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Frequently Asked Questions

Why test?

Assessment instruments and their use are a specific component of the psychological, social, behavioral, educational, emotional and environmental assessment of an individual’s level of functioning in order to form a descriptive or diagnostic profile.  This is used as the basis for planning services such as treatment, education, resource services, developmental plans, and referral.


Who determines requirements for test administration?

Test publishers have established guidelines for education, training and experience requisite for access to each assessment instrument they publish.  Note: Testing professionals should also reference their profession's ethical code(s) and state regulations prior to using a particular test or instrument.


Why is fair access important?


The public access to assessment services through qualified professionals is essential in order to receive the benefits of treatment.



Who tests?


Mental health professionals often use test instruments in order to develop treatment plans, provide appropriate referrals, and assess treatment progress. Professional associations, regulatory boards or credentialing agencies whose constituencies use test instruments have established training, practice and ethical standards dealing specifically with professional competence in the use of assessments.



What is FACT?


The Fair Access Coalition on Testing (FACT) is a non-profit corporation which was formed in February 1996 to educate such professionals not credentialed as psychologists who have been adversely affected by restrictions on assessment practices imposed by state psychology licensure boards. Such restrictions are the object of concern for diverse professional groups whose members utilize, and have an interest in protecting, the right to use psychological, educational, vocational, industrial or other assessment instruments.



What does FACT do?

FACT is a not for profit corporation that advocates for fair access to testing services for all appropriately trained professionals. Professionals can and have asked for assistance in a wide variety of situations where they believed that they were being denied access to testing instruments for which they were appropriately trained.  In such cases, FACT can swiftly organize coalitions of member organizations and/or effectively testify on behalf of the professionals whose testing rights are threatened.  In addition, FACT also monitors situations in individual states that involve fair access to testing.  Please see the National Pages for information on particular cases.  FACT also disseminates information regarding fair access.  Please see the Meetings/Conferences Page for minutes and attendees for past meetings.





Testing Guidelines Endorsed by FACT
The FACT Board of Directors voted to endorse the International Test Commission’s International Guidelines for Test Use, edition 2000. To view the guidelines, click the following link. http://www.intestcom.org/itc_projects.htm.

2008 Membership Meeting
Current FACT members are cordially invited to attend the 2008 membership meeting of the Fair Access Coalition on Testing (FACT). This meeting will take place via teleconference at 11:00 am (ET) on September 15, 2008. Please follow the link for more information.

Restricted Test List Repealed in Indiana
May 17, 2007 - Legislation providing the Indiana State Psychology Board’s authority to create a restricted test list (RTL) has been repealed. HB 1821 removes language originally included in the counselor licensure law which passed in 1997. While this language has been in statute for ten years, a RTL was never successfully adopted despite multiple attempts by the Indiana Psychology Board in the last ten years. Effective July 1, 2007, this new law removes the authority of the Indiana Board of Psychology to create a Restricted Test List (RTL).

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