In 1958, one of Florida's counties was accused of bias regarding whom they allowed to become contractors. They requested a professor at the University of Florida to create an objective trade examination. From that request grew the industry of out-sourced testing. Out-sourced testing has since become the standard way to develop and administer competency level examinations. The following benefits are derived by agencies and organizations that use out-sourced testing:
• The appearance of bias by officials is avoided.
• The expense of test development staff is hired.
• Improved quality through the help of professionals that concentrate on the testing industry.
• Resources can be focused on the task the agency was formed to handle, not on testing.
• Conflicts of interest are avoided.