ExamSoft Launches Next Generation System for Exam Development

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Collaborative Online Item Banking Tool Simplifies the Item and Exam Creation Process, Centralizes Valuable Psychometric Data, and Delivers a Robust Set of New Capabilities

Over the years, ExamSoft has demonstrated their ability to adapt their software as the technology landscape has changed.

ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc., a leader in secure, computer-based testing solutions, today announced a new generation of SofTeach, its online item banking and exam building tool, which is used by hundreds of academic institutions and licensing bodies, worldwide. ExamSoft built a new, online version of SofTeach to enable easy remote access, faculty collaboration, rapid enhancement options, and exciting new features such as audio/video exam components, multiple attachment functionality, and customizable item and exam reporting.

ExamSoft’s software and technology support the entire testing process, including exam creation, administration, delivery, and scoring. SofTeach serves as the test creation and administration portal, enabling users to easily develop, store, manage, and share items or exams. Unlike other programs, SofTeach makes it possible to categorize or tag test questions in virtually limitless ways, and assemble them into exams based on specific attributes, such as subject matter, competency, cognitive process, or even previous performance. With this system, ExamSoft makes it possible for clients to generate detailed,longitudinal assessments of student performance, and real-time learning outcomes measurement.

ExamSoft has a long track record of close cooperation with its clients, and responsiveness to their product related requests. The new software was designed in very close collaboration with many of its clients, who specified key requirements, prioritized new features, and provided usability feedback. With their assistance, the new SofTeach delivers innovations including:

Easy Exam Creation – a highly refined user interface facilitates exam blueprinting by enabling the addition of items to the exams by multiple and specific criteria, including categories and psychometric values.

Customized Reporting – item and exam performance can be analyzed at an individual or aggregate level, by user-defined parameters.

Multiple Attachments – each exam supports the inclusion of multiple files including PDF’s, images, other document types, and now audio and video.

Audio and Video – The ability to attach multiple files, including audio and video clips, to exams offers a more comprehensive testing experience. For example, users can now attach an audio or video clip of a patient’s heart beat or patient history to a test to use as reference points throughout the exam. ExamSoft’s unique exam delivery system makes audio/video practical, without slowing down the exam session or limiting the number of simultaneous exam takers.

“SofTeach will add new dimensions to the way we deliver tests by enabling professors to create truly distinctive exams and evaluate each test at a more granular level,” said Paulus Djajapranata, University of California Davis School of Medicine. “Incorporating audio and video capabilities will give our program a way to go beyond traditional test questions to offer a unique, interactive experience that gauges a student’s ability to apply what he or she has learned using visual and auditory cues.”

Results related to new items and exams, built or managed in SofTeach, will be incorporated into ExamSoft’s already extensive testing analysis and evaluation of learning outcomes – the measure of how well a student is progressing through their curriculum. ExamSoft will continue to provide detailed data to both faculty and students, to give them the power to improve individual learning, remediation, test design, and even curricular design. ExamSoft’s clients are using the software to drive learning outcomes, which are associated with improved student retention, and of course, program accreditation.

ExamSoft’s testing technology provides a simple means of administering exams through any computer, including student-owned laptops, securely and reliably. During the exam, the Internet is completely blocked, eliminating concerns over WiFi/internet reliability and security vulnerability. ExamSoft prevents access to all other applications and files on the test taker’s computer, ensuring a completely secure testing environment. The addition of ExamSoft’s multi-attachment functionality offers exam designers tremendous flexibility, while keeping users safe from connectivity and security issues.

“We were one of ExamSoft’s first academic clients, and we chose them for their dedication to quality software, personal approach to support, and willingness to be flexible for our program,” said Paulus Djajapranata, University of California Davis School of Medicine. “Over the years, ExamSoft has demonstrated their ability to adapt their software as the technology landscape has changed. We are looking forward to many of the new features included in the new version of SofTeach.”

ExamSoft makes it possible to leverage one of the largest, untapped technology resources on campus, with a solution that is secure, reliable and time-proven. The company has successfully administered more than 5 million laptop-based exams, including over 1 million bar exams and 4 million exams to other educational and certification institutions.

“Our latest release of SofTeach is the culmination of our continued close collaboration with customers and our passion to provide testing solutions that are the most easy, secure, reliable way to manage exams and drive learning outcomes,” said David Schnabel, President of ExamSoft Worldwide. “Recent studies have indicated that students want more communication from professors and that personalized communication from professors has a material effect on student performance. Our new platform makes it possible for us to innovate at a remarkable pace, and our coming enhancements will be focused on helping faculty generate powerful student impact – with ease.”

About ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.

ExamSoft offers a market-leading, turnkey solution for mid- and high-stakes computer-based testing. Its software suite makes exam creation, delivery, scoring and analysis an easy and reliable process. ExamSoft has served the testing needs of prominent academic, certification, and licensing institutions for more than 13 years. In that time, it has successfully administered millions of exams with a flexible product and unparalleled client support. Further information is available at http://www.examsoft.com.


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