Basics for digital assessment (Prepare in just 7 steps)

In recent times, the method of testing has changed dramatically. Make sure you never have any surprises by preparing for the future as best you can. Prepare your organization, in just 7 steps, to test digitally anytime, anywhere.


1. Choose the speed that suits your organization

If you make the choice to digitize think carefully about how. Of course, digitization requires an investment, but it’s fine to take a phased approach. For example, initially choose to digitize version exams (this requires minimal investment in question banks) and administer them at set times. It’s fine to start small and introduce digital assessment in phases.

If you have already taken some steps or prefer a complete transition to digital assessment immediately download our checklist to not forget anything.


2. Provide appropriate software

Look for software that has all the elements that are important for assessment within your organization. There are many offerings and perhaps some parts of the assessment process within your organization are already automated. In that case, choose separate “complementary” modules to digitally support the complete process.

Note: You are not there with online learning

Learning management systems (LMS) are widely used that allow remote study to be designed quite easily. Recognizing and valuing or certifying knowledge gained, however, is another story. This requires specific end-to-end assessment software that covers the entire testing process while being scalable and stable. In addition, you want the ability to run underlying analytics and have blind faith in the security of the system. Despite the fact that an LMS often allows for (formative) testing, a summative test has additional requirements. Also read about the comparison of an LMS and assessment system.


3. Create the optimal assessment experience

Make sure you have an eye for ease of use, security and reliability. In this way, testing is and remains an enjoyable activity for all concerned. Optimally arrange all elements with creativity and flexibility, from taking (for the candidate), development (for the test developer) to assessment (for the corrector).

4. Online proctoring

Also, move with the times and be prepared for any new lockdown by facilitating examinations anytime, anywhere. With online proctoring, this method of test-taking with remote online supervision comes within reach. Read more about why and the pros and cons of online proctoring.

5. Pay attention to privacy

When it comes to examination in general, but specifically in online proctoring, privacy plays an important role. Make sure there are no surprises in this area either and prepare everything well. Be transparent and adhere to AVG guidelines.


6. Be alert to fraud

As long as candidates have an interest in it, fraud will continue to be an issue. Even though security techniques are rapidly following one another, it pays to think about how to prevent exam fraud and how to act when a fraud occurs.

7. You can do it!

Last but not least, don’t worry! There are common myths about digital assessment. For example, many people think that digital assessment is expensive or that customization is not an option. It’s simpler than you think! We have listed 9 myths about digital assessment for you and explain why they are false.


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