Isn’t there a YouTube for that? The 2016 Conference on Test Security

Written by Jamie Mulkey

July 21, 2016

If you’ve ever done a search on YouTube, you know there are a plethora of videos on how to cheat on tests. By my last count, there were 623,000 videos, to be exact. Have you ever stopped to wonder if there are there as many YouTube videos on how to catch cheaters? In my recent search, I found one: 7 ways kids cheat and 7 ways to catch them.

Wow, that’s disappointing, but not surprising.

It’s no wonder people aren’t well-informed about how to prevent and detect cheating. Could it be that there really aren’t a lot of people out there who know how to catch cheaters? Or are test security professionals so busy combatting test theft and fraud, they don’t have time to make 1-minute instructional videos? Maybe a little of both.

Let’s face it, if we really want to combat test theft and fraud, getting our training through YouTube is not the answer. As a test security professional, you need to spend time reading, researching what others have done, attending expert presentations, and networking with like-minded individuals  who have a passion for ensuring individuals take tests honorably and fairly.

This is why you need to attend the upcoming Conference on Test Security (COTS) 2016. COTS  is the only conference gathering solely dedicated to the topic of test security. This year’s conference will have a number of interactive presentations in the areas of:

  • Test security tools and approaches for protecting test validity
  • Statistical methods and applications for detecting potential test fraud
  • Improving an organization’s test security program effectiveness

New to the conference this year are hands-on workshops on day one. Expert keynote presentations are planned,  and a significant amount of time will be devoted to networking among test security professionals, to better understand the complexities and intricacies of what we all deal with on a daily basis.

The registration fee for COTS is only $85, which is not as cheap as YouTube, but you will gain so much more! And, instead of sitting in front of your computer watching badly-made videos, you will be discussing test security issues and solutions with actual, live people. Imagine that!

The conference runs from October 18-20, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Can you think of a nicer place to visit in the fall?

Don’t miss out! Join the Conference on Test Security. Remember, early registration ends August 10th.

October 18-20, 2016

Marriott Hotel, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

P.S. A shout out to my longest running friend, Ellen B. (We’ve know each other since we were 9; you do the math.) She was the inspiration for this blog post. Looking for a way to pack her clothes for a trip on a Harley, I suggested she look for the answer on YouTube.

Alison Foster

Test Security Specialist, Caveon Test Security

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