The Buros audit program provides evaluations of the psychometric quality of proprietary testing programs. The full two-stage program includes a general audit of processes and procedures employed by the testing program (Stage One) and a focused evaluation of specific tests within the testing program (Stage Two). Some programs choose to participate in only Stage One, which constitutes the audit phase.
A Buros audit offers testing programs an opportunity for proprietary testing programs to have an independent agency review their policies and procedures to ensure they are maintaining a standard of quality as measured by the testing industry. The Buros audit review is based on the Buros Standards for Proprietary Testing, which were developed based on guidelines from the testing community. Specifically, the Buros Standards included guidance provided by the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, jointly published in 1999 by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), and the Guidelines for Computer Based Testing, published in 2000 by the International Test Commission (ITC). At the end of each phase of the audit, Buros will provide the testing program with evidence of adherence to the Buros Standards and ways in which the policies or procedures could be modified or improved to meet the expectations of the professional community.
As a result of participating in an independent audit, testing programs can promote their commitment to quality as evidenced by the external review. Testing programs that receive Buros accreditation are able to market their testing programs as meeting accepted testing standards. Buros is also able to provide expert witness testimony on behalf of an accredited testing program that experiences a legal challenge.