Sunday, December 20, 2009

Prometric admits CAT was flawed

American firm Prometric, which conducted the computerised Common Admission Test (CAT) 2009 admitted that administration of the exam was far from perfect even as the development of the test adhered to a process-driven science. While the administration was far from perfect, tests were successfully given to more than 215,000 candidates over the course of 11 days, said Soumitra Roy, Managing Director, Prometric - India.

The computerized test, which was conducted on 17,000 computers in 361 temporary testing labs at 104 centres in 32 cities, was marred by virus attack and other technical glitches right from the beginning. The test was supposed to be taken by 241,000 candidates for admission into the prestigious IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) and other B-Schools.

We stand by the test and its ability to best serve interests of students and educators. We strongly believe in its credibility, said Roy. His comments assume significance against the backdrop of faculty associations of three IIMs passing separate resolutions, seeking scrapping of CAT 2009 on the ground that it has lost credibility due to the technical problems. The development of the test adhered to a process-driven science that both the IIMs and Prometric strictly followed, said Roy.

CAT items were built with the input of more than 95 subject-matter experts and reviewed by IIM professors. In addition, items were tested prior to being deployed in the field and are being tested again to ensure that all the questions on the test performed as intended, added Roy.

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