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As an accredited school you know you need to assess how what you teach is improving each year and document this process – work that can take away from your professor’s precious time for teaching.  Using automatically prepared reports from a low-cost nationally normed test framed by the ACM-AIS Model Curriculum can simplify this process whether you are currently accredited or are in the process of accreditation.  The testing method is based on the IS2010 Model Curriculum.

The ICCP – a society of professional associations and its Center for Computing Education Research (CCER) have developed a nationally normed testing method (examination) for direct assessment of instructional programs. This assessment can assist you and the reports developed can help with the re-accreditation process of university programs for Information Systems.


How can ICCP Help you?

  • Save on costs– with tests already nationally normed you can assess your courses and specific learning units within a three and a half hour period.

  • Save on time– with the tests already prepared, tested and verified for statistical validity, you don’t need to do this on a course by course basis – you can do it during the four year program and/or at the end.

  • Save on Resources– doesn’t have to tie up a professors’ time with developing testing or creating reports.

  • Save on student and faculty feedback: Students and teachers know scores immediately upon completion of the test. External audited and automated process – provides less conflict within the school.

  • Save on Reporting: After testing we prepare reports on how the school and students did individually and how they compared to the national mean (average) – at the learning outcome level. You can then instantly report both on program outcomes as well as course level learning outcomes. Spreadsheets provided allow for further analysis or consolidation into college specific needs.

The ISA Test Consists of

  • Exam questions focused on learning units (LUs), that is, IS2010 Skills
  • Exam questions are Scenario-Based.
  • Exam questions are multiple choice.
  • Exam questions are based on the ACM-AIS 2010 Model Curriculum
  • Nationally administered & normed
  • Exam has both a long form and a short form
  • Long Form
    • Consists of 258 multiple-choice items
    • Two exams each with 129 items each part consisting of 105 minutes
    • Electronic timed delivery can be taken in one or two sessions
      • 3 and ˝ hour = one session
      • 1 hour and 45 minutes = two sessions
  • Short form
    • Consists of 110 multiple-choice questions
    • Two exams each with 55 items each part consisting of 45 minutes
    • Electronic timed delivery can be taken in one or two sessions
      • Ninety minutes = one session
      • 45 minutes = two sessions

  • 50% score qualifies for ISA Practitioner Certification from ICCP
  • 70% score contributes to ISA Mastery Certification from ICCP


Certification available for passing students

Upon passing the ICCP test the student is eligible to receive an ISA (information Systems analyst) certificate. Receiving the ISA certificate, from the ICCP, is just the beginning for many of your students who will go on to receive additional certifications to aid their careers and this will increase their visibility in the marketplace.

Research shows that certified graduates compete for better jobs, make more money, and receive recognition and promotion faster than their peers . . . and may even contribute more to University fundraisers.


Cost of ISA Program

From 1 to 100 students (maximum students per year)
  • $50 per student
  • Limit of $2,500 maximum per campus per year 
Over 101 students per year up to a maximum of 250 students
  • Cost is $20 per student  
  • (250 students = $2,500 + $20 x 150 students = $5,500 maximum per campus per year)
Over 251 students per year
  • Cost is $15 per student
  • (250 students = $2,500 + $20 x 150 students + 101 x $15 = $7015 maximum per campus per year)

* Deans are often willing to pay the annual fee or your Donors may be able to offset the costs of the program.