2012 IACAT Conference

The third conference of the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT) will be held at the Sydney Convention Centre (www.scec.com.au), Australia from Sunday 12 to Tuesday 14 August 2012. This conference follows the successful first conference held in the Netherlands in June 2010 and the second conference held in Monterey in October 2011. It is jointly organized by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) (www.amc.org.au) and Excel Psychological and Educational Consultancy (EPEC) (www.epecat.com).  To register for the conference, or to learn more, please visit www.iacatconference.com.

The theme of the conference is “CAT – the past, present and future” and the program is designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas, research and applications of CAT. Besides invited keynote addresses and symposia by global leaders in the field, there will be pre-conference workshops at the introductory and advanced levels. The program committee invites you to join us in Sydney. Sydney is a vibrant, multi-cultural and cosmopolitan city which, as the largest city in Australia, has much to offer.

Proposal abstracts can already be submitted at www.iacatconference.com.  Abstracts should be submitted in 12pt Times New Roman MS Word (max of 500 words) and include a title, name and email address of the presenter(s), institutional affiliation and a topic area.

IACAT -- Journal of Computerized Adaptive Testing

At its meeting in late November, the IACAT Board of Directors approved a proposal by its previously appointed Journal Committee to prepare a proposal for the development of the Journal of Computerized Adaptive Testing (JCAT).

JCAT will be implemented as an electronic journal that will be distributed using PDF files at no cost.  It will publish high-quality peer-reviewed CAT research.  We expect to begin receiving manuscripts for review in Spring 2012 with publication beginning in late spring.  Each article will be published as it is completed, and IACAT members will be informed on publication of each article.

We have two requests at this time:

1.  We are now accepting nominations for the Editor of JCAT.  You may nominate a colleague or yourself.  We are seeking a visible and experienced CAT researcher, preferably with experience as an Editor or Associate Editor of a research journal.  Please send your nominations to djweiss@umn.edu by Monday, January 16th.  Nominations will be reviewed by the Publications Committee and its recommendations will be forwarded to the IACAT Board for its action.

2.  Since we expect to begin reviewing manuscripts in a few months, if you have manuscripts that you would like to submit you should begin to prepare them.  Manuscripts will be accepted for review as PDF files.  They can be prepared in APA style, with two exceptions:  (1) they can be single-spaced, and (2) tables and figures may be inserted into the text, complete with titles, after their first mention.  Further details on manuscript submission will be forthcoming.

We would appreciate your recommendations for JCAT's Editor and look forward to hearing from you.  If you have any questions, please contact djweiss@umn.edu

2011 IACAT Conference

CTB is pleased to announce that it held a successful 2011 International Association of Computer Adaptive Testing (IACAT) conference.  Here is the press release.