How ETS approaches testing
Educational Testing Service (ETS) develops assessments that are of the highest quality, accurately measure the necessary knowledge and skills, and are fair to all test takers. We understand that creating a fair, valid and reliable test is a complex process that involves multiple checks and balances. That's why dozens of professionals — including test specialists, test reviewers, editors, teachers and specialists in the subject or skill being tested — are involved in developing every test question. And it's why all questions are put through multiple, rigorous reviews and meet the highest standards for quality and fairness in the testing industry.
ETS is committed to the highest standards of quality and fairness. We invest substantial time and resources in reviewing every test and every test question, making sure that each adheres to our stringent fairness guidelines.
Every member of the ETS staff responsible for writing and reviewing test questions undergoes extensive training in our fairness review process. Our dedication to fairness and equity in testing is embodied in these publications:
- ETS Standards for Quality and Fairness (PDF)
- ETS International Principles for Fairness Review of Assessments (PDF)
- Guidelines for Constructed-Response and Other Performance Assessments (PDF)
- Guidelines for the Assessment of English Language Learners (PDF)
To help you further understand our process, you can find an overview of the key steps ETS takes when developing a new test by clicking here.