Test Authoring, Banking, and Assembly

Castle’s test development is backed by our exclusive ADE platform.

Designed and built by Castle’s own professionals in the test development and delivery industry, the Agile Design Environment (ADE) provides an online, powerful platform for reliable, thoroughly documented, and legally defensible item and test development processes. This tool and its delivery system form a single integrated entity, so managing tests throughout development, delivery, and updates is a seamless process. This online system reduces travel expenses and alleviates the scheduling headaches of long in-person meetings by allowing a large pool of subject matter experts to write and review test items from anywhere with Internet access.

Once test items are developed, we bank and assemble exams per the test blueprint, update content as needed, and manage multiple versions and multiple languages of the content. Currently, ADE supports development of multiple-choice, multi-select, scenario or content sets, hot spot, drag-and-drop, drag-and-drop matching, short answer, essay, and text simulation question types. We continually evaluate item types for addition to the system.

ADE is:

  • User friendly: ADE allows both experienced and new users to perform tasks in a timely manner with minimal training. ADE provides valuable dashboards and reports for project management staff.
  • Secure: ADE applies role-based access technology, which allows Castle to specify the functions and test content that are accessible to each user. ADE is a secure, permission-based environment.
  • Configurable: ADE is designed to meet a wide range of test development processes and needs. Castle configures several areas of ADE to meet our client’s needs in development and maintenance.
  • Available 24/7: ADE delivers its services online so users can access it as needed.
  • Flexible: ADE offers many configurable business rules and workflows to provide flexibility, data and project management capabilities, and assurance that all items follow all steps of a defined process.
  • Engaging: ADE employs sophisticated design and superior usability to engage users, increase their satisfaction, increase user adherence, and improve the overall quality of client programs.