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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.

Measurement Services

  • 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.

Client Interface

  • 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.

Internal Communication

  • 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.

What to expect from Pearson

Did you know Pearson is one of the 10 most innovative education companies of 2022?

At Pearson, we add life to a lifetime of learning so everyone can realize the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are on a journey to be 100 percent digital to meet the changing needs of the global population by developing a new strategy with ambitious targets. To deliver on our strategic vision, we have five business divisions that are the foundation for the long-term growth of the company: Assessment & Qualifications, Virtual Learning, English Language Learning, Workforce Skills and Higher Education. Alongside these, we have our corporate divisions: Digital & Technology, Finance, Global Corporate Marketing & Communications, Human Resources, Legal, Strategy and Direct to Consumer. Learn more at We are Pearson.

We value the power of an inclusive culture and also a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to building a workplace where talent can learn, grow and thrive.

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We want a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other group protected by law. We strive for a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities.

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, navigate to: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Pearson.

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Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 11785