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necessary to perform the task, the knowledge and skills required, and potential mistakes that could result from performing tasks incorrectly. This matrix guided SMEs as they designed questions that would test relevant topics.
Item Writing
Two panels of AT practitioners wrote exam questions during two workshops at OSU’s CETE. For the first two days, panelists worked in heterogeneous groups of three or four to craft exam questions, guided by trained profes- sionals at CETE. The mix of AT practitioners in each group helped ensure a balance of perspectives and prevented overly specialized questions while maintaining the rigor of the exam. On the last day, the whole group reviewed each exam question for accuracy. After editing, exam questions were separated into two balanced forms and published by Prometric for the field test.
Field Test
Two beta forms of the exam were field tested by
270 candidates from July to October 2016 to collect data on the performance of each test question. Psychometricians at OSU’s CETE reviewed the statistical performance of each test question and facilitated a
cut-score study to determine the passing score for the exam.
Standard Setting
The last panel of AT practitioners created a definition of “basic competence” against which performance on the exam would be judged. Each panelist rated the difficulty level of each test question. This rating was performed twice during the workshop. Panelists’ ratings were aver- aged, and a range of statistically acceptable cut-off scores was presented to RESNA’s PSB by the lead psycho- metrician. The PSB then voted on a passing score for the exam, and candidates who field tested it were notified.
Many candidates were happy with their test results; as is the nature of certification exams, some candidates did not pass. I encourage them to review the exam outline, develop a prep strategy, and retake the exam. While
the new exam is no more or less difficult than previous versions, hopefully all current and potential ATPs can better understand the extensive process used to update it and can appreciate its value to AT. As a RESNA- certified ATP since 1996, I know I do. l
Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS, is VP, Clinical Education, Rehab Industry Affairs & Compliance Officer for Pride Mobility Products.
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