Analytics, big data ensure that cheaters never win

With SAS® Analytics, Castle Worldwide boosts integrity of certification, licensure exams

Even the most rigorous professional certification exams may be vulnerable to cheaters seeking shortcuts to getting hired, retained or promoted. Castle Worldwide guards the integrity of the exams it administers using SAS® Analytics, the emerging standard to ensure validity of test results. Cheating your way through licensure or certification testing is tougher than ever as analytics sifts through big data, spots anomalies and establishes evidence to thwart and expose cheaters.

Castle develops and administers certification and licensure examinations for national and international clients in health care, construction, retail services, IT hardware and software, government and a myriad of other industries. By using big data analytics effectively, this midsize business earned a big reputation for excellence.

“SAS provides important efficiencies, helping us develop, deliver, assess and report on high-stakes exams,” said Robert Pedigo, Vice President of Client Services at Castle. “With SAS Office Analytics for Midsize Business, we access, manipulate and analyze data, and then visually present information as business maps, charts, plots and 3-D relationship graphs. We’ve reduced a process that once took days into mere minutes. We’re helping clients make better, faster decisions using capabilities that only large enterprises could afford in the past.”

Ensuring valid results

Castle’s commitment to quality gives honest test takers a fair shake and helps protect the public against unqualified practitioners. Each new examination version must be designed to maintain a consistent standard of difficulty. SAS Analytics software helps ensure tests are fair, valid and reliable. Only then does the company report on each candidate’s exam success.

SAS also helps Castle meet emerging client needs. The American Council for Exercise (ACE) uses Castle to certify fitness professionals. “The shift in our candidates’ preference from traditional paper-and-pencil testing to online testing happened more quickly than we anticipated,” said Todd Galati, ACE Director of Credentialing. “Castle was able to meet the convenience needs of our candidates while maintaining exam integrity. This has been of great value to ACE and to our expanding pool of candidates, who mostly prefer to take exams online.”

Preparing employees for excellence

Castle believes in certification. The company requires its own enterprise programmers to earn SAS Certification. SAS training prepares them to perform a wide range of custom work. With more than 25 years in the certification and licensure industry, Castle Worldwide has a reputation for excellence providing test program design, test development, test delivery, and custom learning solutions to trade and professional associations, businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies.

“When new clients hear we’re using SAS, they are satisfied,” added Pedigo. “SAS is the world’s most recognized and respected name in analytics. This is a point of assurance and comfort for our clients and for us. No matter what’s needed, we’re always ready because SAS is fit for the task.”

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 70,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.

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