The goal of beta-testing is to make sure that test candidates can understand and accurately answer questions that will be used in the final version of the written exam.

The Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) Certification Program has reached another milestone in its development. Currently in phase three of the process, the team developing the program has begun beta-testing its knowledge-based portion of the certification process by testing the first 55 candidates with a written exam.

The goal of beta-testing is to make sure that test candidates can understand and accurately answer questions that will be used in the final version of the written exam. It helps eliminate questions that do not trend well or appear to “trick” the candidate to answer incorrectly.

This written exam is one component of the program being developed by third-party certification body Administrative Management Systems with support and guidance from industry steering committees.

By examining candidates based on their fundamental glazing knowledge and competency, the program mission is to identify glaziers that have the ability “to perform work in a manner that will minimize defects and failures,” as stated in the program’s mission statement.

This beta-test test is a written assessment of the fundamental knowledge required to proficiently perform foundational and basic glazing tasks. The road to creating the exam itself has consisted of numerous steps and draws on experts from across the industry. AGMT has established steering committees that are composed of leaders who speak to the three major segments of the industry: glazing contractor companies, glaziers and suppliers and members of the user community.

Support and input from the industry steering committees has allowed the process to stay ahead of schedule on development and beta-testing. In combination with their experience and judgment, the committee members took part in an item writing workshop in February of this year.

Working toward establishing fairness and consistency within test items, this Item Writing Workshop and its participants have shaped the current beta exam. Each written question was created by industry committees and has been reviewed through multiple peer review and quality assurance processes. The items consist of multiple choice questions, some paired with visuals and diagrams. The items are designed to test candidate’s knowledge, bringing them one step closer to certification.

The beta-testing is the final step to ensure that the test is a well written assessment.

“We are running the beta tests in multiple regions of North America to determine if there are any variations in comprehension of the exam based on geography,” says program manager, Jeff Dalaba.

AGMT program coordinator, Josh Morehouse has been administering the beta exam to technicians.

“We have been very impressed with the attention, support and knowledge AGM technicians have demonstrated during this beta-test process,” he says. “The feedback we have gained will be invaluable for us in establishing the final exam.”

There are 30 glass and glazing related knowledge, skill, and ability areas from which the written exam will draw. This body of knowledge can be found on agmtprogram.com/program-scope/.

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