The Time Crunch: How Much Time Should Candidates Be Given to Take an Exam?

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When developing an assessment, two major decisions a credentialing organization needs to make are: How many items will be on the exam? and How much time will test-takers be given to complete the exam? These choices can have a significant impact on fairness and validity. Often, once an exam has been administered, many test-takers will anecdotally report that they ran out of time and the assessment was unfair. Therefore, an important question to ask is, What can credentialing organizations do in order to investigate and address these concerns? We explore this topic in the white paper.