Basics of digital testing: prepare in just 7 steps

In recent times, conducting tests has changed dramatically. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was no longer possible to meet in large groups which had a major impact on testing and examination. Make sure you don’t have to deal with similar surprises anymore and that you are prepared for the future. Read more about the 7 basics of digital testing and how to prepare your organisation for digital testing anytime, anywhere!


1. Choose the speed that suits your organisation

If you choose for digitization, think carefully about how to how you are going to implement it. Of course an investment is required, but it is perfectly possible to opt for a phased approach. Choose, for example, for the digitizing of version exams in the first instance (this requires a minimum investment in question banks) and take them at fixed times. It is perfectly possible to start small and introduce digital testing in phases.

If you have already taken some steps or if you would prefer a complete transition to digital testing, download our checklist so that you do not forget anything.


2. Use suitable software

Look for software that has all the elements that are important for testing in your organisation. There is a lot on offer and certain parts of the testing process in your organisation may already have been automated. In that case, choose separate ‘supplementary’ modules in order to provide digital support for the entire process.

Note: Online learning is not enough.

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are widely used to facilitate distance learning. Recognising and valuing or certifying the knowledge gained, however, is a different story. This requires specific end-to-end testing software that covers the entire testing process and is scalable and stable at the same time. Moreover, you want to be able to run underlying analyses and have blind faith in the security of the system. Despite the fact that an LMS often offers the possibility of (formative) testing, a summative test imposes additional requirements.

Read more: Does a software-based testing system have added value compared to an LMS?

4. Online proctoring

Also keep in step with the times and make sure you are prepared for a possible new lockdown by facilitating proctoring at any time, any place. Online proctoring brings this way of testing with online remote supervision within easy reach. Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of online proctoring.

5. The importance of privacy

When it comes to testing in general, but specifically when it comes to online proctoring, privacy plays an important role. Make sure there are no surprises in this respect and prepare everything thoroughly. Be transparent and observe the GDPR guidelines


6. Be alert to fraud

As long as candidates can somehow benefit from fraud, it will remain an issue. Despite the rapid emergence of ever stricter security techniques, it pays to think about how to prevent exam fraud and how to act when fraud occurs.

7. You can do it!

Last but not least: don’t worry! There are many common myths about digital testing. Many people think that digital testing is expensive or that customized testing is not possible. It is simpler than you think! We have listed 9 myths about digital testing for you and will explain why they are incorrect.

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