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Become A Rater

Would you like to become an Assessment Center Rater?

The Indiana University Northwest Assessment Center calls upon experienced business people to observe student performance and provide feedback on specific skills. We enlist the help of those with executive, managerial, human resources, or employee recruitment experience.

As a Rater, you will watch videotapes or read Word files created by students involved in a work-related role play. You will take notes of their behavior and then complete a structured assessment instrument. All of this is done online so you can complete the evaluations at your convenience. Although most Raters will assess around 20 students per semester, with each assessment taking around 30-45 minutes, how many students you assess is entirely up to you and your availability. You will complete an online training program before you begin assessing students.

We provide the student a feedback report containing comments from all of the Raters who assessed that student. We also use Rater scores for research purposes. Because we will be obtaining research information from you, federal law requires you to sign an Informed Consent Statement prior to participating in the Assessment Center. If you would like to become a Rater, please read the following consent form, complete the required fields, and submit this form. An Assessment Center staff member will contact you.

IRB Study #2011-012
IRB Study #2011-014


Assessment Center

You are invited to participate in a research study of skill performance and the impact of Assessment Center feedback on student skill development. You were selected as a possible subject because you are a business professional with experience in management, recruitment, or human resources, or are an Industrial-Organizational Psychology graduate student. We ask that you read this form and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to be in the study.

The study is being conducted by Jana Szostek, Director of the IU Northwest Assessment Center. It is funded by the Assessment Center, which is funded by IU Northwest.


The purpose of this study is to research various aspects of skill performance and to determine what effect the Assessment Center feedback has on student skill development.


If you agree to participate, you will be one of about 30 subjects who will be participating in this research this year by rating files of about 200 Assessment Center participants.


If you agree to be in the study, you will do the following things:

  • Allow us to use the Assessment Center data that you submit for the Assessment Center participants for research purposes, which requires no action on your part beyond signing this consent.


There are no foreseeable risks associated with this project. Your individual identity will not be included in the research study. However, if you feel uncomfortable having your data included in the study, you can withdraw from the study at any point.


There are no direct benefits to taking part in the study.


An alternative to participating in the study is to choose not to become a rater.


Efforts will be made to keep your personal information confidential. We cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality. Your personal information may be disclosed if required by law. Your identity will be held in confidence in reports in which the study may be published and databases in which results may be stored.

Organizations that may inspect and/or copy your research records for quality assurance and data analysis include groups such as the study investigator and his/her research associates, the IUB Institutional Review Board or its designees, the study sponsor, and (as allowed by law) state or federal agencies, specifically the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if applicable,, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) [for research funded or supported by NIH], etc., who may need to access your medical and/or research records.


You will not receive payment for taking part in this study, but may receive payment for rating files. You will be able to choose between one of three Rater categories.

  1. Virtual Rater. As a Virtual Rater, you agree to rate up to ten files per week, to rate assigned files within one week of having them assigned to you, and to submit satisfactory assessments. You will do all of your work online and will not be expected to come to campus. You will be paid $5.00 per file rated.
  2. Voluntary Virtual Rater. As a Voluntary Virtual Rater, you would assist Assessment Center participants by providing timely, satisfactory feedback, but you would be doing so for the sake of helping and would waive payment. You would not have the strict timelines or output requirements of the Virtual Rater position.
  3. Actor-Rater. As an Actor-Rater, you would come to campus and proctor an Assessment Center scenario. This involves reading instructions, operating the video camera, and playing the role of the person the Assessment Center participant is meeting with. After the role play, you will complete a computerized assessment instrument designed to give the participant feedback on his or her performance. You must commit to being on campus during very specific times, to completing your assessments before you leave for the day, and to submitting satisfactory assessments.


For questions about the study or a research-related injury, contact the researcher Jana Szostek at (219) 980-6910.

For questions about your rights as a research participant or to discuss problems, complaints or concerns about a research study, or to obtain information, or offer input, contact the IUB Human Subjects office, Lindenwood Hall 326 or at


Taking part in this study is voluntary. You may choose not to take part or may leave the study at any time. Leaving the study will not result in any penalty or loss of benefits to which you are entitled. Your decision whether or not to participate in this study will not affect your current or future relations with the investigator.


In consideration of all of the above, I give my consent to participate in this research study.

I will print a copy of this informed consent document to keep for my records. I agree to take part in this study.

Please select the appropriate statement below, signifying whether you want to participate or do not want to participate in the study. When you submit this form, the information you indicate here will be downloaded by the researcher into a database and maintained there.

I agree to take part in this study. I want my Assessment Center data included in this research study.

I do not want to participate in this study. I do not want my Assessment Center data included in this research study.

I opt for the Virtual Rater position and expect to be paid for my services.
I opt for the Voluntary Virtual Rater position and waive payment for my services.
I opt for the Actor-Rater position and expect to be paid for my services.

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Please print this page for your records before submitting the form. Thank you!

Consent form date: August 5, 2011