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6 Benefits of Computer Based Assessment

Mar 14, 2022

Paper-based assessment are quickly becoming outdated with more organisations using computer-based systems for assessing the competency of their people.

What is computer-based assessment?

Quite simply, its candidates sitting their assessment on a computer and answering questions on a screen.

But it is so much more than that!

It’s an entire ecosystem of question banks which contain questions all tied to a syllabus reference, which are then drawn into an intricately crafted assessment template to perfectly generate an assessment that consistently and rigorously tests candidate competency.

1. Auto marking creates instant results

Every question, regardless of whether it’s a multi-choice, multi-select, or fill-in-the-gaps question, only has one answer. The automated marking rubric will instantly identify the correct answer, meaning candidates receive their result as soon as they finish the assessment.

2. Randomised questions make every assessment unique

Assessment templates are intricately crafted to ensure each area of the syllabus is assessed. We highly recommend having multiple questions for every syllabus reference meaning that each syllabus area has a relevant random question generated for each assessment. This creates a powerful, unique assessment where no candidate ever has the exact same questions.

Randomised questions also prevent over-exposure and distribution of assessment questions and answers. Even if a candidate captures all the questions in their assessment, it has very limited value for cheaters as the next candidate will never receive the exact same assessment.

3. Feedback so candidates know their knowledge gaps

While the content of assessment questions should never be distributed, we highly recommend providing candidates with auto-generated feedback on the syllabus references for each question they answered incorrectly. This provides candidates with a learning plan of subject areas that require further study.

It is a simple way of helping candidates self-learn without compromising assessment integrity.

4. Securely attach reference material

Many assessments contain supplementary reference material such as images, charts, and documents. These can be securely attached to the question so they can only be accessed on-screen, removing the risk of confidential reference material from being distributed and the assessment becoming compromised.

Computer-based assessments also opens the door for digital media, such as videos, to be used as reference material.

5. Lots of data makes moderation easy

The computer-based assessment ecosystem captures lots and lots of data, making it easy to pinpoint underperforming questions that lead to poor competency assessment.

These questions can be batched up into an automated moderation process where your experts digitally receive questions requiring revision.

With an in-built versioning system, only the highest quality questions are used during live assessments, eliminating the risk of poor questions falling through the cracks.

6. No paper saves the trees

It is horrendous to imagine just how much paper is printed for assessments across the world. Transition to computer-based assessments - save the trees!

Contact us to learn more

If your assessments are manually printed and your question banks live in clunky spreadsheets, contact Aspeq to enquire about transitioning to our computer-based assessment system.

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