The IACAT Newsletter provides announcements of important information and news in the field of adaptive testing.

IACAT: Will you volunteer some time to help move CAT forward?

Dear IACAT member:

As you know, one of the objectives of the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT) is to serve as an international source of information on CAT.  A major part of this initiative is the IACAT Web site, which has already become a substantial improvement over the old CAT Central Web site, which is being absorbed into IACAT's new Web site.

IACAT 2013 - UNOFFICIAL request for proposals

CAT researchers:

It is time to start thinking about IACAT 2013!  We would like to able to announce the location of the 2013 conference while at the 2012 conference.  Since the 2012 conference will be in August, the proposal and review process will need to occur in the May-July period.  An official Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released in approximately May.  Therefore, this message is to serve as notice for all interested organizations to start thinking of their proposal at this time.  If you are interested, a link to the previous form is below.

Official Announcement: IACAT 2012 in Australia

The third conference of the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT) will be held at the Sydney Convention Centre (, 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.

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.

Dec. 2011: Call for operational CAT programs

The IACAT website has a list of operational CAT programs at, adapted from the CAT Central website of Prof. David J. Weiss. If you have a operational testing program that utilizes true IRT-based adaptive testing, and you would like to add it to that list, please send a brief description to

IACAT 2012 Announced

The IACAT 2012 annual conference will be held 12-14 August, in Sydney, Australia. It is being hosted by the Australian Medical Council ( and EPEC ( An official Call for Proposals with more details will be released soon, but you can start thinking about what research you would like to present.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Note: An earlier announcement tentatively listed the dates as 13-15 August; final arrangements with the venue were 12-14 August.