measure the Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking abilities of non-native speakers. IELTS is accepted by over 3,000 US institutions, and we are interested in expanding our test center network to meet increased demand for the test across the country.

The NCTA 2015 IELTS sponsor workshop will help you explore strategies on how to maintain a self-sustaining university testing center and open new markets to attract prospective students to your campus through IELTS testing. This presentation will include a consultative session about the application process to become an IELTS test center, and a financial perspective of IELTS test center operations and revenue growth opportunities.

Email Amy Carter to register.

College Board
Wednesday, 8:30 am–9:30 am

The College Board ACCUPLACER team's workshop will provide the following: An overview of ACCUPLACER; ACCUPLACER Quick Start—getting started on basic account setup; a rundown of ACCUPLACER options beyond the basics – highlight of features unique to the ACCUPLACER platform; and Incorporating Multiple Measures into your placement decisions.

Email Suzanne McGurk to register.

Wednesday, 8:30 am–10:30 am

Test Security 101

We regularly hear that testing staff are critical to ensuring a secure, fair testing experience. But is this true? Does testing misconduct really happen? Can proctors do anything about it? Join us for an action packed workshop that explores whether testing misconduct occurs, whether it's on the rise, and how you can prepare to address fundamental test security issues. Be warned: we might say the "c word" in this presentation (and if you don't know what that word is, you'll need to join us to find out). This program is designed for individuals who are new to the testing profession or for long-timers who are ready for a refresher…and a little fun!

Email Jennifer Geraets to register.

Wednesday, 9:45 am–10:45 am

The RegisterBlast workshop offers a brief overview of the five online registration modules. The main focus will be to lay out the new features and tools, and show how they'll make your work life easier and more efficient. You'll also learn about our collaboration with other like-minded companies, which will enhance both the Testing Center and student experiences.

Email Dwight Pittman to register.

Wednesday, 10:00 am–11:30 am

ETS will discuss with their current testing staff changes in program and policies for ETS delivered test.

Registration by invitation only.

Wednesday, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

The GED(R) Test: Facilitating Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Workforce

The new GED(R) test was launched in January 2014 and aligned with college and career readiness content standards. With more than a year's worth of data on the testing and test-taker experience, this session will examine the results of test-taker performance and help participants identify the ways in which the testing system and results provide support to students in successfully transitioning to the next stage, whether school or work.

Email Brenda Knowles to register.

Castle Worldwide
Wednesday, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Castle's workshop will be a presentation by the University of Wisconsin and Castle to provide an overview of their new partnership formed to bring the comprehensive and highly successful University of Wisconsin System placement testing program to the national higher education market. The University of Wisconsin has been developing, validating, and using its own placement exams for nearly 40 years with its diverse four-year and two-year campus system. The goal of this partnership is to offer these placement exams to post-secondary institutions around the country through Castle's flexible and convenient delivery options.

Email Scott Greene or placementexams@castleworldwide.com to register.

Wednesday, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

LSAC's workshop is intended for LSAT supervisors and is by invite only. Have you ever wondered what's going on in Newtown? This session will focus on LSAC's continuing research into the future of testing and will afford our test supervisors a glimpse into what we have been cooking in our test kitchens.

To be included, please email lcherkassky@lsac.org or FAlam@LSAC.org.

Wednesday, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Identity Authentication: Reducing Fraud in Online Testing

This presentation addresses the difference between identity authentication and verification in online testing. In online courses, identity verification equates to logging in with Learning Management System (LMS) credentials, an insecure single-factor form of identity verification relying only on seeing the same person return consistently. As online learning continues to grow, concerns arise regarding who is actually completing the coursework.

Email Bell Woods to register.

Wednesday, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Do you currently deliver the MCAT, ASE, DSST or other exams with Prometric? If so, please stop by to learn the latest updates on these important testing programs. Interested in working with Prometric to deliver exams to your students and community? Join this session to learn more about testing opportunities with Prometric.

Email John Krucenski if you have any questions.

McGraw-Hill Education / ALEKS
Thursday, 9:45 am–10:45 am

At colleges and universities throughout the United States, many students struggle to succeed in college level Mathematics courses. Although much has been written about both the severity of the problem and its potential causes, a survey of the literature reveals far fewer articles articulating successful solutions to this crisis. While there may be many causes of the problem, the solution is somewhat clearer. Data shows that students are well served by an accurate placement test combined with an opportunity to remediate areas of weakness and to demonstrate improved skills through subsequent placement testing.

During our workshop, Alison Reddy from the University of Illinois will discuss the challenges math professors face with misplacement, and the impact this has had on students. Rich Kolasa, will demonstrate ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning, and take questions as to how institutions across the country are implementing this program as their mandated mathematics placement exam.

Submit this form to register.

B Virtual
Thursday, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

How Students Cheat During Online Exams - An Insider's Look

Join us for an exploration into how students attempt to cheat during online exams. An insider's look at the many examples that our proctors have caught over the years. You will gain insight into the creativity,the motivations and incentives to cheat the system. If the online proctoring solution is credible, there are recordings of the audio, video, computer desktop and computer processes. Combined with the empirical evidence of the skewed results, it is very difficult for students to refute the violations. See examples of cheating from the low tech crafty solutions to the innovative uses of technology.

Email Rick Beaudry to register.

Smarter Proctoring
Thursday, 2:15 pm–3:15 pm

Typically schools provide students with multiple proctoring options. The options may include testing at a local testing center on campus, testing at a testing center at another university, testing at a professional testing center, utilizing the services of an approved human proctor, and/or using a virtual proctoring service. However, the devil is in the details when it comes to managing multiple proctoring modalities. How does the instructor or testing manager know which students will be testing by what modalities? How do they stay informed about where each student is in the work flow for the various modalities? How do they prompt students to take the next step in the appropriate proctoring work flow? In this workshop you will get a hands on experience with a holistic, LMS embedded approach to testing integrity.

Email Andrew Davis to register.