National Testing Service (NTS)-Pakistan was established in July 2002 in response to an expressed need for a testing service in the National Education Policy and the Information Technology Policy of Government of Pakistan. It’s headquarter is working in Islamabad. NTS administers academic performance evaluation tests. It is building standards in educational and professional testing. NTS was developed to provide national scale for comparative grading between institutes and to ensure quality educational standards in Pakistan. NTS exams are also used to determine qualifications of students seeking advanced study abroad. NTS conducts and offers both standard and abbreviated paper based test (PBT) and computer based tests (CBT).
NTS is working as a Not-for-Profit Company. It is self-sustaining and autonomous organization which works under the directions of the Board of Directors of NTS. NTS offers two main types of tests, The National Aptitude Test (NAT) and The Graduate Assessment Test (GAT). NAT is aimed at students seeking admissions to colleges and universities. (GAT) is aimed at graduates seeking admissions to postgraduate education. NTS has conducted tests and assessments in various disciplines for educational, assessments, recruitment and promotions. NTS Tests are recognized and accepted nationally and internationally. They enabled thousands of Pakistani students to pursue Post-graduation to PhD on scholarships in Universities of Australia, Canada, China, Europe and USA.
NTS is a member of the International Association for Educational Assessment. Their mission is to provide advance quality and equality in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services. Their products and services measure knowledge and skills, promote learning and performance, and support education and professional development for all people in Pakistan. NTS professional offers consulting services, teachers’ training, capacity building, technical assistance and other solutions to institutions.
NTS network reflects fourteen years of success in operation. Over this period, being a leading testing assessment organization of Pakistan. NTS has supplemented more service divisions through innovating and exploring new avenues for improving testing and assessment system throughout Pakistan. NTS works with education institutions, businesses and government to conduct research and develop assessment programs that provide meaningful information. It develops, administers and scores 300,000 tests in 68 different cities of Pakistan. Their assessments, research and customized products and services are designed to improve teaching and learning, expand opportunities for learners and communities, inform education and policy, and advance the field of educational measurement.
NTS is now playing a pivotal role in promoting merit and quality education at college and university level. Following its core values, NTS always strives for excellence and ensures quality, reliability, accuracy and most significantly credibility of entire system in a transparent manner under strict security arrangements. NTS tests and assessments are now pre-requisite of many prime public and private sector engineering, medical colleges, universities and institutions for admissions. It also conducts assessments tests for recruitment in public and private organization.
Different types of assessments that are conducted by NTS - National Testing Service for different purpose are as follows:
- NAT-National Aptitude Test
- For admissions in NTS associated Universities.
- GAT-Graduate Assessment Test (General)
- For the awards by HEC and Ministry of Education Scholarships.
- GAT-Graduate Assessment Test (Subject)
- For admissions in PhD programs in all universities of Pakistan.
- English proficiency test.
- Test of English for international communication for beginners.
Test of English for international communication to read, listen, speak and write in the global workplace.
Besides above mentioned categories, they also conduct test for recruitment in government and private sector universities and colleges. NTS jobs tests are conducted in order to assess the competency of candidates for recruitment purposes. Their objective is to undertake research on educational, professional and testing system to identify the prevailing academic and operational gaps in the systems. They build capacities of the educational and professional individuals and institutions by professional certification through testing and assessments. They produce and disseminate information and research on education and professional development standards.
As the Pakistan’s largest private educational testing and measurement organization, NTS always strives for excellence in all its endeavors to improve systems and procedures and issues that attribute to the traditional testing services. They work very closely with their clients at every step of the assessment process, from conception through administration, scoring and score reporting. NTS uses most modern technologies for developing test items, building test Databank, paper generation, test conduction and compilation of results.