Best Practices When Switching to Online Testing
The testing landscape has changed, with more organizations choosing to offer online options. Remote testing allows test-takers the ability and flexibility to test at their convenience from anywhere in the world. When incorporating online solutions into your testing program, it’s best to take some things into consideration. These include:
1. Test drivers
Determine which test driver will work best for your testing program. That way, publishing exams will be more efficient, and test-takers will have an easier time transitioning to online testing. If you will be using a hybrid approach for your exams, ensure that your test driver and its functionalities are compatible with both methods. To simplify the process, Examity has credible partners whose test drivers are capable of delivering in-person or online proctored exams, so test administrators can choose which route they want to go through without doubling their work.
2. Levels of security
Will your testing program include lower-stakes exams, higher-stakes exams, or both? Examity’s solution is highly flexible, giving you the ability to choose the security level that best fits your testing needs, all on an exam-by-exam basis. So, you can use both automated and live solutions for your tests, through a single integration with Examity. Take into account the levels of functionality as well. Consider what test-takers will need to use for identity verification, such as their driver’s license, or if they’re allowed to take bathroom breaks. With Examity, the choice is entirely yours, and rules can be changed at any time.
3. Costs of remote testing
Take the costs of remote testing into consideration. There is a significant difference between delivering your exams at testing centers compared to online, and online exams are usually more cost-effective. First, understand the costs and cost differences between in-person and online exams. Once you have determined that, you can identify who will be paying for the exams, as well as who will be covering the costs of the exams. Will the test-taker pay the difference, or will your organization or institution?
4. Test-taker and organizational needs
And, most importantly, recognizing what your test-takers, and your organization or institution, need to achieve a successful testing experience is key. For instance, are your test-takers nontraditional learners who require flexible testing options? Are they tech-savvy, and don’t want to download unknown software onto their computers? At Examity, we’re focused on creating a positive test-taking experience. This includes offering 24/7 scheduling and test-taker support to fit every test-taker’s needs. And, our solution is completely in-browser, with no downloadable software required to test with us. For test administrators, our client success managers are there to support and assist you, every step of the way.
It’s useful to take all of these factors into consideration when incorporating online testing options into your program. If you’re eager to start using Examity for your online exams, contact us today.
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