PAPSET Overview

The Postgraduate Award of Proficiency in Standardised Educational Testing (PAPSET) is a new qualification, equipping professionals to oversee and carry out standardised testing in an educational establishment.


Every school, college, or local authority needs a team member who is qualified to oversee and use tests to understand both individual and group strengths/weaknesses, in order to establish appropriate interventions.

Include-ed has partnered with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors to offer this postgraduate qualification, tailored to the needs of professionals using psychometric assessments in the educational arena. The CIEA, a professional membership organisation incorporated by royal charter, was established to improve standards in educational assessment. This gives them particular expertise and authority in the validation of qualifications for educational professionals. CIEA members include teachers, examiners, school and college leaders, academics, awarding organisations and people responsible for professional development in diverse sectors. Graduates of the PAPSET qualification will have the option of becoming CIEA members. You can read more about the CIEA here.

Course Content

Understanding the Principles of Psychometric Testing

  • Structured training, using video or face to face presentations (depending upon chosen mode of delivery), explaining the underlying principles of psychometric testing. The training also demonstrates how these principles are applied in popular educational tests.
  • Assignments, comprising a mix of practical tasks, online questionnaires, essays and data analysis. Whichever delivery option is selected, PAPSET students will be allocated a personal assessor/tutor, who will provide support (including tutorials where necessary) and mark assignments.

Course Delivery Options

The PAPSET has various modes of delivery. For full details CLICK HERE


The complete course content delivered through online videos. Available all year at any location with good internet.

PAPSET Intensive

The course content delivered in an intensive 2 day block, followed by a live interactive webinar supporting you with assignments, with access to our Online Learning Environment for additional information and training. Please note, that for as long as the government advice is to socially distance, we will be offering each PAPSET Intensive day as a live webinar with the facility to interact with the course tutor. Prices will be adjusted to reflect this change.

PAPSET Bespoke

For regional or academy groups (minimum of 8 participants), the PAPSET Intensive option delivered at a venue of your choice.

Course authors

The PAPSET course was written and developed by Caroline Read (BA, PGCE, OCR Dipl SpLD, APC), Lia Castiglione (BEd, OCR Dipl SpLD, APC) and Emma Smith (BA, PGCE, PAPAA, Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice). All are experienced practitioners who have worked in the field of assessment for many years. Working together they have used their individual expertise to design a course which is both practical and underpinned by sound academic principles.

Introductory Video

Please click below to watch a video introducing the PAPSET Course.

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