Meet a CESP: Kim Brunnert

An interview with Dr. Kim Brunnert, Director of Psychometrics at HESI Review and Testing at Elsevier

Dr. Kim Brunnert has worked extensively in national and international test development and research, including directing and contributing to multiple assessments as well as leading a randomized control trial research study funded by the Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Services. She has been an active participant and presenter at conferences where psychometrics or security are the primary topics. Dr. Brunnert has authored and edited books, book chapters, research reports, journal articles, best practice documents, and white papers and has presented at national and international conferences.

What was your overall experience taking the CESP exam?

“The experience was straightforward and easy. I enjoyed using Skype for remote proctoring. It was a fast, efficient, and easy way to take the exam on my own schedule in my own environment. I did find the DOMC items surprisingly stressful even though I had already practiced taking them.”

What steps did you take to prepare for the exam?

“I knew that my busy daily schedule didn’t leave a lot of room for a study routine, but fortunately, I have done a variety of tasks around security in both my current and past positions and had already read many of the recommended books. Knowing this, I decided to take the exam and do as much additional preparation as possible given my time constraints. Once I signed up, I did an initial scan of the study materials, and then did a few intense reading sessions of the sections that my experience doesn’t specifically cover. This method proved effective for reinforcing details in my areas of expertise and sufficient for bolstering my knowledge of the other aspects of test security that I was less familiar with.”

What are your thoughts on the Discrete Option Multiple Choice (DOMC) item type?

“Item and test creation is an art form that combines good science, good business, and…”

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