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Test Design and Delivery Certificate

Develop reliable tests for training, certification, and management decision making.

Design and deliver tests that will meet organizational needs and follow professional standards.

Credits: CEU 1.4 MORE
Level: Intermediate
Role(s): Instructional Designer More
Language(s): English
Course Info

Learning professionals use tests for a variety of reasons, yet the guidelines and best practices for developing reliable and valid tests are not widely known. This program, offered in partnership with ACT Inc., provides a comprehensive approach to ensuring your tests measure what they claim to measure, both consistently and reliably.

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Learning professionals use tests for a variety of reasons, yet the guidelines and best practices for developing reliable and valid tests are not widely known. This program, offered in partnership with ACT Inc., provides a comprehensive approach to ensuring your tests measure what they claim to measure, both consistently and reliably.

Through examples and application exercises, learn the entire test development and delivery process, including planning the test, creating test items, creating the test form, delivering the test, and evaluating the test. Ample time will be dedicated to item-writing so you can gain experience generating well-crafted test items. Learn from facilitators who are real-world consultants whose professional focus is to help organizations improve their testing practices.


  • Gain a systematic approach for developing and administering tests that will meet your organization’s needs and follow professional standards.
  • Develop tests that do put your organization in legal jeopardy.
  • Become knowledgeable in testing best practices to increase your credibility within your organization.

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What You Will Learn
  • Develop a test content outline and understand its value to the testing process.
  • Identify the hallmarks of a good test question, and apply them to developing and evaluating test questions.
  • Develop test forms including writing directions for examinees, page layout, and item sequencing.
  • Use item analysis to identify and correct problem items.
  • Use professionally accepted methods for setting a passing score for a test.
  • Determine the appropriate mode of delivery, what score reports are needed, and who should have access to score reports.
  • Evaluate a test to determine if the individual items and the overall test are functioning properly.
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Topic 1 - Planning the Test

Planning the Test
Addressing Legal Considerations
Employment Laws
Best Practices
Developing the Testing Plan
Establishing Validity
Methods of Establishing Validity
Identifying Content Areas to Test
Determining the Number of Test Items
Time Examinees Need to Respond to Items
Weighting the Test Content Areas
Identifying Benefits and Challenges of Delivery Methods
Categories of Item Types
Pros and Cons of Item Formats

Topic 2- Creating the Test Items

Creating the Test Items
Anatomy of a Multiple-Choice Item
General Guidelines for Item Construction
Constructing the Item Stem
Constructing the Options
Practice Reviewing Items
Additional Ideas
Reviewing for Good Item-Writing Principles
Using Item Shells
Increasing the Cognitive Level
Verbs Associated with Cognitive Levels
What Level is Required?
Avoiding Bias
Avoiding Stereotyping
Providing Rationales for Items
Justifying the Answer Key
Linking the Item Content to the Test Content Outline

Topic 3 - Creating the Test Form

Creating the Test Form
Developing Test Directions
Test Directions Checklist
Writing Administrator Directions
Test Administrator Directions Checklist
Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act
Avoiding National Origin Discrimination
Allocating Sufficient Time
Using an Item Bank
Using Item Banks for Test Assembly
Item Formatting, Sequencing, and Page Layout
Setting Passing Standards
Using the Angoff Method

Topic 4 - Delivering the Test

Delivering the Test
Ensuring Test Security
Establishing Test–Retest Policies
Controlling Item Exposure
Limiting Opportunities for Cheating

Topic 5 - Evaluating the Test

Evaluating the Test
Using Item-Level Data to Improve Item Quality
Item Analysis
Interpreting Item-Analysis Data
Practice Interpreting Item-Analysis Data
Using Test-Level Data to Improve Test Quality
Types of Reliability
Developing Rater Training
Conducting Rater Training
Calculating Reliability Using KR-20
Calculating Reliability through Mastery Classification Consistency
Validity of Test Scores
Documenting the Test Development and Design Process
Communicating the Test Results
Instructions for Interpretation

Who Should Attend

The Test Design and Delivery Certificate program is designed for learning professionals who want a systematic approach for developing tests.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals—trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners—but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

Level: Intermediate
Roles: Instructional Designer, Manager, Trainer
Language: English
What Our People Are Saying
Sarah Ames

"My favorite takeaway from this program was the more complete view of an effective test item. We had been focused on writing items that aligned with our course objectives, but had not been paying enough attention to our distractors. I feel confident that I am better prepared to write and analyze more complete items."

David Norris

"The best takeaway was learning how to determine the appropriate passing score for an exam. This program instructs participants how to properly create an examination in a way that most people probably wouldn't think of or haven't been exposed to before."

Ruth de Zayas

"ATD is a leader in the industry and their credential and certificate programs are a valuable asset to have on your resume."


Things to Know


Face-to-Face Courses
Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and CEUs. Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate. Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

Online Courses
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive a completion certificate and any applicable credits.

ATD requires active participation through the program to receive credit for the class. Active participation includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

For programs with five or more sessions, one missed live session can be made up by listening to the session recording in full. Participants who miss more than one live session will not be eligible to receive the certificate. For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Portal at the end of the program. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.


1.4 learning hours

1.4 CEUs awarded

Up to 1.4 APTD Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

Up to 1.4 CPLP Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

This program has been approved for 14.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 1.4 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


Enrolled in a program? Sign in to the ATD Learning Portal with your ATD account credentials two weeks before the first day of class to:

  • Engage with your facilitator and peers.
  • Access pre-work assignments.
  • View any technical requirements.
  • Review logistical information.


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