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Touchstone Institute Perspectives Series (TIPS)

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About TIPS

Welcome to the Touchstone Institute Perspectives Series (TIPS) page.

In this series we will develop answers to common, yet important questions that both regulators of health professions and examinees may ask about competency assessments and the methodologies used at Touchstone Institute. More TIPS will be added over time to create a rich resource on important assessment topics.

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TIPS Reports

on August 3, 2021
Considerations for Virtual Written Exam Security
on August 3, 2021
Considerations for Virtual Written Exam Security
on April 15, 2021
What's the difference between standardized and simulated clients?
on April 15, 2021
What's the difference between standardized and simulated clients?
on May 5, 2020
How to use psychometrics to ensure valid and reliable assessments.
on May 5, 2020
How to use psychometrics to ensure valid and reliable assessments.
on November 5, 2019
Do re-takes improve outcomes for examinees?
on November 5, 2019
Do re-takes improve outcomes for examinees?
on September 20, 2019
The rationale for competency-based assessment as the goal, and the steps required to get there.
on September 20, 2019
The rationale for competency-based assessment as the goal, and the steps required to get there.

TIPS Publications

on October 13, 2020
Findings demonstrated relatively high inter-rater reliability and intra-rater reliability, and that CLB-based speaking descriptors (CLB 6-9) provided sufficient information for raters to discriminate examinees’ oral proficiency.
on April 6, 2019
Examiner Based Variance can affect test taker outcomes, the aim of this study was to investigate examiner based effect of differential rater functioning over time (DRIFT).
on April 13, 2018
The purpose of standard setting in health professions education is to facilitate decisions following the assessment of competence at admissions, during training or at certification.
on February 27, 2018
Tablet-based assessments Offer benefits over scanable-paper assessments, but what is the impact on assessment scores?