Statistical Results of the NCTRC Certification Exam: The First Five Years


  • Bob Riley
  • Peg Connolly


Certification, Certification Exam, Credentialing, Standardized Test Development, Therapeutic Recreation.


The purpose of the article is to provide an overview of the test development process and present the statistical results of the first five years of implementation of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) Exam. The national certification exam was developed using a national job analysis involving therapeutic recreation personnel. NCTRC in consultation with Educational Testing Service (ETS) of Princeton, New Jersey, developed the national certification exam following a recognized and validity-orientated 10 step process. National experts representing various areas of service of the profession of therapeutic recreation participated throughout this process and provided the professional content for the exam. The test is composed of 200 multiple choice items and was first implemented in November 1990. Statistical findings presented in this article are based on demographic and test score information from 15,378 test results of individuals who sat for the test during one of the first nine administrations (November 1990 and November 1995). Statistical analyses indicate that the exam is a reliable instrument for use in the national certification program. Discussion of the relationship between test scores and demographics describing the population of test takers is provided.





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