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Dates: 19 to 20 November 2018 rescheduled to 12 to 13 Nov 2018 (2 day workshop)
Venue: To Be Confirmed
Time : 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Closing date: 26 November 2018 Friday

Workshop Fee:
S$600.00 per participant. If 2 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same workshop, the discounted fee will be S$550.00 per participant for that particular workshop. Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials, 2 tea breaks and a lunch.

Other Information:
Registration is on a first-come-first serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.

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Dates Available for School or Cluster Booking: 14 and 16 November 2018
Please contact Joseph Loy at email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or tel: 6363 0330 for more information.

Workshop Description

People often assume that, because assessing students is so much part of a teacher’s work, it doesn’t require any extra expertise. As teachers we know this to be untrue, but many of us lack the knowledge we need to do it well. This is particularly the case when it comes to designing and analyzing assessments which are fit for the 21st century. This two-day course will provide an essential introduction to good test writing.

Traditional tests tend to consist of a series of questions on which candidates score marks. Typically, these marks are then simply added together to give a final total.

We will look at how that simple process gives us rather poor information about our students, and we will look at more sophisticated methods of designing and analyzing tests based on Item Response Theory, which will yield much better information.

On the course, we will cover the following topics:

  • What is a construct, and what constructs are we trying to measure through our assessments?
  • How can the language used in the assessment affect outcomes?
  • What frameworks can we use for evaluating the cognitive demand of test questions?
  • What is item response theory (IRT) and how does it work?
  • What do we mean by Item difficulty and person ability, and how are these relevant to good assessments?
  • How can we learn to read a Wright map?
  • How can we use data to explore the true difficulty of test questions?
  • How can we predicting candidate performance based on ability?
  • How can we analyze a test using techniques learned on the course?


This will be a practical and intensive introduction to 21st century assessment techniques. We will make some use of statistical information, but we will not be asking you to calculate things for yourself. In the worldwide assessment community, there is a wide body of knowledge in the areas covered by this course. We will introduce you to this knowledge base and help you to access published research, so that you have all the tools you need to create your own high-quality assessments.

No special equipment is needed for the course. All notes and handouts will be provided on paper and will be available electronically. A pen and a smile will be all that you need to bring with you.

Please click here to download the 2 day workshop programme


About the Presenter

Dr Martin Walker

Martin Walker2

Martin Walker worked as a teacher and senior examiner in England before working with CEM in Durham. Martin is the author of 13 text books for schools on aspects of English teaching. Martin also worked as Principal Examiner for several national tests in the UK for a period of 12 years.

Martin began to pursue a scientific approach to assessment when studying for an MSC in educational assessment at Durham University. He then developed that interest into a PhD study of the validity of UK national tests. Martin likes to bring the theoretical and the practical together in order to help teachers carry out better assessment and regularly carry out test analysis for professional companies to explore how well their tests are functioning. When not doing that, Martin sings and run up mountains


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