Experts in Computerized Adaptive Testing Discuss Latest Techniques in High-Stakes Exams

International Conference Set for June 2-3 at University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Graduate Management Admission Council:

WHAT: 2009 GMAC Conference on Computerized Adaptive Testing, organized by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) and hosted by the University of Minnesota.

WHEN: June 2-3, 2009

Conference begins at 9 a.m. on June 2 and 8:15 a.m. on June 3.

WHERE: Radisson University Hotel (on University of Minnesota campus)

615 Washington Avenue S.E.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414


More than 140 researchers and professionals from around the world are gathering to share and discuss the latest developments in computerized adaptive testing (CAT) -- the methodology behind many of today's advanced standardized admissions, achievement, certification and licensure examinations. The conference was arranged by CAT pioneers David Weiss, psychology professor at the University of Minnesota, and Lawrence M. Rudner, vice president of research and development at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). GMAC owns the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®), a CAT-based exam used by more than 4,600 graduate management education programs around the world.

Tests that employ CAT technology use computer workstations to present each test taker with a tailored set of questions drawn from a large pool. An algorithm selects questions based on whether the test taker has answered previous questions correctly or incorrectly, enabling CAT-based exams to more efficiently determine a person's ability level than traditional paper-and-pencil tests.

The Graduate Management Admission Council ( is a nonprofit organization of leading graduate business schools worldwide dedicated to creating access to and disseminating information about graduate management education. The Council annually surveys thousands of employers and business school aspirants, students and alumni to gauge the economic and societal impacts of graduate-level management training. GMAC is based in McLean, Virginia, and has a European office in London.

The GMAT is used by graduate management programs at some 1,900 business schools around the world to assess applicants. The GMAT -- the only standardized test designed expressly for graduate business and management programs worldwide -- is currently available at more than 450 test centers in over 100 countries. More information about the GMAT is available at

SOURCE: Graduate Management Admission Council

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