Field Research FAQs
We’ve provided answers to the most frequently asked questions about becoming a field research examiner. If your question isn’t listed below, please contact us to learn more.
- What are Pilot, Tryout, and Standardization?
- Does Pearson provide candidates for me to test?
- Will participants receive test results?
- Will examiners and examinees receive compensation?
- How does the field research process work?
- I work with a site. Can they be paid?
- Who do I contact if I have more questions?
What are Pilot, Tryout, and Standardization?
Each proposed revision goes through multiple data collection phases such as Pilot, Tryout and Standardization.
Pilot: In this early phase of data collection, test developers may have new items or a new administration platform to test. The sample collected is small in comparison to later phases of collection, and the data collection window is usually only a few months.
Tryout: This sample is larger than the Pilot sample and may include validity studies and candidates with clinical diagnoses. Sample demographic specifications will be stricter than those in the pilot phase. Data collection for projects in this phase will range from three to seven months.
Standardization: In this phase of collection, the assessment is tested under standard conditions with the items and instructions developed in the Tryout and Pilot phases. This sample usually includes a retest reliability study, multiple validity studies, and candidates with clinical diagnoses. The sample collected during the standardization phase is usually fully stratified to reflect population characteristics captured by the census.
Does Pearson provide candidates for me to test?
No, Pearson will not provide candidates for research testing. Examiners are responsible for recruiting their own candidates. In most cases, examiners recruit candidates that are clients, students, and friends. Some examiners are able to recruit from their community by contacting organizations such as daycare facilities, churches, assisted living centers, social services centers, community centers, and clubs.
Will participants receive test results?
No. We are unable to provide scores or results. We use the information that we obtain to select items for the final version of the test and to determine the range of possible scores.
Will examiners and examinees receive compensation?
We do offer compensation, however, those amounts will vary by project.
How does the field research process work?
Once an examiner or site application has been completed, access is granted to the Field Research Portal and to the Examiner Hub, a website detailing information about current and upcoming projects. Examiners will select the projects they would like to participate in, then work with a Field Research Coordinator to recruit candidates, learn to use the Portal, and to manage project assignments.
All candidate information is entered into the Examiner’s Portal Account and will be reviewed by Project Coordinators who will select those who qualify, then assign them to specific assessments or a combination of validity and reliability tests. The Examiner may be required to participate in some training before administering any testing for a project, or before coordinating the completion of specific forms.
Before testing any candidates, a completed consent form is required. Examiners can securely email a Pearson-provided consent form via the Field Research Portal to adult participants or the parents/guardians of the participant.
Some tests are administered digitally while others are completed in a paper-and-pencil format. The assessments are often individually administered, while others may be completed by someone who knows the test candidate, such as a parent or teacher. Once an assignment is completed, data is reviewed to ensure that all administration rules were followed and to ensure that the data are usable.
I work with a site. Can they be paid?
Yes. If an examiner has established a relationship with a clinic, school, care facility, or a different type of organization, that organization may be eligible to apply as a site. A site provides examiners with access to their population to use as potential candidates for field testing, and these sites may be eligible for compensation.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
You can email us or call 1-800-233-5686. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.