Psychometrician

Pearson - Bloomington, MN3.8

Full-time
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**Description**

Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in more than 180 countries, where we validate the skills and knowledge of millions of individuals every year.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson, the world's leading learning company with global-reach and market-leading businesses. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO).

The Psychometrician must have knowledge of the testing industry and possess necessary skills in test development, particularly in how to establish assessment constructs through job task analysis and setting performance standards. Fundamental knowledge in both Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory is also required. The Psychometrician conducts item and test analysis, equating, job task analysis, standard setting, item bank design and analysis, and other psychometric activities. She/he plans and conducts original research related to computer based testing and the field of measurement theory. Working closely with the Content Development team, and other testing services staff, the Psychometrician performs various tasks as appropriate to ensure the production of quality tests. The Psychometrician impacts the validity and reliability of client deliverables and promotes the scientific reputation of Pearson VUE through presentation and publication of new and original research at industry conferences and in industry journals.

**PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES**

40% Measurement Services

+ Establishing foundations of assessments: Lead job task analysis and standard setting activities.

+ Data management: Manipulate and validate data files.

+ Scoring: Identify and/or develop the way each test is scored.

+ Test and item analysis: Analyze test and item-level results using appropriate methods.

+ Equating, linking & scaling of tests.

+ Item bank maintenance: Work with content development to ensure that item pools meet the needs of the program.

+ Quality control: Ensures accuracy of tests and test analyses.

+ Technical documentation: Produce technical documentation related to item, test and program performance. Produce periodic reports including tables and figures related to program performance.

+ Project planning under supervision: Perform initial psychometric program review. Develop a plan that ensures that examination services comply with industry standards for security, validity, reliability, fairness and defensibility. Maintain project plans as appropriate.

+ Test design, generation, and delivery under supervision: Develop an appropriate test design including mode of administration, test specifications, and pretest strategy.

25% Internal Communication: Work with members of testing services teams, account managers, and other teams (such as marketing, sales, business development).

20% Client Interface: Interacts with clients for job analysis, standard setting, measurement explanations and other appropriate topics.

5% Support Software Development: Work with the technology team to define technical specifications for software.

5% Training and Professional Development: participate in internal training and individual development of technical skills.

5% Research

+ Research: Identify research components of customer programs. Develop research proposals; design and implement research projects.

+ Presentation and Publication: Present theoretical and/or application papers at major conferences. Submit theoretical and/or application papers for publication.

5% Other Duties as Assigned.

**WORK ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS**

Position located in Bloomington, MN or Remote

Physical requirements: Office environment

Travel requirements: Requires up to 20% travel.

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**Qualifications**

**Education and Experience: **

+ PhD in Psychometrics, Quantitative Psychology, Educational Measurement, or related field, preferably with experience in applied test development, including job task analysis, analysis, and reporting of large-scale examinations

+ Experience in test theory (IRT and Classical).

+ Experience writing syntax/code for data manipulation and statistical analyses using SAS, SPSS, or R.

**Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: **

+ Plan and facilitate job task analysis and standard setting.

+ Ability to summarize complex technical information and communicate it, verbally or in writing, to a variety of audiences and clients.

+ Knowledgeable in computer-based test construction and development.

+ Knowledgeable in database and item-banking.

+ Facility with statistical software package(s).

+ Excellent organizational and project management skills.

+ Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

+ Effective decision-making skills.

+ Creativity and innovative thinking required.

+ Familiarity with research literature, participation in research studies.

+ Strong internet and MS Office Suite skills.

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Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

**Primary Location: ** US-MN-Bloomington

**Other Locations** US-MN-Bloomington

**Work Locations: ** US-MN-Bloomington-5601 Green Valley 5601 Green Valley Drive Suite 220 Bloomington 55437

**Job: ** Professional Development

**Organization: ** Assessments VUE

**Employee Status: ** Regular Employee

**Job Type: ** Standard

**Shift: ** Day Job

**Job Posting: ** Jun 21, 2019

**Job Unposting: ** Ongoing

**Schedule: ** Full-time Regular

**Req ID: ** 1908302

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.