IV.   System and Infrastructure Development:
The Center has spared no effort to succeed in developing and administering tests. Therefore, it started utilizing some new developed systems such as:
·Issuing test admit cards for female students: Field work teams had been formed for issuing smart cards for female students in their schools. The project covered most of the schools in the areas and provinces that hosted the test administration for the students. The approximate number of schools visited this year was (1,700) schools with (123,208) students. Only (25, 505) students had their national ID cards in the schools visited.  The project was implemented in two months in which (15,319) students received their smart cards from the test centers.
·Printing Test Booklets: Due to the big expansion in tests, the increase in test-takers and the availability of suitable venues, modern printing machines and technical teams, the Center was  able to meet the needs of the test centers by printing out nearly (1,640,000) booklets i.e. 37% more than the year before. In addition, it also printed out procedural handbooks.
·The project of developing the technical infrastructure of the Centre: This project included:
o   Upgrading and configuring the intranet to host the new high-technology systems for transferring data.
o   Connecting to the governmental integrative system "Yusr" and participating as a beneficiary and data provider.
o   Developing the HR, ERP and AX Project for the Center.
o    Signing the E-Training System agreement on 9th Sha'aban, 1432.
o   Developing the project of test registration management.
o   Signing the agreement of interactive messages (Short Code).
·        Computer-Based Tests: Based on the memorandum of understanding between Pearson Vu (which is an international leading corporation in the field of computer-based tests) and the Center, a computer-based test headquarters was established to accommodate 30 test takers. This computer-based test center is considered a prototype for the other centers Qiyas intends to establish across the Kingdom. The agreement also states that Qiyas can make use of Pearson Vu centers all over the world to administer its tests.
V.  Research and Statistical Studies:
·     Statistical Studies: The Center conducted statistical studies on all the tests administered last year. The descriptive properties had been investigated for each test as well as their reliability. All of the tests satisfied the international standards. The tests were also scrutinized in terms of difficulty and assessment.
·     Research Studies: The Center enlisted a group of academic and scientific research in its annual plan, some of which were:
1.     Studying the ways of test equating to choose the best way in terms of precision and ease of application.
2.     Investigating the attitudes of society towards the tests administered by the Center. This involves analyzing the contents of articles written about the Center throughout the year. It aims at identifying the attitudes towards the Center and its tests as well as pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of its relationship with society.
3.     Studying the relationship between the GAT and Achievement Tests and the American SAT tests. It is one of the studies that address the validity of the tests administered by the Center.
4.     Studying the relationship between STEP and EPT.
5.     Studying the relationship between Teacher Competency Test and GAT, General Aptitude Test and GPAs. This study aims at checking the validity of teacher tests.
The Center is done with conducting all the above-mentioned studies and will soon publish them on its website. 
VI.       Projects:
1.     Signing a contract with the Ministry of Higher Education for measuring the outcomes of seven engineering majors. This involved setting the standards and indicators to be measured and then writing the tests.
2.     Performing job analyses for governmental authorities and national companies and drafting standards for their majors such as:
                                                              i.      Standards for selecting religious police officers for the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
                                                            ii.      Professional standards and tests for selecting and assessing judges for the Supreme Council of Judiciary.
                                                          iii.      Standards for road traffic safety for Saudi Aramco.
VII.     Media Advisory Board:
To convey the right message about Qiyas and its tests, clarify Qiyas-related issues to the public, help the Center take the right actions towards the campaigns that overlooked the Center's noble aims, the Center formed a specialized committee concerned with media issues. The Media Advising Board is in charge of providing consulting services and support in terms of the relationships between beneficiaries and their guardians with the Center and using all the channels to communicate with society. It also works on assessing the different media plans, projects and programs.
VIII.  Symposiums, Conferences, Meetings and Exhibitions:
 


Throughout the past year, the Center held and participated in the following symposiums, conferences, meetings and exhibitions:
1.     A symposium on Professional Standards for Teachers: It was held under the patronage of the Minister of Education on 5th Dhul Qi'adah in the Intercontinental Hotel, Riyadh. It was organized in collaboration with Tatweer Project under the umbrella of Teacher Professional Standards and Assessment Tools Project. Among the participants were the Director of Assessment at the USA National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Executive Director of the Project of Professional Standards for New Teachers in Chile and other experts. More than (300) participants attended this symposium.
2.     A High School Gathering held in Jeddah on 25th Rabi I, 1432.
3.     A Webcast lecture on "Lessons in Test Security" given by Caveon Test Security held in USA on 12 Rabi II, 1432.
4.     An exhibition by the Ministry of Education in Riyadh from 14th to 17th Rabi II, 1432.
5.     The Third Annual Conference for the Educational Research Center held in Beirut on 20th Rabi II, 1432.
6.     A symposium entitled "Measurement and Society" held in the Center's headquarters in Riyadh on 24th Rabi II, 1432.
7.     Webcasting a conference held by the National American Association for Education Assessment in New Orleans, USA,  on the basis of writing tests for different levels.
8.     An Exhibition by the Ministry of Higher Education held in Riyadh from 15th to 18th Jumada I, 1432.
9.     A symposium entitled "Measurement and Society" held in AlJubail on 20thJumada I, 1432.
10.                         An open meeting with the Teachers College students held in Riyadh on 14th Jumada II, 1432.
11.                         The Third Meeting for Academic Consultations held in Effat University, Jeddah, on 14th Jumada II, 1432.
12.                         A symposium entitled "Measurement and Society" held in AlGhat on 15th Jumada II, 1432.
13.                         A lecture on tests and applications held in the headquarters of the Center in Riyadh on 22nd Sha'aban, 1432.
14.                         An exhibition and meeting of the gifted held in Salalah, Oman from 22ndto 26th Sha'aban, 1432.
15.                         A lecture on the Structure of Tests Measuring Verbal Ability in GAT held in the headquarters of the Center, Riyadh, on 24th Sha'aban, 1432.
16.                         A lecture on the basis of writing tests for different levels held in the headquarters of the Center, Riyadh, on 2nd Ramadan, 1432.
 

 
IX.              Visits:
 
 
The Center visited the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), which is the biggest institution concerned with tests and assessment in Australia, to discuss future cooperation. A meeting was held with the Consultant of the Teacher Test Project to discuss the first report of the framework of the teacher tests from 28th Jumada I to 2nd Jumada II, 1432.
The Center also made other visits and attended meetings to introduce or give presentation about the Center and its activities.
 
 X.    Workshops:

Throughout the past year, the Center held the following workshops:
1.       A workshop on assessing writing in the Arabic language tests for non-speakers of Arabic held in the Center's headquarters in Riyadh from 13th to 14th Jumada I, 1432. There were (12) participants.
2.       A workshop for writing teacher tests that was held in the Center's headquarters in Riyadh from 21st to 23rd Jumada I, 1432 with (53) participants.
3.       A workshop for writing the quantitative part of the GAT held from 14th to 15thJumada II, 1432. It was held in the Center's headquarters in Riyadh and the number of participants reached (22) participants.
4.       A hands-on workshop for the techniques of writing questions for reading comprehension (the verbal part) of the GAT that was held in the Center's headquarters in Riyadh from 17th to 18th of Shawwal, 1432. The number of participants was (9) experts.
5.       A workshop for refereeing the questions of teacher tests held in the Center with that participation of (44) participants from 21st to 23rd Shawwal, 1432.
6.       A workshop for teacher professional standards held in the headquarters of the Center from 6th to 7th Dhul Qia'dah, 1432. The number of participants was (120) participants.
 
XI.  Beneficiaries Services:
1.     Call and E-Mail Center: From 20th Safar to 30th Shawwal 1432,  the total number of phone calls answered was (158,312) calls. (523,177) callers were helped through IVRs.  The number of emails answered was (23,050) emails in addition to (3,200) faxes.
2.     Online Preparation and Training Project: Among the free services the Center provides to students to help them review the basics of language and mathematics, the Center will launch the online preparation and training project that will spare the students the useless courses given by institutions. The service will be available for users in Rabi II, 1433. This system will be the cornerstone for the other similar services the center will provide.
3.     Writing STEP Manual: This manual was written to train candidates on the level of difficulty of the test and the different questions included. The manual will be available for users in hard- and softcopies.
XII.            Strategic Plan:
To determine its priorities and future orientations for the next phase, the Center was aware of the need to draw up a strategic plan. In this regard, the Center entered into an agreement with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals as a consulting and supporting body. It also had another agreement with a national specialized consulting firm to develop its strategic plan and future orientations.
XIII.         Activating the Organizational Chart Approved by the Board of Directors:
When the Board of Directors had approved the new organizational chart in its last meeting, much effort was exerted to activate it. The following are some of the achievements:
·        Establishing new independent departments which enhanced the work flow and quality control.
·        Establishing supporting units  such as:
o   Quality and Follow-Up Unit
o   Project Management Unit
o   HR Unit
o   Consultation and Training Unit
·         Entering into an agreement with  a law firm to help the Center's Legal Consultant in preparing, editing and proofreading the following:
o   Reviewing the Center's systems, laws and regulations.
o   Reviewing a number of national and international agreements.
o   Protecting the intellectual property of the Center.
o   Reviewing all the memos and lawsuits filed by or against the Center.
o   Providing legal advice when needed.