Assessment Development at ETS

At ETS, experienced and trained test writers apply a rigorous methodology to design high-quality, psychometrically sound items, or test questions. That's one reason our clients typically accept more than 90 percent of our items upon first review.

Assessment development experts then assemble the items into assessments that undergo extensive statistical analysis to ensure alignment with state- or district-specific needs.

Our clients choose ETS for the quality and dependability of the assessments we deliver. They know they are receiving a valid assessment that reflects the work of top professionals.

Test Creation

ETS develops, administers or scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries at more than 9,000 locations worldwide. We have developed a complex and exacting process for producing fair and reliable tests, which involves multiple checks and balances and painstaking attention to detail.

A Customized Approach

We work closely with clients at every step of the assessment process, from conception and administration to scoring and score reporting. Our experience, combined with the flexibility of our methods, allows us to create quality products — aligned with the client’s specifications — quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.

Meeting Your Needs

We offer end-to-end assessment programs, as well as services in specific areas that best suit your assessment needs, including:

  • Planning and program management
  • Test development and administration
  • Scoring
  • Security monitoring and consulting
  • Research and policy development

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Technology-enhanced Assessments

Technology-enhanced AssessmentsETS works closely with states and the consortia to bring technological innovations to K–12 assessment.


NAEP and ETSETS has assisted the NAEP program in introducing numerous psychometric and assessment design innovations over the years.

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