Standard (Static) Proficiency Test Design
Digital Only: $200 / Printed and Digital: $275
Declared Double Blind Proficiency Test Design
Digital Only: $350 / Printed and Digital: $380
Description: Included in each test will be digital photographs of unknown fingerprints/palm prints and high-resolution scans of known suspect print cards. The Buyer has the option of purchasing the test as Digital Only (USB containing digital unknown images and high-resolution scans of known print cards) or Printed and Digital (USB plus the entire test printed). Participants will be tested on their ability to identify or eliminate the contributor(s) to the unknown latent prints and palm prints.
Summer 2017 Fingerprint Identification Proficiency Test
Distribution: week of August 7, 2017
Answer Submission Deadline: November 6, 2017
Winter 2018 Fingerprint Identification Proficiency Test
Purchase Deadline: November 1, 2017
Please contact Forensic Assurance for late purchase information.
Distribution: week of February 5, 2018
Answer Submission Deadline: May 7, 2018
Summer 2018 Fingerprint Identification Proficiency Test
Purchase Deadline: May 1, 2018
Distribution: week of August 6, 2018
Answer Submission Deadline: November 5, 2018
Standard Proficiency Test Design: Each forensic practitioner will receive the same test samples as others in their laboratory, with the correct answers being the same. The test will be comprised of some of the same proficiency testing items used in the declared double blind test design, and the samples that are used will be different for every testing cycle. The static proficiency tests will have the same purchase deadlines, distribution dates and answer submission deadlines as the declared double blind test designs.
Declared Double Blind Test Design: Each forensic practitioner will receive a test composed of randomly selected unknown and/or known proficiency testing items, with the correct answers being specific to each test. Participants will be unable to gain information regarding the answers to their test through discussions with others participating in the same testing cycle, or with those administering the test. These blind elements are incorporated into the design of our tests to reduce the effects of bias on testing results. Forensic Assurance proficiency tests are declared (the participant knows that they are taking a test).