The 2014 Computerized Adaptive Testing Summit: Facing and Solving Educational and Psychological Measurement Challenges in the 21st Century



Hyatt Regency Hotel • Princeton, N.J., USA • October 8–10, 2014

About the 2014 IACAT Summit
The International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT) will hold its 2014 Computerized Adaptive Testing Summit on October 8–10, 2014. The summit is hosted by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and this year's theme is "Facing and Solving Educational and Psychological Measurement Challenges in the 21st Century." The summit will focus on the following topics:

  • state-of-the-art psychometric research on computerized adaptive testing (CAT)
  • new conceptions of CAT that are responsive to the challenges and opportunities presented by evolving conceptions of student achievement
  • developments in psychometric theory and assessment design that support adapting tests to individuals or populations
  • applications of CAT in the contexts of personality, workforce and mental health
  • new technologies to support the growing volume of tests
  • new technologies to support new response modalities and accessibility

Beginning this year, IACAT will present the Early Career Researcher Award. The award recipient will receive a grant to attend the summit and will be invited to present a paper. To be eligible for the award, the nominee ought to have an interest in CAT and hold a master's or doctoral degree earned within the past five years, or have completed at least three years of graduate study toward a doctoral degree. Nominations are due by June 15, 2014 (extended from May 1, 2014) and can be emailed to Professor John Barnard. For further details, visit the conference website.

The summit will be held in Princeton, N.J., which is conveniently located between New York City and Philadelphia and is close to many major highways, as well as public transportation routes that serve both cities.

Keynote Speakers
Fritz Drasgow, University of Illinois
Gunter Maris, Cito and University of Amsterdam
Robert Mislevy, ETS
Mary Pommerich, Defense Manpower Data Center


Scientific Committee
John Barnard, IACAT and EPEC
Cliff Donath, IACAT and Philips Healthcare
Theo Eggen, IACAT and Cito, University of Twente
Lawrence Rudner, IACAT and GMAC
Nathan Thompson, IACAT and Assessment Systems Corporation
David J. Weiss, IACAT and University of Minnesota


Invited Speakers
Carol Chapelle, Iowa State University
Robert Gibbons, University of Chicago
Liberty Munson, Microsoft®
Daniel Wakeman, ETS


Program Committee
Isaac Bejar, ETS
Alina von Davier, ETS
Duanli Yan, ETS

A Call for Proposals
IACAT welcomes proposals for session presentations on any aspect of CAT. Proposals must include the following components:

1.     Proposal title (no longer than 15 words)

2.     Author(s) and their affiliation(s)

3.     Abstract (500 words or less, single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font)

4.     Email address for the submitting author

5.     Required level of understanding of the subject matter (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

A limited number of coordinated sessions will be accepted. If submitting a symposium proposal, for each paper in the symposium follow the instructions above. In addition, please include the following:

1.     Title of symposium (no longer than 15 words)

2.     Organizer(s) and their affiliation(s)

3.     Abstract (500 words or less, single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font)

4.     Email address for the submitting organizer

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2014. Your proposals will be reviewed and notice of acceptance will be sent via email by July 11, 2014. To submit your proposal, complete the proposal form.

Who Should Submit a Proposal?
Anyone who researches or works in the field of CAT can submit a proposal. Although the summit this year is focused on certain aspects of CAT, we are open to diverse proposals to facilitate the exchange of novel ideas and promote all areas of CAT.

Host a Future Conference
IACAT welcomes proposals from organizations to host a future conference. The host of the 2015 conference will be announced during the 2014 summit. The IACAT conference committee will support the host throughout conference planning. If you are interested in hosting a future conference, complete the conference planning form (.doc). For further information, contact us at

Registration for the 2014 conference will open soon. For more information, visit

If you have questions or need additional information, contact IACAT at

Thank you,



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