2017 Conference

Setting the Standard - 2017 NCTA Conference

If you have any questions, email us at conference@ncta-testing.org   Please put “conference inquiry” in the subject line.  If you have questions about sponsoring and/or exhibiting, please click here.


Conference Hotel

The Conference hotel is the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202.


Sponsorship/Exhibit Opportunities

Duane GoupellI would like to cordially invite you to participate as a sponsor of the 2017 NCTA Conference September 13-15 at The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Last year’s conference in Seattle, WA, attracted more than 400 testing professionals from across  North America. In addition, our third virtual conference with its expanded number of  offerings was a huge success, drawing several hundred additional participants. We look  forward to continued expansion in both areas this year.

This year, we are again offering sponsors a variety of options to publicize their companies and offer support to  NCTA. Included are several exciting digital options, including recognition during the Virtual Conference as well  as sponsor integration in the Conference Program App. Link to Sponsorship Booklet>>  Link to Online Form>>


Conference Registration

The conference registration fees are outlined below.  Click here to register!

Early Bird Registration: May 1 - July 15, 2017
Members: $250.00
Non-Members: $325.00

Regular Registration: July 16 - August 25, 2017
Members: $300.00
Non-Members: $375.00

Regular registration closes on August 25, 2017, at midnight EST. After that, only onsite registration will be available; the onsite fee includes an additional $75.00: a total of $375.00 for members and $450.00 for non-members.

Important Information:

You do not have to pay at the time you register for the Conference, but to get the reduced fees, you must register within the dates listed for each fee.  All conference registration fees, whether early bird or regular, must be received by August 25. Any registrations which have not been paid by that date are subject to cancellation.


Virtual Conference Registration: May 1 - September 12, 2017

Pricing information for the 2017 Virtual Conference (2 days/8 sessions) is identified below.

Virtual Conference:  
Members: $150
Non-Members: $300

2-Day Archive Add-On to Conference Registration:
Members & Non-Members: $75

Access Information:

Any purchase of the Virtual Conference, whether as an add-on or not, allows the registrant to invite others at no additional cost to view the sessions either live or at a later date. The virtual conference sessions serve as the perfect opportunity for professional development for you and your staff.

Virtual Conference Sessions click here.


Keynote Speaker
Meghan Grace
Co-author, Generation Z Goes to College

Meghan GraceMeghan Grace is the co-author of the book, Generation Z Goes to College. She has experience in program management, leadership development, curriculum development, and assessment. Meghan previously worked as the Director of Undergraduate Programming & University Partnership for Sigma Phi Epsilon's Headquarters staff and as a Coordinator for Leadership Programs at the University of Arizona. She has served as an instructor for courses in leadership development, social entrepreneurship, career preparedness, and event planning. Meghan completed her undergraduate degree at Chapman University and her master's in higher education at the University of Arizona.  She is pursuing her doctoral degree at Vanderbilt University studying higher education leadership and policy.


2017 NCTA Conference Agenda

Wednesday September 13

Registration                                                                                                 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sponsor Workshops                                                                                   8:00 am-1:00 pm

Session 1                                                                                                     1:00 pm-2:00 pm

1A. The (Lost) Art of Communication
Presenters:         Naora Ben-Dov, Dov Educational Services (CA); Amystique Y. H. Church, Delaware State University

If people are our greatest resource in business and in work, then communication is our most critical asset---the essential component driving our human needs, wants and demands. As administrators, we coordinate testing activities with proctors who in turn schedule clients seeking credential-based testing opportunities. These same clients engage with teachers, faculty members, and administrators. Add vendors and companies as well as managers, subordinates, and colleagues to the mix and you have a hectic world where upward, downward and lateral exchanges are facilitated at the speed of light.

No matter how distinct or different our roles, communication through social media and emails brings us even closer together. However, at a moment’s notice, our utopia could be shattered by vague instructions, an incomplete text or email, an ill-advised response to message transforming our world of efficiency, productivity and mutual respect into a place of hostility, ineffectiveness, and ambiguity. Our capacity to inform, direct, lead and inspire could decline in an instant. People are speaking but are we listening? Are we really communicating?

If it can happen to us, then what about the rest of the world?  Join us as we explore the power of engagement as we learn and develop The Art of Communication.

Conference Track:  Professional Development