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Digital testing: Innovation in a traditional world

Digital testing: Innovation in a traditional world

In this dynamic world, professional growth and development are increasingly important. Worldwide developments are going faster and faster. Not only in technology, but also in legislation and regulations. As an organisation, how do you ensure that employees continue to develop in this constantly changing landscape? As a partner in digital testing, Optimum Assessment has a clear picture of this. There is always room for professional development and personal growth. Wherever you are in your career. CEO Martin van den Berge outlines the world of testing, digitisation and examination.

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Strong need for testing

“We have noticed that especially in the business market there is a strong need for testing on the subject of legislation. Companies have to comply with more and more guidelines and have to be able to demonstrate that they are actively working on them,” says Van den Berge. “The GDPR is a good example, this legislation is changing quite a bit in the way personal data may be handled. For example, after an application round you may only retain CVs for a certain period of time. But are the employees involved aware of this? Organisations must be able to demonstrate this. Testing is a good tool for that. It provides insight into the level of knowledge and at the same time you demonstrate that you actively keeping everyone informed.”

“We have developed Optimum Sprint specifically for this business market. It is an accessible software solution with which you can test easily, quickly and practically. This gives you a clear picture of the level of knowledge and insight of your employees.”

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From paper to digital

“Our field of work, the world of testing and examination, is generally quite conventional and takes a wait-and-see approach to new developments.This traditional component is reflected, for example, in public education. There, many tests are still taken with pen and paper. While now and in the future entire generations are growing up with telephone and iPad, schools are lagging behind.

There are logical reasons for this; it takes a lot of time to build up a digital test. It also takes time to learn to work with such a solution. And teachers already have a very high workload. But in the end, digital testing saves a lot of time and improves the quality of the exams.”

“Private education has already adopted digitisation to a much greater extent. Apart from the fact that more resources are available there, they also have more to do with short-term training that often takes place remotely. That is why digitisation of tests is a much more logical step for that sector.”

Innovation

“We believe in the power of innovation. But in order to implement those innovative solutions, there must first be a good breeding ground. That is why we work with focus groups. There we discuss new developments with our customers and gauge their needs. We also run pilots of new products with these focus groups. On the basis of this pilot and feedback from our customers, we can improve the product so that we can bring a thoroughly tested product to the market. This is also how we will roll out our completely renewed premium Optimum Assessment Platform. Various examination institutes are already working with this innovative system.”

“A good example of an innovative solution in the testing world is the use of artificial intelligence to prevent fraud. For example, we recognise candidates on the basis of their biometric characteristics. The supervisor receives a notification when the use of the keyboard is recognised and therefore someone has apparently already taken the exam once before. The system recognises that person A took the test earlier and that he is therefore not person B, who he claims to be. This makes it more difficult to take a test in the name of someone else.”

Future-proof

“The possibility of undisturbed testing is also a good example of innovation. We often hear that a digital test is interrupted because the Internet connection is not working properly. This is not only frustrating for the candidate, it can also mean that exams have to be rescheduled. To prevent this, we have looked for a solution that allows exams to continue even if the connection is lost. This is especially interesting for areas where the Internet is not yet very stable.”

“The world is rapidly digitizing. We notice that more and more organisations are making the transition from paper to digital. With good advice, expert guidance and a future-proof testing platform, it is possible to continue testing in a responsible, secure manner. It’s only a matter of time before the testing world is completely digital.”


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