Equity and Fairness

HPAT-Ulster has been developed to assist universities in ranking applicants in a way that is valid and fair.

ACER tests are developed to rigorous professional and technical standards. Test questions are designed and developed by teams of ACER writers expert in their subject areas and in test construction. All test questions in development must pass detailed panelling, trial testing, analysis, and final review. All questions are carefully scrutinised in an ongoing attempt to minimise gender, ethnic or religious bias, and to ensure the test is culturally fair. The content, style, duration and sequencing of the tests are determined to ensure that the testing programme is relevant, fair, valid and reliable. After the test, candidate response data are analysed to ensure individual questions and the test as a whole have performed as expected. Any question considered at this stage to have performed in an unsatisfactory manner is eliminated from the scoring.

The test may contain a small number of trial questions which will not contribute to candidate scores. In addition to the routine analysis of test performance, ACER undertakes ongoing research to monitor the characteristics and quality of its tests. This research includes investigations of equity and validity. Appropriate and secure test conditions are ensured by ACER’s standardised test administration guidelines and procedures, to which all test takers and proctors must adhere. ACER controls all quality aspects of the test, its administration and reporting.