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Updated: December 17, 2009 20:12 IST

Computer analysis, psychometric expertise in CAT evaluation

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Students-Parents Association of India members burn an effigy of IIM administration in front of IIM Ahmedabad on Wednesday protesting against the failed Prometric CAT.
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Students-Parents Association of India members burn an effigy of IIM administration in front of IIM Ahmedabad on Wednesday protesting against the failed Prometric CAT.

American firm Prometric, conducting the computerised Common Admission Test (CAT) this year, on Thursday said computer analysis and application of psychometric expertise will be followed to evaluate the answers of the IIM aspirants.

“Prometric and the IIMs will be following industry standard procedures to evaluate the answers. This consists of a combination of computer analysis and the application of psychometric expertise to ensure fairness and validity of the test results,” Prometric (India) managing director Soumitra Roy said.

Psychometric is a standardised procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality of a candidate.

The firm has already said the answers have been not been affected by the virus attacks which disrupted the test from the beginning.

The firm said it is in the process of identifying candidates who have failed to appear in the test. “We will contact them to reschedule the examination,” Mr. Roy said.

He said over 2.15 lakh candidates have successfully completed the 2009 CAT test. Nearly 2.41 lakh candidates had registered for the test.

The CAT committee on Thursday said about 24,000 students did not show up for the test. Another 2,000 candidates, who were rescheduled from the first testing window, are still to take their tests.

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