A structured process to determine and document a test’s defining characteristics such as intended and unintended interpretations and uses of the test scores, the examinee population, score reporting needs, test parameters, and the validation plan. The resulting documentation provides the foundation upon which subsequent test development and maintenance activities are based.

Alpine staff has extensive experience facilitating test sponsors—and other stakeholders and subject matter experts as needed—through the process of articulating and documenting a test’s defining characteristics and using that information to inform and drive subsequent test development and maintenance activities.