SOURCE: ETS Canada

ETS Canada

October 19, 2009 08:00 ET

ETS Canada to Develop Test Questions for the Canadian Forces

KINGSTON, ON--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) - Educational Testing Service Canada (ETS Canada) has won a major contract to develop questions for the Canadian military's recruitment test, taken by more than 30,000 candidates each year.

Every applicant to the Canadian Forces must complete the Canadian Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT), and military career counselors use the results to place recruits in occupations ranging from cooks to artillery crews to flight engineers. Since the test results have a significant impact on the type of work a recruit will perform, the CFAT is important for both the military and test takers.

"We welcome the opportunity to work with the Canadian Forces," says Doug Ronson, President of ETS Canada. "To date, our company has focused primarily on educational assessment, and this project allows us to continue our growth by moving into the development of assessments for workforce skills."

The military currently delivers the CFAT via computer using fixed test forms. The Canadian Forces plans to develop a computer-generated version of the test to improve test security and re-test procedures. ETS Canada will develop the new items to create a bank of questions for the test.

"The CFAT is a critical tool in the selection of high-quality applicants," says Colin Kemp, a Defence Scientist with the Department of National Defence in Ottawa. "The project that ETS is working on is important to ensure the viability and security of the CFAT."

The ETS Canada item development team will create approximately 1000 new items for the three sections of the exam, including verbal skills, spatial ability and problem solving.

About ETS

At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English-language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org

About ETS Canada

Educational Testing Service Canada, based in Kingston, Ontario, is one of Canada's leading educational service companies. ETS Canada administers tests and student surveys, develops assessments, and delivers teacher professional development workshops. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Educational Testing Service, a nonprofit organization based in Princeton, New Jersey. www.etscanada.ca

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