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Item validation provides concrete documentation of the relevance of all items on the exam form; it provides documentation that a panel of subject matter experts convened, discussed the relevance of every item, and agreed on each item to be placed on the exam form. Another use of the validation process is in the assembly of the exam form. If the experts developed more items for a blueprint area than necessary, it is important to quantify the quality of an items to allow selection of only the best items.


See The Basics of Exam Development topic for more details about the exam development stages.

As a Validator, you may be working on several projects and have been assigned a certain number of items for each project. You can see your work assignments in the Project View Summary page.

Access Project View Summary page

Select Develop Questions → Validate. The Project View Summary page appears.

A count of the items you have been assigned to validate / pending validation are displayed by the criteria.

The Project View Summary page includes the following features:



Validate the selected items.


The search criteria used to assign items for the Validation Assignment. If a saved search was used to assign the validation role to the user, the name of the saved search is listed.


Number of items you must validate or that are remaining to be validated according to the specific Validation Assignment.

Due Date

The date in mm/dd/yyyy format, by which the assignment must be completed.


Comments can be added to items by clicking on the Comments tab.

A Questions Summary section displays information about an Item.



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