The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute, more commonly known as NOCTI, develops and delivers standardized tests and assessments to students in career and technical programs in high school and college. The assessments are based on a job and task analysis process.
NOCTI originated in 1966 and was funded by a grant from the U.S. Commissioner of Education. It began offering only a teacher assessment meant to validate the knowledge of applying and current teachers, but in 1979, NOCTI expanded its reach to secondary and post-secondary student testing as well. These tests are known as SOCAT, which stands for student occupational competency assessment testing. As of 2014, NOCTI's standardized tests all meet national academic standards and are available online.