Welcome Messages

ITC Presidential Address



Dear Colleagues and Friends,


The ITC is an association of national psychological associations, test commissions, publishers and other organizations. It also has a large individual member base. Membership covers most of the Western and Eastern European Countries and NorthAmerica, as well as countries in the Middle and Far East, and South Africa. The ITC is committed to promoting effective testing and assessment policies and to the properdevelopment, evaluation and uses of educational and psychological instruments. The ITC facilitates exchanges of information among members and others; facilitates cooperation toward the solution of problems associated with test development and use; and in otherways explores issues related to the construction, distribution, and use of tests, scales, and other methods used to assess personal and group qualities. The biennial conference of the International Test Commission has now been for many years a premier event in the world of psychological and educational testing. Practitioners and researchers dedicated to testing and assessment, test developers, testing companies, test publishers, regulators and policy makers: we all come together once every two years to discuss important international, regional and national developments in testing and assessment, to share ideas and to contribute to the evolutions of tomorrow in this important domain of knowledge and practice. I am delighted to welcome you all to the 11th Conference of the ITC in July 2018, in Montreal, Canada - a vibrant, fascinating and multicultural city, which has so much to offer. Just before the ITC Conference, Montreal will host the 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology (June 26-30, 2018), and during the same period will also be host to the renowned jazz festival (June 28-July 7, 2018). The ITC conference will surely be the jewel in this intellectual cornucopia. Who could ask for more? We cordially invite you to register for your attendance at the ITC2018, which promises to be a fantastic scientific event - the highlight of the year in testing and assessment. I am looking forward to meeting you in Montreal in the summer of 2018!


Dragos Iliescu, ITC President



Welcome message from Nathalie Loye, Chair of the Organizing Committee



Dear colleagues,


I am very pleased to invite you to join us for the 11th Conference of the International Test Commission, which will be held in Montreal from July 2 to 5, 2018. You will love Montreal, there is no doubt about it! This major city combines European charm with the energy that is characteristic of North America, from its cutting-edge industries to its renowned art of living. During the summer season, it offers amazing sights and a night life that spreads out into the streets. That is why we chose to put the conference under the banner of music, with the Jazz Festival taking place in early July. This festival has existed for more than 30 years and has been named the world’s largest by Guinness World Records. Music enthusiasts will be delighted by this event. We have also decided that jazz should set the tone for the conference, as demonstrated by our chosen theme: On the beat of testing. Our scientific program is organized around four complementary sub-themes, which are as follows: a) Best practices in testing and assessment, b) Instruments and their validity, c) Effectiveness and efficiency including application in multicultural environments andd) Challenges, innovation and advances in technology. These sub-themes will be addressed in many ways, including by distinguished speakers and through innovative workshops. Diversity, a value Quebecers hold dear, is reflected by the range of speakers, their research and application fields, the issues they explore and the countries they come from to offer you an extremely rich program. The hotel that will host the participants is located in the heart of Montreal, close to the Jazz Festival, excellent restaurants, shops, numerous museums, the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal and a breathtaking view of the Saint Lawrence River from the Old Port. This exceptional location will let you enjoy a variety of activities in the city and explore Montreal’s unique multicultural atmosphere, a subtle mix of North American and European cultures. We have also kept in mind the early birds among you: they will be offered a 5 km run or a 3 km walk to experience the city in the early morning hours. My team and I look forward to welcoming a great number of you in Montreal for an exceptional conference in July 2018.


Message de bienvenue de Nathalie Loye, responsable de l'organisation du congrès

Chers collègues,


C’est avec un immense plaisir que je vous invite à vous joindre à nous pour la 11e édition de la Conférence de l’International Test Commission qui aura lieu du 2 au 5 juillet 2018 à Montréal. Aucun doute n’est possible, vous adorerez Montréal! Cette grande métropole combine le charme européen à l’énergie qui caractérise l’Amérique du Nord, des industries de pointe à un art de vivre reconnu. Pendant la saison estivale, elle offre des spectacles fascinants, une vie nocturne qui se déploie au fil des rues. C’est la raison pour laquelle nous avons choisi d’inscrire la conférence sous le signe de la musique puisque le Festival de jazz se tient début juillet. Ce festival existe depuis plus de 30 ans et a été consacré par le Guinness World Record comme le plus important de la planète. Les amoureux de la musique seront donc comblés et nous avons décidé que le jazz donnera le rythme à cette conférence comme en témoigne le thème choisi : On the beat of testing. Notre programme scientifique est organisé autour de 4 sous thèmes complémentaires et qui sont a) Best practices in testing and assessment, b) Instruments and their validity, c) Effectiveness and efficiency including application in multicultural environments et d) Challenges, innovation and advances in technology. Ces sous-thèmes seront abordés de multiples manières, notamment par des conférenciers de renom et dans des ateliers novateurs. La diversité si chère aux Québécois se reflète bien dans la variété des conférenciers, de leurs domaines de recherche et de pratique, des problématiques qu’ils explorent et des pays d’où ils arrivent pour vous proposer un programme d’une grande richesse. L’hôtel qui nous accueillera est situé en plein cœur de la ville de Montréal, à proximité des activités du Festival de jazz, des meilleurs restaurants, des boutiques, des nombreux Musées, des rues pavées du Vieux-Montréal et de la vue grandiose sur le fleuve Saint-Laurent depuis le Vieux-Port. Cette situation exceptionnelle vous permettra de profiter de multiples activités dans la ville, de vous plonger dans l’ambiance multiculturelle unique de Montréal située quelque part entre les cultures européenne et nord-américaine. Nous avons aussi pensé à ceux d’entre vous qui se lèvent tôt et leur proposons une course à pied de 5 km ou une marche de 3 km pour prendre le pouls de la ville au petit matin. Mon équipe et moi sommes impatients de vous accueillir en très grand nombre à Montréal pour une conférence hors du commun en juillet 2018.