Why Multiple Choice Tests?

NCC has chosen multiple choice testing as its primary way to assess specialty knowledge. While multiple choice testing has its critics and has some disadvantages primarily a potential for cultural bias and its lack of having the ability to test strategic thinking, judgement and experience, multiple choice testing also has a rich history. Evaluation procedures have been investigated, validated and a high level of correlation with the accurate measurement of expert knowledge or achievement which is multiple choice testing's primary purpose, has been found. The measurement aspects of multiple choice testing have evolved over time and proven valid based on a long history of analysis and evaluation.

The new performance assessment testing or authentic testing provides new avenues to test skill ability, more complex reasoning and are often very intriguing to the test taker. The measurement of the outcome of these efforts continue to be a challenge in terms of reliability and evaluation.

This type of testing also is very expensive to develop and administer inherently increasing the cost to testing organizations and to the individual test takers. Until cost ratios decrease and the ability to measure outcome/results become more stable, such testing will probably not be the norm.

Computerized testing is a popular mode and can utilize new models of measurement or the same measurement systems that are used for traditional paper/pencil testing. The challenge in this arena continues to be the capability of computer vendors to provide consistent service and computer phobia in examinee populations who might be reluctant to test in this type of venue. NCC offers its examinations both in computer and traditional paper/pencil formats.