Pearson Psychometrician in Boston, Massachusetts
The Psychometrician must have knowledge of the testing industry and the test development process, research methods, and both classical test theory and Item Response Theory. The Psychometrician conducts item and test analysis, equating, 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.
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.
Planning: Perform initial psychometric program review under Manager or Sr Psychometrician’s supervision. 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: Develop an appropriate test design including mode of administration, test specifications, and pretest strategy.
- Interacts with clients for job analysis, standard setting, measurement explanations and other appropriate topics.
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.
- Work with members of testing services teams, account managers, and other company teams.
Support Software Development
- Work with the technology team to define technical specifications for software.
Education and Experience:
PhD in Psychometrics, I/O Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, Educational Measurement, or related field
One or more years of experience in related position, and experience in applied test development, including the construction, processing, 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, R, Python or other relevant programing languages.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
Knowledgeable of computer-based test construction and development
Knowledgeable of databases and item-banking
Facility with statistical software package(s)
Excellent organizational and project management skills
Good presentation skills: Ability to summarize complex technical information and communicate it to a variety of audiences and clients.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Effective decision-making skills
Good written and verbal communication skills
Creativity and innovative thinking required
Familiarity with research literature, participation in research studies
Strong internet and MS Office Suite skills
20% Travel Required (Domestic and International)
Compensation at Pearson is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific location. As required by the Colorado, California, Washington State, New York State, and New York City laws, the pay range for this position is as follows:
The minimum full-time salary range is between $80,000 - 100,000.
This position is not bonus eligible, and information on benefits offered is here.
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Job: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Organization: Assessment & Qualifications
Req ID: 11785
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