Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2018 Conference on Test Security!

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If you are scheduled to present at COTS 2018, please click here to view important information.


Knowledge you can use

No matter your industry, you will find valuable content that is relevant to your area of expertise at COTS 2018. Learn about the latest research in testing from more than 50 educational sessions that are designed to facilitate open, honest discussions about protecting the validity of test results and brand integrity. By attending, you can learn how to: 


  • Build more secure tests,
  • Create a test security plan,
  • Implement policies and best practices,
  • Use statistics to detect examinees who may be cheating,
  • Convey security information and findings to stakeholders or courts of law,
  • And more!

Our presenters will share their expertise on many subjects, including statistical methods and applications for detecting test fraud, test security tools and methods for protecting the validity of test scores, and ways to develop and improve an organization’s test security program.

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You can look forward to these presentation formats during COTS 2018:

Standard Presentation

60 or 90-minute session with 3–5 presentations on related topics. Each presentation in the session will be 15–20 minutes long.

Coordinated Symposium 

Three to five separate research presentations, all focused on a common theme. One of the presentations may consist of a discussion, analysis, and/or contextualization of another session or sessions. All symposia will occupy either a 60 or 90-minute time slot.

Panel Presentation 

Two to five individuals discussing different aspects of a common theme with each other and the audience. All panel presentations will occupy either a 60 or 90-minute time slot.


60 or 90-minute session in which presenters demonstrate a technique or method related to a core aspect of test security.


A 1½-hour or 3½-hour deep dive into specific topics or key security resources, which provides attendees with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and collaborate with presenters and other attendees.

Facilitated Roundtable  

60 or 90-minute session that promotes networking and invites audience engagement around an important test security topic. Session will begin with a short, informal presentation to frame a conversation, followed by a free-flowing dialogue among audience members.

Poster Presentation

60-minute session to include multiple posters on various topics. Each presenter will prepare a poster to fit on a 4’ x 6’ poster board. Poster presentations are informal and involve one-on-one interactions with many attendees. 

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