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1. Attending conferences for non-NATO nations:
Non-NATO nations, willing to attend a BILC event (BILC Conference in spring or BILC Professional Seminar in autumn), should turn to ONE of the following NATO structures for endorsement: the Military Committee, the International Military Staff or the Allied Command Transformation.
2. Where should the STANAG 6001 testing function be in the organizational structure?
The STANAG 6001 testing function should be independent from the training system. Having a separate chain of command for the STANAG 6001 testing function ensures that the training system has a ‘watchdog’ who will take unbiased steps in order to offer the highest quality of testing services. When pressures or disagreements arise between the training and testing functions, animpartial and separate body will guarantee that the standards are respected. The testing staff’s independence and neutrality must be emphasized.
3. How many people should comprise a testing team?
There is no magic number. It depends on various factors, such as the number of people tested, the frequency of testing, and whether the members of the team are full time or parttime. In addition, the STANAG 6001 test team members may have other testing and testrelated duties. Most NATO/(Partner nation) STANAG 6001 testing teams have at least three members.
4. How many years should a STANAG 6001 certificate be valid?
During the panel discussion in June 2004 at the BILC Conference in Strasbourg, it was determined that, among the nations represented, STANAG 6001 test scores remain valid for 1 to 3 years. The panel unanimously agreed that this should be a national policy. Each nation has laws, procedures, or precedents for managing and reviewing test scores. However, all panel members concur that there should be a limit. Otherwise, examinees may be credited with a score that does not represent their true ability to perform tasks in the language. The 1-3 year range seems reasonable to the panel.
5. What are the national policies for permitting individuals to retest? If they are not successful in one or more skills, should they be retested in only those particular skills or all four skills?
Eight BILC member nations responded to these questions. All nations require a waiting period before allowing examinees to retake tests, ranging from 3 months to 1 year, usually only after additional language training. The nation were evenly split as to whether the candidates should be tested in all four skills or only those skills in which they were unsuccessful. These national policies were based on the volume of testing that nations can accomplish using available testing resources.
6. Should nations recognize STANAG 6001 certificates from other organizations or other nations?
Most NATO nations do not. They want to control the training of all test raters, including government employees and contract personnel who are required to meet national standards for awarding a STANAG 6001 level. These nations do not use test results from commercial firms for official assignment of proficiency.