- I've been told I need the BPS TUP qualification for my job. What is this?
- I'm trained to BPS TUP standard in another questionnaire - can I buy Quintax?
- I'm interested in personality
assessment but I've been told I need to do TUA. Is this
- Does TUA let me purchase
ability tests from every publisher?
- What is 'Additional Instrument' training?
- Can I do distance learning training
- Can I do 1-to-1 training at
- 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?
- 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?
- I’m trained to use personality
questionnaires. What do you recommend about the best way to
use personality report software in assessment?
- What are the failure rates
like on SR&A TUA and TUP courses?
- Do I have to be trained to
use the Discovery Series?
- 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Can I do 1-to-1 training
Yes. We can offer this on all our main training programmes.
Call us for details.
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.
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
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'.
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.
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
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
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.