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Malaysian university joins forces with MIMOS to use psychometric profiling

AvantiKumar | Oct. 1, 2013
National applied research agency MIMOS helps Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) as part of a programme to help educational institutions better assess both students and academic staff.

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Photo - UPSI Psychometrics launched by Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, MOSTI Deputy Minister, accompanied by (left) Dr Haniza Yon, Head of MIMOS Psychometrics Cluster and Prof Dr Noraini Idris, UPSI Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Commercialisation/Innovation.

 

A psychometric profiling initiative to better assess both students and academic staff in Malaysian educational institutions has been launched by Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Tanjung Malim, Perak, with the help of the national applied research agency MIMOS.

The partnership with MIMOS uses a mix of appropriate expertise and technologies to jointly develop four instruments that can be used to better assess the suitability of students towards their topic of study, and therefore, to maximise the students' potential to excel in their education, according to MIMOS Psychometrics Cluster head Dr Haniza Yon.

"This psychometrics profiling will enhance decision-making in the selection of students by systematically gauging their abilities as well as evaluate the proficiency of university staff," said Dr Haniza. "It is time Malaysia adopts a methodical and objective approach such as these, which will benefit not just the university, but the community in the long run."

Four of the developed tests by UPSI and MIMOS are Aptitude Test for University, Proficiency in ICT, Computer-assisted English Language Test and Ujian Nilai BITARA, said Dr Haniza.

- The Aptitude Test for University (AT4U) identifies students' potential thus enhances their learning based on their ability and can also identify the best candidates for placement purposes into programmes offered by the university.
- The Proficiency in ICT (ProfIT) measure competencies of individuals in using various ICT applications for placement purposes. It can identify individuals' strengths and weaknesses in ICT competencies and assists learning institutions in evaluation and benchmarking of their ICT programmes.
- The Computer-assisted English Language Test (CaELT) serves as a placement test into programmes based on students' strengths and weaknesses in English language. This will enable scaffolding to weak students and at the same time provide insights into their future English capability.
- The Ujian Nilai BITARA helps in professional development and selection of academic staff to ensure that academicians' values are align with institution's vision and mission.

The Psychometrics Cluster at MIMOS is instrumental in promoting and practising psychometrics in Malaysia and has the expertise in the fundamentals and applications of psychometrics theories and techniques as well as psychometric-related technologies for educational as well as psychological testing in Malaysia.

 

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