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Guide to Online Exams and Assessments

Learn more about how to conduct online exams and assessments, and how Inspera Assessment can make your assessments accessible, secure, valid and reliable.

Inspera Assessment is a complete assessment platform to create, manage, deliver, invigilate, mark and report online tests. Accessible on all platforms (PC, Mac, iOS, and Chromebook), Inspera Assessment is the best-of-breed, go-to platform for both open and closed book exams, and meets regulatory requirements for accessible online testing. 

We have over a decade's worth of experience partnering with universities, schools, awarding bodies, and governments to help them transition to digital assessment. And, as we believe in democratising education worldwide, we are happy to share some of that knowledge.

Secure online assessments

Any quality assessment begins with proper security mechanisms in place. This is paramount at every stage of the assessment process. When creating new test forms for example, item production can be streamlined through robust item banking. And, to minimise cheating, items can be automatically assembled through advanced test delivery options, such as linear-on-the-fly (LOFT) and adaptive testing, or random pulling of answer options.

When delivering assessments, security is maintained through a lock-down browser that restricts access to local software and files, and only allows access to whitelisted (online) resources. Combined with physical invigilation and our digital monitoring toolbox, you'll be able to maintain the high standard of exam security that you need. 

Secure online testing

Making online testing accessible for all your learners

E-asssessment can only be truly successful if we make its benefits available to everyone. While all operating systems have accessibility features, we optimise use of these features by adopting an accessibility by design philosophy throughout our development process. In practice, accessibility-focused design means - among many other things - using semantic markup throughout, and ensure great support for screen readers, keyboard navigation, and braille keyboards.  

Accessible online testing

Better insights with advanced learning analytics

When we conduct assessments, we obtain a wealth of data. And, from this information we can learn as much about learners' mastery of a subject as about the questions that we administer to our learners. When we use this data in a smart way, we can become better question and test writers, speed up our learners' path to mastery, and improve the validity of our results. Our ability to generate these insights relies on the state-of-the-art from the psychometric literature, and to a great extent on our own research by our dedicated R&D team.

Learning Analytics

Protecting the integrity of your exams with plagiarism control

When we assess the ability of our leaners, we want to ensure that we get valid results. And, when the material they submit is not original - whether intentionally so or by accident - the integrity of our exams is compromised. 

Of all assessment forms, open book exams are perhaps most prone to plagiarism, as it does not restrict learners’ access to materials, information, and other aids. Learners are assessed on their ability to synthesise, interpret, collect, and systematically analyse information that is readily available. However, the work submitted must be original and this needs to be verified. 

Even though closed book exams carry a lower risk, plagiarism may still compromise the integrity of your exams in some cases. Text excerpts and ready-made responses can be brought into exams or shared in myriad ways. No controls, whether it is physical invigilation or our dedicated digital monitoring toolbox, can ever guarantee a water-tight closed book exam.

Yet, with our dedicated plagiarism control tool set, you are able to verify the originality of work regardless of the shape or form of your assessment with the plagiarism detection tool of your choosing. 

Plagiarism control