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Each of the tests in the Skill Certificate program include an objective assessment consisting of up to 80 questions. In addition, students must pass a performance assessment that is administered by their teacher prior to taking the test. Without passing the performance assessment at the 80% level, students will not qualify for a certificate regardless of their score on the objective portion of the assessment.



The state Career and Technical Education Testing Center administers the Skill Certificate program. Tests for the Skill Certificate program are designed to be taken at the end of a course.

Each district has test coordinators designated for each school. They assist teachers in how to administer the tests, maintain security, scoring and printing certificates. Teachers who administer the tests must read and agree to the terms of the Instructor Agreement located on the Precision Exams testing website —



List of Skills Certificate Tests



Standards and objectives have been developed for each course in the assessment system. Standards are broad statements by category of knowledge and skills that describe what students should be able to do. Objectives are sub-standards or competencies included within a standard. Test questions on the objective assessment are written to measure the attainment of an objective within a standard.



The standards and objectives for each assessment form the basis of all questions included in each test. Each test item is linked to a single standard and objective, which is used for scoring, reporting and program improvement purposes. Particular standards may be weighted more highly through the use of additional questions tied to that standard.



The performance assessment is a required component of the skill certificate program and is developed for each assessment. In order to receive a certificate, students must achieve an 80% on the written test and achieve a level of moderately to highly skilled on all performance objectives included in the performance. Like the objective assessment, each element within the performance assessment is tied to a standard and objective from the course.

Performance on this portion of the assessment will be completed in class and evaluated by the teacher. These performance assessments may be completed and evaluated at any time during the course. Students may be encouraged to repeat the objectives until they perform at the required moderately to highly skilled levels.

When a performance objective has been achieved at the minimum 80% level (moderately to highly skilled), it is documented by the teacher. All performance objectives must be completed and evaluated prior to the objective test.

The signed required performance documentation submitted to the state CTE Skill Certificate specialist by the school’s Career and Technical Education skill certificate testing coordinator at the end of the school year.



All assessments are scored by the online assessment system. If the student score on the objective portion is at an 80% level and has passed the performance assessment at an 80% level, a certificate will be awarded to that student.

Once tests have been scored, the CTE online assessment system will generate the following:

Teacher Report

Student Certificates


A substantial will be listed on reports for students attaining an 80% and above on the objective test and completing performance successfully. A sufficient will list students who have scored between 65-79%.

The teacher report will include the course ID number, course name, teacher name, number tested, number of certificates and the percentage. This report will include information about student performance on each standard, their total score, the performance assessment and whether a certificate was issued. The following table shows a sample of the report that teachers will receive.

Sample Report

Updated October 3, 2012

For additional information, contact
Skill Certificate Program
   Greg Richens, Specialist · Phone: 801-538-7853 · Fax: 801-538-7868
   Susan Loamanu, Support Staff · Phone: 801-538-7662 · Fax: 801-538-7868
   Utah State Office of Education
   Career and Technical Education
   250 East 500 South · PO Box 144200
   Salt Lake City, UT  84114-4200

Online Testing Technical Support
   Phone: 1-800-470-1215