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Item Writing


Why Participate in an Item Writing Workshop?

  1. Your T&E Certification application and exam fees will be waived.
  2. You will gain insights that will help you prepare for the exam.
  3. You might be good at and enjoy writing items.
  4. You become familiar with the certification process.
  5. You get to network and work with other ITEA SMEs.
  6. It is fun!

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Item Writing Basics

ITEA is looking for subject matter experts (SMEs) in the test and evaluation industry to assist in writing questions for the T&E Professional Certification Exam. Successful completion of the exam will award a T&E professional with the "Certified Test & Evaluation Professional (CTEP)" designation, which provides them recognition that they have demonstrated attained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to ensure their success in the T&E career field.

You DO NOT need to attend an Item Writing Workshop in order to submit items to the Board of Examiners (BOE). Viewing the one-hour webinar and reading the Item Development Guide is often sufficient "training" for you to get started writing items. You will need to sign and submit the "Exam Development Confidentiality Agreement" and the "T&E Professional Code of Ethics" when you submit your first set of items.

Download an Item Submission Form below.

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Qualifying for A Waiver of your Fees

In order to qualify for a waiver of your Certified Test and Evaluation Professional (CTEP) application and examination fees you must submit a minimum of ten (10) "raw" items with at lease five (5) of the items being accepted by the BOE for inclusion in the examination item database.

These “raw” items will be reviewed by the BOE for inclusion in the certification examination. You may be asked to revise your item(s) based on the BOE's review.

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Item Writing Workshop Overview

If you are able to participate in a complimentary one-day Item Writing Workshop, the morning includes a tutorial in item writing, where the SMEs will be trained on how to develop certification exam questions. The SMEs will then write exam items and spend time working in groups to critique and improve on the items written by the members of the group.

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Relevant Textbook Examples

Participants in the workshops are asked to bring any textbooks that could be used as reference for developing exam items. Relevant textbooks should be no more than 5 years old should be used as the primary references for the items developed for inclusion on the certification exam.

Examples of relevant textbooks:

  • “Test and Evaluation of Complex Systems”
  • “Operational Test and Evaluation: A Systems Engineering Process”
  • “A Text-Book Of Electrical Engineering”
  • “The Elements of Electrical Engineering: A Text Book for Technical Schools and Colleges”
  • “Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments: With Applications to Engineering and Science”
  • “Design and Analysis of Experiments with SAS”
  • “Fundamentals of Systems Engineering”
  • “Software Testing Fundamentals: Methods and Metrics”
  • “Statistics: Principles and Methods”
  • “Statistical Analysis of Non-normal Data”
  • “Computer Systems: An Integrated Approach to Architecture and Operating Systems”
  • “Project Management for IT-related Projects”
  • “Operations Research: Applications and Algorithms”
  • "Team Building: Proven Strategies for Improving Team Performance”
  • “Principles of Electronic Instrumentation”
  • “Electronic Measurement and Instrumentation”
  • “Simulation Modeling and Analysis”
  • “Theory of Modeling and Simulation”
  • “Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications”
  • “Electronic Statistics”
  • “Analytical Processes”
  • “STATISTICS Methods and Applications”

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Please contact James Gaidry, ITEA Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 703-631-6220, x204, if you have any questions on writing items or the Item Writing Workshops.

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