The definitive guide to online exams and assessments

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 cloud-based solution supporting the entire examination process, including planning, designing, delivering, invigilating, marking & annotating, sharing, and improving.

Accessible on all major platforms (PC, Mac, iOS, and Chromebook), Inspera Assessment is the industry-leading, 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 world-class educational institutions including universities, schools, awarding bodies, and governments. We help them transition from traditional exam papers to digital assessments. And, as we believe in democratising education worldwide, we are happy to share some of that knowledge.



Secure online assessments

Any quality assessment requires security mechanisms at every stage of the assessment process. When designing new test forms, item production can be streamlined through robust item banking. And, to minimise academic dishonesty and exposure, items can be automatically assembled through data-driven test construction features, such as linear-on-the-fly (LOFT) and adaptive testing, or random pulling of items.

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


Making online testing accessible for all your learners

E assessment tools can only be truly successful if we make their benefits available to everyone. While all operating systems have accessibility features, we optimise the 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 ensuring excellent support for screen readers, keyboard navigation, and braille keyboards.

Accessibility is more than technical WCAG compliance. Inspera Assessment also caters for individual access arrangements, with features to amend time for one or more learners before or during an exam or to enable spell-checker or Text-To-Speech for individual candidates.

Better insights with learning analytics

When we conduct assessments, we obtain statistical and behavioural data. From this information, we can learn as much about learners' mastery of a subject as about the quality of the assessment and of the questions that we use. 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.

Learning analytics is instrumental for any online exam software. We believe that educators, learners, professional item writers, and policymakers alike benefit from actionable, evidence-based insights about learner performance and test and question quality. Our learning analytics features give you the actionable insights that you need, for both Educators and Learners.

Improving efficiency with e-marking

One of the greatest benefits of transitioning from pen-and-paper to digital assessment comes right after the exam: smarter and more efficient marking. Marking is one of the most time-intensive and costly activities that educators engage with, for both formative and summative assessments. And, teachers are not alone in spending a lot of time on grading: organising a marking process in efficient and secure ways requires considerable organisational resources as well.

Inspera's new grading tool makes your marking process easier, fairer, more reliable, and faster. Flexible learner feedback is also of the utmost importance. Furthermore, facilitating discussion between markers online can save many hours of meetings and emails needed to resolve marking dilemmas or disagreements.

Protecting the integrity of your exams with plagiarism control

When we assess the ability of our learners, 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 these do 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 powerful digital monitoring toolbox, can ever guarantee a water-tight closed book exam.

Yet, with our dedicated plagiarism control toolset, 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.

Assessment technology standards

Standard compliance and open APIs ensure interoperability and a more integrated and customised assessment experience. Inspera Assessment Software-as-a-Service is built on international web and learning technology standards. This approach has several important advantages for Inspera users. These include improved access and identity management; excellent integrations with Student Information Systems and Learning Management Systems; easy import of items from external question banks; and the creation of a wealth of different question types using our dedicated Custom Interaction API.