It will be no exaggeration to say that nowadays online testing systems have made a real revolution in learning. Namely, they helped to improve assessing the student’ knowledge. Now, tutors find it much easier to hold exams and follow the results and the progress of their students. There is no need anymore for the tutor to create a test oneself and write down the results into the register, and calculate the average grade. The existing systems for online testing help following the progress of every student and avoid complicated calculations. At the same time, tools for creating online tests get more understandable for both students and tutors.
Learning to create online tests is easy
Earlier, many tutors refused to hold online tests while creating each of them required considerable efforts and could turn into a really exhausting procedure. Some were afraid to reveal their lack of knowledge, the necessity to buy additional equipment, get their way through the HTML code or hire a programmer. At present, the test creation tools keep becoming so intuitively understandable that any tutor, even being a novice in e-learning, can easily create a wonderful online test for one’s course. What is convenient about all this is that lots of applications need no installation and work directly from a web browser, while mobile apps for online tests creation give a possibility of working even on the go.
Online testing saving time
Nowadays, a truly full base of questions can be prepared and saved for further use. There is no need to write a separate test for each course, as you can create an exam using the already existing questions from the base you have created or use a template that is easily adjustable for each next course. Moreover, automatic grade calculation system appears to be very useful. And the analytics is done so easily! With no effort, you can find out which of your students needs your help. Indeed, this will save you much time and nerves. Many systems allow users to choose a graphical design for their tests and automatically form personal certificates based on the results of the test taken.
Online tests are effective and reliable
Tests reliability becomes even more topical for the online courses. For the grade of each student to be an objective one, it is very important to eliminate the possibility of copying. Namely, for this purpose the online testing applications can use the methods that will prevent your students from sharing their answers. You can create numerous versions of the same test and answer variants. Offering over 6 detailed answer variants for each question would be effective.
Many online testing systems do not allow their users to copy the text from the dialog window. All of us know that in casework is done with the help of a computer, a student can simply copy the question and search for an answer to it on the Internet. Even taking into account that a question and an answer to it can be typed manually, you can limit the time required to provide an answer.
Disadvantages of online testing
According to the research, results of taking the tests are lower for the students that take them online in comparison to the students taking tests using paper and pens. Yet, this peculiarity is most likely caused by the fact that many people are simply not accustomed to such a form of knowledge assessment.
Choosing software for online testing
So, how can we decide on the application for online tests creation? Choosing the online testing software is pretty similar to selecting webinar software:
- Check the application available on the market. At first, you do not need to learn all options offered by each of applications – just have a look at the list of tools offered. If you use languages that are different from English, check whether the software supports your language.
- Now that you know what functions are available in different applications, create the list of those apps that are the most important ones for you.
- Compare different online offers. Assess only the parameters that are important to you and the absence of which would be a deal breaker when choosing the platform.
- Read reviews.
- Test several applications. Many of them offer free trial. Check how easy is the procedure of test creation and how you can pass it. For this purpose, you can make a small check between your students and learn their opinions. It is important that such tests are rather symbolic and do not influence the assessment of the actual knowledge.
Of course, it would be great if your webinar service or the e-learning application supported online testing. Managing such a course requires less hard work then, and all tests with their results are stored in one place. Yet, every course is individual, and online testing application should be selected depending on peculiarities of namely your educational course.
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