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Z. Agatha Klaxovox, Intergalactic Test Security Specialist
April Edition
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Ask Agatha
Dear Agatha, I'm new to the testing industry. After 15 years at an IT security company, I took a job at a well-known testing company. I’m a systems analyst by training, but wanted to work more with people, and the testing field looked like a good fit. 

I've noticed that tests today look very similar to those when I was in school, which seemed strange to me, given how much technology has changed. I can take some tests on my tablet, but the tests themselves don’t seem to have changed all that much. 
Do you agree? Am I looking at this right? Do you have any advice for a new test security professional like me who has learned to trust and use innovations on a regular basis, and even introduced new ones in my previous work? 
Sincerely, 
Tech Girl in Tennessee

p.s. What is your star sign?
Dear Tech Girl,

I understand your frustration. While there are some areas where the testing industry has supported new approaches (computerized testing, online proctoring, biometrics, etc.) there are other areas where the industry has been a bit slower to embrace innovative solutions. For example, your world has changed a lot in the past century; however, basic test design, including the iconic multiple-choice question (which was invented more than 100 years ago in earth time) has remained relatively unchanged and un-evolved. This makes it highly vulnerable to test fraud threats that undermine the validity of test scores. 

A century is a long time for you earthlings; imagine if you were still driving simple and dangerous flying cars instead of teleporting. (Oops! I forget that my ability to bend space and time gives me information I shouldn’t share with less advanced species! Sorry. Forget I wrote that thing about flying cars.) I encourage you to stay optimistic and keep shaking things up. As you do, consider introducing some of your own tech-driven solutions for test security. 

Remember the classic sci-fi line, “You are not alone.” Don't be afraid to reach out to fellow test security buffs (both alien and human). There are many who empathize with your mission to bring exciting security innovations to test security.
Sincerely,
Agatha

p.s. I’m an Aquarius. All Aquarians are aliens.
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Ask Agatha is an advice column written by Z. Agatha Klaxovox. Agatha is an intergalactic test security specialist who is only too happy to offer advice on what we should be doing on earth. To submit a question to Ask Agatha, email alison.foster@caveon.com. Questions will remain 100% confidential.
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