Unique Online Testing Features.
This page discusses Online Testing features that we believe make this online (Internet) testing website unique. Many of these defining or distinctive features are cited below.
SPECIFIC TESTS FOR SPECIFIC CLIENT GROUPS
In addition to alcohol and drugs, Professional Online Testing Solutions, Inc. (Online-Testing.com) tests gather other valuable information. All Online-Testing.com tests contain a Truthfulness Scale to determine the amount of test taker denial, minimization and faking. And, each test varies according to the client population being evaluated. Consequently, Online-Testing.com tests measure important behaviors missed by other tests. Online-Testing.com has different tests for different client populations and different evaluation purposes. Online-Testing.com tests are designed for drug courts, adult and juvenile general population courts, probation departments, corrections (prisons), parole departments, sex offender evaluations, DUI/DWI offender screening, violence (lethality) assessment, anger managment programs, shoplifter testing, substance abuse treatment, counseling programs and other assessment settings. Visit the Online-Testing.com Available Tests page for more specific information on tests that you are interested in.
For convenience, all BDS tests have their own website. These websites are listed alphabetically on www.tests-websites.com. Each website describes the test and sets forth that tests' example report. Seeing a tests' "example report" answers many test-related questions.
Two Test Administration Options
Most Online Testing is done with hard copy paper-pencil test booklets and answer sheets. How to Print Test Booklets & Answer Sheets provides clear and concise instructions. Paper-Pencil testing allows for group testing and does not tie up your computer. Upon test completion, staff inputs data for scoring and printing reports on their printer while online.
Tests can also be administered on the computer while online. Upon test completion, staff can immediately score and print reports over the Internet. This procedure is fast and all functions (test administration, scoring, and printing reports) are completed while on the Internet.
Reliability, Validity and Accuracy
Each BDS test must have impressive reliability, validity, and accuracy to be selected and included in Online Testing's menu or list of available tests. Database analysis then insures ongoing research for each Online Testing test. To review these analyses visit www.bds-research.com.
All tests administered on Online Testing's Internet testing platform have a built-in database that saves test data and demographic information. However, the client's name is deleted to maintain compliance with HIPAA requirements and protect client confidentiality. Test data (demographics, true-false or multiple choice answers) is saved and automatically stored in the tests' database for future research and summary reports. Tests can then be researched on an ongoing database analysis schedule.
Each Online Testing test has a Truthfulness Scale for identifying denial, problem minimization, and attempts to "fake good". It is now known that most clients/respondents and offenders attempt to minimize their problems when tested. Therefore, a Truthfulness Scale is a necessary component in contemporary tests. These Truthfulness Scales have been validated with the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) L, F and K scales, polygraph exams and truthfulness studies. In each Online Testing test, the Truthfulness Scale has been demonstrated to be reliable, valid and accurate.
Each Online Testing test has Truth-Corrected scale scores which have proven to be very important for assessment accuracy. This proprietary Truth-Correction process is comparable to the MMPI K-scale correction. Each test's Truthfulness Scale is correlated with the other test scales. The Truth-Correction equation then converts raw scores to Truth-Corrected scores for the problem risk range. Truth-Corrected scores are more accurate than raw scores. Raw scores reflect what the client wants you to know. Truth-Corrected scores reveal what the client is trying to hide.
Matching Problem Severity with Treatment Intensity
All Behavior Data Systems (BDS) tests scales measure the severity of identified problems so evaluators can match problem severity with counseling or treatment program intensity. Matching problem severity with treatment program intensity is important in that it facilitates more effective treatment program outcomes. Stated another way, this severity matching with treatment intensity is important for treatment program success.
Reading Impaired Assessment
Reading impaired clients represent 20+ percent of the clients tested. This represents a serious problem to many tests. Online Testing offers Human Voice Audio to help alleviate this problem.
Human Voice Audio
An assessment client's passive vocabularies (what they hear) is often greater than their active (spoken) vocabularies. Hearing items read aloud often helps reduce cultural and communication problems. Test items are read out loud in another language, e.g., English, Spanish, Chinese or Russian. This test administration mode requires earphones/speakers (less distractions) for client and staff, and simple instructions to orient the client to the up-down arrow keys on the computer keyboard. Human Voice Audio provides an alternative approach for evaluating reading impaired clients.
Delete Client Names
To insure confidentiality and full compliance with HIPAA (Federal regulation 45 C.F.R. 164.501), Online Testing developed a "delete names" software program that allows evaluators to delete the name of the person that took the test from all test-related files. Demographics such as age, education, and ethnicity are retained for future database analysis, while client confidentiality is completely protected. This proprietary delete names procedure involves depressing a few keyboard keys. For detailed instructions, click on the "How to . . ." link on the left.
Each Online-Testing test has its own proprietary built-in database which accumulates answer sheet demographics and test data (answers) for each test that is administered. Utilization of the "delete names " feature protects client confidentiality and insures full compliance with HIPAA (Federal regulation 45 C.F.R. 164.501). These procedures enable Online Testing to summarize a test's cumulative database for department, state, province, agency, and provider reports. Typically, a report is provided free to agencies/individuals that administer over 500 tests per year. These annual reports are test specific. Sometimes several departments, agencies and test providers' test data are combined for analysis. This procedure provides a more comprehensive database pool and ensures test reliability, validity, and accuracy.
Data Input Scoring Accuracy
When tests are administered in the paper-pencil format, staff manually inputs test answers for online scoring. Online Testing utilizes a proprietary "data input verification" procedure to insure data input accuracy. In brief, test data is input twice. If any inconsistencies between the two data inputs of the same test data (answers) occur, the inconsistencies are highlighted until corrected. Moreover, the scoring sequence will not advance until all inconsistencies are corrected. As inconsistencies are corrected, highlighting disappears and the scoring process can continue. This data input verification procedure is voluntary, but highly recommended by Online Testing.
All tests are available in English and Spanish. To discuss translating tests into other languages, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The test booklets and answer sheets can be printed while online; for printing information click on the "How To Print Test Booklets and Answer Sheets" link.