SMT's Paper-Pencil Testing (PPT) network is
designed to provide maximum flexibility to our partner testing
centers, our clients, and the certification candidates. Test
sponsors (the organization owning the test) select a group
of testing sites based on the anticipated needs of their candidates.
Selected partner testing centers will be notified at least
three months before the testing date and asked to confirm
participation. Participating testing centers indicate the
maximum number of candidates at their location.
The test sponsor or SMT can handle the reservation process
using the information provided by each selected site. Candidates
choose a testing center from the selected group and make a
reservation. If a test center fills, SMT will either invite
a second site at that location or ask the participating testing
center if it can accommodate a larger group. Reservations
will close at least three weeks prior to the test date.
After reservations close, SMT will notify each participating
test center of the number of test candidates expected and
issue a roster. Two to three days prior to the exam date,
each test center will receive a shipment of test materials
by secure carrier. The test center coordinator will inventory
the shipment against the packing list and report any discrepancies.
The test center coordinator will maintain all test materials
securely until the test date.
Each test center in the SMT PPT test network will receive
a generic test administration manual describing procedures.
The examinee roster will include any brief information about
the specific exam, such as the materials test candidates may
bring to the test (if any).
On the day of testing, participating test center personnel
will check in all candidates and proctor the examination.
Following the exam, the test center coordinator will package
all test materials in containers provided by SMT and call
the designated secure carrier to arrange a pick-up, maintaining
the security of the materials until the pick-up.
When SMT receives the shipments of test materials, we will
log them in to ensure we got everything. SMT will then scan
and score the exams. Test center payment will be issued on
a monthly basis.
Clients will have access to reports through our secure, online
portal within five (5) business days after SMT receives all
testing materials for that administration.