NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines: Introduction

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

Standards for test centers were initiated by the MPACT Professional Development Committee as an outgrowth of discussions about test center certification. The committee agreed that standards needed to be developed before any such process could be considered. Test company and test center staff representing MPACT, SETA, and TACTP worked together to develop the standards. When MPACT became the National College Testing Association (NCTA) in Spring, 2000, the Standards and Guidelines were adopted as official policy of the organization. These standards and guidelines are intended to serve as a model for post-secondary test centers in the delivery of quality national testing services. They endorse requirements without directly enforcing them, allowing discretion appropriate to specific programs. The standards have been, and will continue to be updated by NCTA to reflect developments in testing operations. These standards have important benefits for all involved in the testing process:

Benefits for Examinees

Benefits for Test Companies (any organization that contracts with test centers to administer tests)

Benefits for Test Centers

Benefits for Institutions

Benefits for NCTA