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  1. I've been told I need the BPS TUP qualification for my job. What is this?
  2. I'm trained to BPS TUP standard in another questionnaire - can I buy Quintax?
  3. I'm interested in personality assessment but I've been told I need to do TUA. Is this true?
  4. Does TUA let me purchase ability tests from every publisher?
  5. What is 'Additional Instrument' training?
  6. Can I do distance learning training at SR&A?
  7. Can I do 1-to-1 training at SR&A?
  8. I am a managing director of a small company and I need to recruit a new manager. I want to use some psychometrics, how do I go about it?
  9. I see that you do on-line testing. I want to get my applicants assessed on-line, but nobody in the business is trained in testing. Can I use your system?
  10. I’m trained to use personality questionnaires. What do you recommend about the best way to use personality report software in assessment?
  11. What are the failure rates like on SR&A TUA and TUP courses?
  12. Do I have to be trained to use the Discovery Series?
  13. How can I tell if a test or questionnaire is worth using?

I've been told I need the BPS TUP qualification for my job. What is this?
TUP stands for 'Test User Personality' - what the BPS used to call 'Level B'.  It covers basic personality theory - concepts and ideas - and it covers the practical use of a personality measure in assessing and feeding back to people.  In our case this is Quintax, although you can qualify in Quintax by a 2 day non-BPS route. 
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I'm trained to BPS TUP standard in another questionnaire - can I buy Quintax?
Yes. We believe you are sufficiently experienced and knowledgeable to be able to read and assimilate the Quintax User Guide and to develop your skills in using the instrument on a systematic and independent basis. The Starter Pack (priced at £250 + VAT) contains a Quintax User Guide and a Quintax Interpretation Guide.  It also includes 100 online 'units' for assessing people - up to five people can be assessed with 100 units, depending upon your selection of reports.  Although training is not mandatory for you, we recommend you attend the FREE optional 1 day Quintax Conversion course. This is because you can then learn about the measure from us, the authors, and get a more complete picture of its applications. In a busy schedule it can also help simply to earmark the day, away from your workplace, for your own development.
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I'm interested in personality assessment but I've been told I need to do TUA. Is this true?
If you want to use a range of personality measures and collect the TUP certificate, then Test User Ability is a wise first step.  As TUP includes some common elements that exist also in TUA, you don't save much time by leaving it out.  If you have already done them via TUA, then you don't need to do them again.  Some publishers (including ourselves) offer 'measure specific' training as an alternative which covers all you need to be able to use a particular measure competently. In our case we offer a 2 day Quintax Qualifying course which qualifies you as a Quintax user but does not guarantee BPS certification, although these can be achieved with additional training.
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Does TUA let me purchase ability tests from every publisher?
In virtually every case the answer is 'Yes' as publishers now generally recognise TUA certification as a basis for registering as an independent purchaser and user of ability tests (including aptitude tests, reasoning tests, etc.). Some publishers may ask you to do a small amount of additional training to be introduced to their test material, but this will generally not add to your competence level even though it may give you some additional product information. However, we can't find any publishers currently who require even this.

To be on the safe side, if you need specifically to be able to purchase a particular ability test from a test publisher then you should ask the publisher concerned if they accept TUA as a basis for registering to purchase that test. Notice, however, that various test publishers offer tests in the same category (e.g. numerical reasoning tests for use in graduate recruitment) so you should rarely if ever feel tied to purchasing from one publisher of ability test material. A better range of choice may come from registering with a variety of publishers following qualification at TUA.
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What is 'Additional Instrument' Training?
This is intended for those people who have completed TUP successfully, but who want to be certificated in the use of a second (or third, fourth..) instrument. To get it you will generally need to go through assessment again (re observed oral feedback, report writing etc.) in your additional measure.
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Can I do distance learning training at SR&A?
Distance learning elements are incorporated in both TUA and TUP training at SR&A. They are designed as tailored packages to enable guided individual learning supporting learning by attendance in a tutorial environment. Whilst distance learning is an attractive option when time away from the office or home is difficult to arrange, it can be a challenging route compared with the support offered by other learners during a more traditional course. The key is to leave time to complete it before you have to attend your training programme - it can't always be done afterwards!
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Can I do 1-to-1 training at SR&A?
Yes. We can offer this on all our main training programmes.
Call us for details.
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I am a managing director of a small company and I need to recruit a new manager. I want to use some psychometrics, how do I go about it?
There are three main options. One is to have somebody within your business trained to use tests, and another is to get a company such as SR&A involved to carry out testing on your behalf. The advantage of the first approach is that you retain the skills in-house and, following the initial investment in the training, can use the skills repeatedly in other recruitment situations. Sometimes, however, because the company's needs for these skills do not happen very often, the second option is more cost-effective. SR&A are always willing to discuss with you your needs for help with testing and assessment situations and will give you advice on the scale and scope of the input that will be required.
A third option with the advent of on-line testing is to use a 'bureau service'. Our Quintax On-line Bureau Service allows us to enable the assessment of candidates remotely using the Quintax On-line system, and then to provide feedback via reports and telephone (or face-to-face) discussion to client companies. In some cases, this can cost as little as £75 + VAT per candidate! As before, call us for details and advice on how best to proceed.
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I see that you do on-line testing. I want to get my applicants assessed on-line, but nobody in the business is trained in testing. Can I use your system?
As described above, we do offer a Quintax On-line Bureau Service that might be helpful. The advantage is that we can organise the testing to take place in your office via an internet enabled PC, on our premises, or at some other agreed location. Call us for details.
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I’m trained to use personality questionnaires. What do you recommend about the best way to use personality report software in assessment?
There are two good points at which personality report software can be used: as a step before verbal feedback to give yourself some material you can use to guide your feedback with the candidate, and/or as a step after feedback in the preparation of a final report. In any case the written report should ideally accompany rather than replace verbal feedback, and its impact should be moderated (e.g. by editing or giving verbal qualifications to the content) to reflect any issues, evidence, or other matters that arise in your evaluation of the person's profile, for example during feedback. In our view there are no computer based report writers which are yet intelligent enough to deal with the literally millions of interpretations that can be placed upon a collection of scores - hence the need to validate the report appropriately. As a result we feel report software should generally be treated as an "expert's assistant" tool rather than as a full 'expert system'.
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What are the failure rates like on SR&A TUA and TUP courses?
Most of our delegates pass their assessments on TUA and TUP at the first sitting. In the unusual cases where a delegate fails to complete an assessment satisfactorily, we can provide a work place exercise or 'recovery assessment' that they can complete in order to demonstrate competence. There is no end of course test on either TUA or TUP, so passing is really just a matter of dealing with the pre-course, in-course and post-course assessments and finishing off the portfolio of exercises after the course.
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Do I have to be trained to use the Discovery Series?
In order to use the Discovery Series you need to complete a registration form detailing your previous experience and training in the use of assessment centre exercises (click here for a copy). If we believe that your registration form indicates sufficient competence to use the exercises then you will be given a registration code so that you can purchase them. Should you need or want it, we can offer relevant training.
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How can I tell if a test or questionnaire is worth using?
You can consult the BPS Reviews of Tests. These contain reviews written by independent psychologists of most of the main tests in use in occupational testing in the UK. A test or questionnaire is only reviewed if it has been offered for review by its publisher. This may say something about tests which are marketed aggressively but don't appear in the BPS Reviews! The reviews contain material written for the intelligent lay reader that summarises tests' strengths and weaknesses; it also provides some 'star ratings' out of 5 for different aspects of test design and use. The reviews are available on-line at www.psychtesting.org.uk and may be purchased individually, or by subscribing to the review process. Currently you can purchase individual reviews on-line, or subscribe for a year’s use at a time. Subscribing means you can see any review you want to from the entire set without further charge. You can look anyway at summary evaluations
(eg www.psychtesting.org.uk/cfm for Quintax link) for free!  If you become TUA or TUP qualified and join the BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use, then you get free access to all the reviews.
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