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Ensuring objectivity and impartiality during examinations

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body

College of DENTAL TECHNOLOGISTS of Ontario

College of DENTAL TECHNOLOGISTS of Ontario


This practice is of interest to regulators that conduct examinations and/or monitor examinations of qualifications assessment agencies.

The College of Dental Technologists of Ontario (CDTO) uses:

  • a blind approach for marking all exams (Names are not used, and each applicant is assigned a number.)

  • a conflict-of-interest process (For example, markers are not present in the room during any exam.)

  • carefully selected markers

  • a marking guide

  • a consistent approach to orienting applicants, markers and exam supervisors about the CDTO's expectations and protocols

  • a process to log applicants` concerns during the administration of the exam to ensure markers are well informed

  • a peer review approach for marking practical exams (Three members in a team evaluate projects independently. If they disagree, another three-member team marks the exam to double check the results. )

  • on-site presence of CDTO staff during exams to ensure exam procedures are followed

  • outside, independent review of the exam after it is administered

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to ensure adherence to published criteria, policies and procedures.
  • Helps to ensure quality of qualifications assessment decisions. Assessment tools and processes measure what they intend to measure and yield consistent results.
  • Helps to improve communication with applicants.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants better understand assessment of qualifications process and results of assessment.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Assessment of Qualifications
  • Objectivity

Profession's Membership Size

Small (fewer than 2,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 13, 2013