RE: STC certification: how to do it

Subject: RE: STC certification: how to do it
From: "Rick_Bishop" <rickbishop -at- austin -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 08:37:26 -0500

A certification test that could satisfy most objections wouldn't be that
hard to create. I'm sure some of you have taken various Microsoft
certification tests, which are based on an old format: a very large pool of
questions. For example, you draw 3 questions at random from each 'topic
pool' of 30-50 questions. There are 10 topic pools for a total of 400
questions. Topics are spelling, grammar, punctuation, choose the correctly
rephrased sentence, active/passive voice, typography, apply formatting, etc
(just the basic TW skills). Topics are weighted simply by drawing 5
questions from one pool and 2 from another. The pools with the larger draw
are proportionately larger. You can't ask for original writing as that would
require human review, which is suspect. The person taking the test answers
30 questions or activities in an hour. If they get 75% correct, they get the
certificate. Testing the test tells you where to set the 'pass' line. Once
the basic TW cert is in place for a few years, broaden the scope to certify
writers for specific industries.


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