ExamSoft Signed as Exclusive Testing Solutions Provider for El Centro College Nursing Program

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ExamSoft Technology Helps El Centro Securely Administer Tests and Track Learning Outcomes

ExamSoft not only offers a fully-secure and user-friendly testing system, but couples these benefits with in-depth reporting and longitudinal analysis that carries our capabilities to a whole new level,” said Joan Becker, Dean – Nursing Program, El Centro

ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc., a Dallas-based leader in secure, computer-based testing solutions, today announced that Dallas’ El Centro College has selected ExamSoft as the sole provider of computer-based testing solutions for its Nursing Program, beginning this fall semester. El Centro joins more than 250 higher education programs, nationally, who are utilizing ExamSoft’s breakthrough testing software to not only administer tests securely on student-owned laptops (as well as in computer labs), but also measure and evaluate learning outcomes for students.

As the use of personal laptops continues to transform the educational landscape, a great challenge faced by most schools has been securing these heavily utilized laptops so they can safely and effectively be used in the administering of tests. ExamSoft 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.

El Centro College will use ExamSoft to administer exams to the 700 students currently enrolled in its Licensed Vocational Nurse [LVN] program, Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse [LVN-RN] bridge program and its Associate Degree [AD] Nursing program. The software will be used at both in campus- and hospital-based testing centers. Currently, El Centro’s programs, which are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission and the Texas Board of Nursing, see an annual State board passing rate above 90%.

“We have tried a number of testing methods in the past and none offered the breadth and depth of functions, support tools or personal customer service available through ExamSoft,” said Joan Becker, Dean – Nursing Program, El Centro College. “We pride ourselves on the high quality of our program and strive to give our students and teachers access to the most advanced and effective resources available. ExamSoft not only offers a fully-secure and user-friendly testing system, but couples these benefits with in-depth reporting and longitudinal analysis that carries our capabilities to a whole new level.”

ExamSoft’s testing technology provides a simple means of administering exams through student-owned laptops, securely and reliably. The technology not only eliminates internet exposure during the exam itself, but also blocks access to all other applications and files on the test taker’s computer for complete testing security. ExamSoft also supports the entire testing process including exam design, administration, delivery, and scoring.

The use of ExamSoft’s computer-based testing solutions will enable the school to analyze and impact learning outcomes– the measure of how well a student is progressing through their curriculum. ExamSoft’s software provides extensive, detailed data to both faculty and students, which makes it possible to improve student results, teaching methods, curriculum design and even test design. This fits with El Centro’s ongoing efforts to weave technology into its program offerings.

Currently the school offers online courses for allied health and nursing. It also records all lectures and uploads course-specific pages on the school’s website for student use at a later time. The use of hybrid lecture methods and more interactive classroom settings, as well as the use of high fidelity mannequins for more effective hospital simulation are also features it has added to its courses.

“The growing integration of technology within the educational process is undeniable and ExamSoft’s unique solution offers the easiest, most secure and reliable way to fold test-taking into this evolution,” said David Schnabel, President of ExamSoft Worldwide. “El Centro’s program is a prime example of how schools are getting it right and using technology as a strategic resource, not just a tool in the educational process. Our software makes it easier to not only administer a test, but also build a test, examine test results and measure learning outcomes to create a stronger program overall.”

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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