Test Types

A pre-test is administered to determine a student’s baseline technical knowledge when used at the beginning of a program or course. Pre-test data is also useful at key points during a career and technical education program for creating learning or remediation plans. Pre-tests allow teachers and students to identify strengths and areas needing improvement, make curriculum adjustments, reduce test anxiety, and craft a more individualized instruction.

Typically administered at the end of a program, a post test is used to gauge the learner’s technical knowledge and skills. Programs using a pre/post test combination will receive a comparison report after the post test is completed. Data from post tests can be used to show individual student improvement and assess overall program effectiveness.

CTE provides an unparalleled learning environment for students to acquire hands-on skills. Measuring these skills is essential to ensure that students are ready to enter their chosen career field or further their education. NOCTI skill-based credentials provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills by completing actual jobs using the tools, materials, machines, and equipment of the occupation. Members of the local industry advisory committee often serve as third-party evaluators during the administration process.

Every NOCTI credential undergoes pilot testing to ensure its validity. Sites that join NOCTI’s pilot program have a unique opportunity to administer newly developed/revised credentials in a no-pressure practice environment. Pilot testing also enables an evaluation of internal administration procedures and encourages sites to review the curriculum for effectiveness and alignment with current standards. Please contact us for more information on how to participate in pilot testing.