Computer-based tests entail a radical change in India’s education sector

The digital tornado and technological advancements have had a magnanimous impact on our lives. Everything is simpler and more robust than ever. In the wake of this revolution, almost every single process is going paperless: banking, bills, newspaper, assessments and what not. It has permeated almost all the spheres of our life, including the way we take exams.

The traditional method of examination has been replaced with computer-based tests. The latter being more advanced, offers a multitude of convenience to the examiners, organizers as well as the students. It helps in mitigating the common issues pertaining to ‘exam-leak’ and ‘cheating’. The conspiratorial arc that deals with the presence of human element and rogue agent in test taking systems has strongly declined with computerized testing. A number of prestigious academic examinations including CAT, GMAT, GRE, among others, have moved from paper-based test to computer-based exams.

The versatile format of computer-based tests helps organizers in creating randomized exams that actually engage test-takers far more than paper exams. Also, these tests come with a supplementary option of adding videos, images, sound clips, PDFs to enrich the content. The use of multimedia makes a test inclusive for all types of test-takers, especially the visual learners and differently-abled people. They also help in streamlining the tests with proper synchronization of examination across all the test centers.Scrapping the computer-based system would entail benefits to the corrupt education junta in the country.

As a matter of fact, the techno-savvy youngsters these days make use of bizarre devices to cheat in exams. It significantly reduces the quality of a test, making the test results less reliable and valid. To counter this, a number of testing and assessment companies like Prometric, strive to nab those who resort to cheat in exams. The idea is simple, beating technology with technology.

Prometric,a globally-recognized leader in high-stakes test development and delivery,has incorporated the latest security considerations and recommendations to conduct computer-based testing. It employs high standard of technology to ensure that the exams are conducted in a sanctified manner.

The company has implemented a comprehensive identity management solution, including electronic identification document verification coupled with a biometric fingertip scan and digital photo. The solution helps in ensuring the highest level of security during the exams as the candidate is required to enter his/her login details, followed by the biometric test. Also, the process of data collection is carried out not only during exam check-in procedures but throughout the duration of test. The company verifies the credentials of the examinee against a centralized data of previous examinee records.Further reinforcing its cybersecurity defenses, Prometric even became a member of Center for Internet Security (CIS) Security Benchmarks.

Certainly, the extensive benefits of computer-based tests reflect their potential efficacy in bolstering the current education system and its credibility. This robust transition will broaden the horizon of India’s education sector.

Mohit Upadhyay
About Mohit Upadhyay (29 Articles)
An Educationist by profession and a learning enthusiast by inclination, Mohit puts a sprite in education reporting by bringing editorial pieces and articles on the issues that matter. He also is a keen reporter of changes in the education market, both in terms of the ground-level changes and future outlooks.

1 Comment on Computer-based tests entail a radical change in India’s education sector

  1. This change is very important in the Indian Education sector. Computer based tests are best option.


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