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Date:         Tue, 27 Apr 1999 16:25:05 -0400
Reply-To:     John Iwaniszek <jiwanisz@QCHN.QUINTILES.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From:         John Iwaniszek <jiwanisz@QCHN.QUINTILES.COM>
Subject:      Re: SAS Certification
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This SAS certification is not even a good hiring tool. This is a criterion referenced test that is essentially pass-fail. Prospective employers can not sort certified individuals by their score to pick the highest scorer. Nor can the certificate holder claim any greater knowledge than his or her fellow certificate holder or tie compensation to a particular level of achievement vis-a-vis the test.

In certification testing you set you cut-point based on what a panel of experts believes is the percent of minimally qualified candidates who will answer each question correctly. Sometimes each question gets this rating and the score for the test is the average of the item percents.

The bottom line is that certification indicates that the candidate is at least minimally qualified. No inferences are possible beyond this simple statement.


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