Education Technology

What is an Online Test?

Online tests are used to measure the knowledge of the participants on a given topic online. With online tests students can do the test in their own time, with their own device, regardless of where they live. You only need a browser and an internet connection.

How Online Testing systems work

The teacher or course builder creates an account with an exam builder. In such an exam system you can create questions and add them to the exam. You can choose between multiple choice questions or free text questions. The students are provided with a link to the online exam, they sign up and can take the exam. They see the results immediately afterwards.

Where is Online Testing used?

Online testing is used by teachers, schools, trainers and companies. As a rule, the aim is to test knowledge and skills. For teachers and schools, it is about the content of the school material, for trainers, for example, about imparted knowledge on the subject of sales techniques. Companies can test various learning contents such as the use of software or the handling of complaints by means of online testing. Such tests can take place in the training room or from home.

In practice, Google, for example, uses online testing to certify Google Ads specialists. Most language schools use digital language placement tests to place language students in the right courses. Large companies with branches use online testing for learning success control and for internal controlling. For example, the retail company "COOP Pronto" uses eduGames for training and for learning success control at its more than 300 gas station stores.

Advantages of Online Testing

The benefits of online tests are welcomed by both the exam candidates themselves, and for the organization providing the test. The types of benefits gained will depend on the test software used, but one overriding positive outcome is that organizations greatly reduce the administrative burden of organizing and running exams. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are 12 key benefits of online tests to consider:

1. Reduced Administrative Burden

Organizations greatly reduce the administrative burden of organizing and running exams when it moves online. Printing and circulating exams on paper and organizing shipments of completed scripts to markers is a time-consuming and costly process.

2. Quicker to Mark and Issue Results

It is much quicker to mark online and candidates welcome receiving results quickly. With auto-scorable questions, results are available immediately if wished.

3. Collaborative Question Authoring

Working online makes it easier for the examining body to manage all the tasks involved in creating exams. For example, authoring questions can be done collaboratively, with clear workflows for review and approval of questions before they are added to the question bank.

4. Automated Test Assembly Tools

Once there is an approved bank of questions, exam papers can be created easily by selecting questions or by using automated tools to create automatic and randomized papers.

5. On-Screen Marking Tools

Marking and moderating exam results is streamlined, secure and standardized when it is managed online.

6. It’s More Environmentally Friendly

It’s more environmentally friendly – with less paper, printing and transport used overall.

7. Scalable with Worldwide Reach

With online tests, examining bodies can offer exams to candidates located over greater geographical areas, as they are not restricted to offering exams in physical test centers.

8. Increased Security

Another benefit of online assessment is greater security, as all exam papers, candidate details, marks and results are digitally stored. In addition, only the people who should be able to access exam information can be granted the appropriate system access. It is much harder to control access, storage and results management with paper-based exams.

9. Flexibility to Take Exams Anywhere

Remote invigilation, or online proctoring, gives candidates the ability to sit a secure and invigilated exam from the comfort of their home, which is less stressful, and saves time and money going to a test center.

10. Cost Effectiveness

Online tests are more cost effective, due to the vast reduction in administrative time managing the whole exam creation, delivery and marking processes.

11. Tests that are Accessible to All

When you run tests online, it is easier to adapt those tests for candidates who have disabilities, such as changing font size, background color etc. It is also easier to add extra time for candidates who need special considerations.