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Thank you for your support during Hurricane Irma

The staff at PAR are so touched! So many Customers have reached out to offer support as we recover from Hurricane Irma. Although it looked like PAR would be directly in the eye of the storm, we were so fortunate that by the time the storm got to us, it was much weaker than we anticipated. We were so very fortunate that our staff was safe and no one’s home sustained major damage. It is times like now where we realize how privileged we are to have such a wonderful Customers and such a strong PAR family.

 

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Have you visited the PAR Training Portal recently?

There is so much to learn on the PAR Training Portal! Designed with your valuable time in mind, the content on the portal gives you a quick way to become acquainted with select PAR assessments. Whether you become more knowledgeable about a test you know and use or you preview an instrument you are considering purchasing, the PAR Training Portal is a free, on-demand resource available 24/7.

Here are five things you should know about the PAR Training Portal:

  1. You can watch the whole course or skip to the parts you are most interested in! Each interactive course offers a course topics menu on the left-hand side of the screen that allows you to navigate to any page within the course. You don’t need to watch every screen and can select the parts that are most important for your needs. Arrows allow you to move to the next page or previous page in the course.
  2. There are many types of offerings! In addition to interactive courses, there are also recorded Webinars, supplemental materials, author videos, and notifications of upcoming live events and sessions!
  3. We are always adding new material! If you haven’t visited in a while, there is so much to see! We are always updating and adding new content.
  4. All courses are free… and you can watch them as many times as you want! Sometimes you just need a refresher on the finer points of an assessment. Stop by the portal for a quick reminder of what you need to know.
  5. The PAR Training Portal is a great way to train an individual or a whole staff! Many schools have used the portal to train all the individuals in their group. It’s an efficient and cost-effective solution for training.

Visit www.parinc.com/training today for FREE training!

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PAR’s UPP is helping educators help students

PAR is committed to supporting the valuable work instructors do in educating students on the most up-to-date, research-based assessment tools available. As a part of that commitment, we created the University Partnership Program (UPP).

The UPP is PAR’s free concierge service for universities. The program is dedicated to assisting instructors and their students as they pursue advanced degrees.

When a university joins the UPP, they receive a dedicated UPP Specialist who serves as their single point of contact. This Specialist will serve as their gateway to all the advantages the UPP has to offer. This includes features such as complimentary assessment tools, discounts for students and professors, and product-focused presentations that can be used to guide instruction.

The UPP takes on tasks that can give instructors time—time that can be invested in students.

Focused on providing support, the UPP features eight essential elements that we refer to as The Circle of Support. To see the full list of advantages that the UPP offers, please refer to this infographic.

To learn more or to join the UPP, call our UPP Specialists at 1.866.727.2884 or send an e-mail to upp@parinc.com.

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PARiConnect saves you time and money

PARiConnect, our online assessment platform, takes the work out of paperwork. You can easily administer, quickly score, and safely save and store assessment files online from any computer or device. Handling files and paperwork are no longer necessary.

There are even more advantages:
•When you purchase assessment products through PARiConnect, you pay no shipping and handling fees. That’s additional savings for you on top of no subscription or licensing fees.
•PARiConnect gives you immediate access to your assessment products. No more waiting for materials to arrive—you can start using your products right away!

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Now available on PARiConnect: The Academic Achievement Battery™ (AAB™)

Now it’s even easier to measure basic reading, math, spelling, and reading comprehension skills quickly and reliably. The AAB is now available for scoring via PARiConnect, our online portal.

The new AAB is ideal for use in educational, research, or clinical settings to confidently evaluate achievement in just 15 to 30 minutes to get an accurate overview of an individual’s educational skills. After entering scores from a paper-and-pencil assessment, PARiConnect produces a Score Report that provides scale and composite scores, including percentiles, stanines, and confidence intervals. Score discrepancies between subtests and the Total Academic Achievement Battery are provided, along with significance levels. A qualitative analysis and a skills analysis summary are also provided in the report.

A Reliable Change Report can be generated if you have administered the AAB to the same individual more than one time.

Developed using academic standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of English, Common Core, and Reading First, the AAB is the newest member of this family of products. A Comprehensive Form, which offers a complete evaluation of academic skills, and a Screening Form, which offers a fundamental evaluation of reading, math, spelling, and writing skills, are also available.

For value and simplicity, you can’t beat the AAB on PARiConnect!

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Earn CEUs on PAR assessments on demand!

You can now earn CEU credits on select PAR assessments through our partnership with the Global Institute of Forensic Research (GIFR). These on-demand courses are available through the GIFR Web site. Continuing education credits are available from more than 150 state, provincial, and national boards to support professional licensure and license renewal. Trainings are delivered by the authors or developers of each respective instrument or by a certified trainer, giving you extra insight into the measure.

Currently, the following courses are available, with many more coming soon:

  • Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth™ (SAVRY™)
  • Miller Forensic Assessment of Symptoms Test™ (M-FAST™)
  • Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms, 2nd Edition (SIRS-2)
  • Personality Assessment Inventory® (PAI®) Training for Forensic Evaluators

Don’t miss this opportunity to earn CEUs and learn about these instruments from the authors themselves!

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Visit PAR at APA 2017!

PAR is looking forward to seeing you this week at the American Psychological Association’s 125th Annual Convention.

Make sure to stop by and visit us in booth #322 while you’re there—we’ll have some of our newest product samples and lots of other great things to show you! Plus, you could win an AAB or RIAS-2 kit! Just drop your business card in the drawing box. We’re choosing one winner at random per day.

All orders placed at the PAR booth during APA receive 15% off plus free U.S. ground shipping!

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

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With PAR’s new Web site, reordering will be a snap!

We are hard at work on a brand new http://www4.parinc.com/ experience! Visit us later this summer, and it will be even easier to reorder your favorite products. Simply log in, and we will show you your recent orders and allow you to quickly restock your inventory and get back to what you do best–helping people!

This is just one of the many improvements you will find on our new site. If you have any questions, please visit our overview blog.

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Same SDS Web site, new experience!

The online experience of the Self-Directed Search (SDS) is now in line with the recently updated and revised StandardSDS and StudentSDS print materials.

The new SDS Web site, which launched this week, features a look and feel that brings a contemporary touch to the gold-standard instrument for career assessment. It features interactive graphics, intuitive navigation, and a more user-friendly experience.

Since it was released in 1971, the SDS has helped millions of people find jobs that match their personality. The SDS is based on Dr. John Holland’s theory, known as the RIASEC theory, that both people and working environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.

The theory is based on the idea that if your personality type (SDS Summary Code) matches your work environment type (Holland Occupational Code), you are more likely to find job fulfillment and career satisfaction. So if you are looking for a job, want a career change, or are searching for a program of study, knowing more about what types of potential careers fit your personality will greatly improve your search.

After completing the 20-minute online assessment, users will receive one of three reports based on their demographics and job history: The StandardSDS, StudentSDS, or VeteranSDS. All feature the user’s Summary Code along with a list of occupations and programs of study based on that code, a list of occupations based on the user’s daydream occupations, an overview of salary data, and links to resources to assist with educational and career planning.

The new reports allow users to sort and filter their occupational and educational results, providing a more customized user experience.

Visit http://www.self-directed-search.com/ to learn more!

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The MMSE-2 is now on the Training Portal!

Whether you’re a long-time user of the MMSE-2 or you are considering your first purchase of the Mini-Mental State Examination, 2nd Edition™ (MMSE®-2™), now you can view a free,  on-demand training course to learn more about this assessment!

The MMSE-2 allows you to quickly screen for cognitive impairment in individuals 18 to 100 years of age.

This free, interactive course will give you a quick overview of the product, explain what makes it unique, discuss the updates made in this edition, and provide insight into how it was developed. And, best of all, the Training Portal is always available, so you can learn more on your schedule.

To access the Training Portal, use your parinc.com username and password to log in. Don’t have a free account? Register now.

Training courses are also available on the Vocabulary Assessment Scales™ (VAS™), the Test of General Reasoning Ability™ (TOGRA™), the Reynolds Adaptable Intelligence Test™ (RAIT™), the Academic Achievement Battery™ (AAB™), the Child and Adolescent Memory Profile™ (ChAMP™), the Feifer Assessment of Reading™ (FAR™), and many more!

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