Paradigm and Isograd Launch Remote Proctored Certification Course Solutions for Microsoft Office Applications and Digital Literacy

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Paradigm and Isograd’s TOSA® certification courses and remote proctored exams give students flexibility to achieve certification from the safety and convenience of their own homes.

Job seekers and professionals who possess certification are more likely to get hired and increase their earnings.

Paradigm Education Solutions, a leader in educational technology, has enhanced its partnership with Isograd, a worldwide provider of digital skills assessment and certification. Together, Paradigm and Isograd offer online course solutions and TOSA® remote proctored certifications for Microsoft Office applications and digital literacy. Complete course instruction, assessments and certification exams are delivered online, giving learners flexibility to earn in-demand credentials anywhere, anytime.

“Job seekers and professionals who possess certification are more likely to get hired and increase their earnings. TOSA® certification courses and remote proctoring give learners a more flexible and accessible online solution to achieve certification and gain the competitive edge needed to succeed in their careers,” said Linda Ganster, vice president of Paradigm.

TOSA® certification courses are seamlessly integrated into Cirrus™, Paradigm’s cloud-based learning environment that is accessible anytime, anywhere from PCs, Macs and Chromebooks. No installations are required, which allows students to easily access complete courseware within minutes. Cirrus is the only training and assessment system that lets students work live in Microsoft applications, giving them the most authentic learning experience.

Students using Paradigm’s TOSA® certification course solutions will:

  •     take a TOSA® pre-assessment to evaluate their digital competencies.
  •     develop and practice their skills through course instruction and automatically graded learning activities.
  •     complete a TOSA® post-assessment to test their comprehension.
  •     take the TOSA® certification exam.

TOSA® remote proctored certifications are recorded and results are validated by a third-party proctor and an Isograd proctor within 72 hours of exam completion, at which point the diploma is sent via email. The certification score can be displayed on an individual’s resume and LinkedIn profile and verified online on Isograd’s website by potential employers.

“Isograd began offering remote proctoring services for TOSA® certifications in 2015 to provide easy access for administrators and students and increase flexibility. These services even the playing field by allowing all candidates to test at a time that is most convenient for them, as opposed to scheduling within the proctor’s availability,” said Mathieu Lillo, chief executive officer of Isograd North America. “The secure portal verifies the student’s identification and records three different video/audio feeds during the exam which are then reviewed through a two-step validation process to limit opportunities for cheating and maintain exam integrity.”

To learn more about TOSA® certification courses and remote proctoring, visit To request an interview or demo, contact Lara McLellan, vice president of marketing at Paradigm, at or (651) 215-7615.

About Paradigm Education Solutions

As a division of Kendall Hunt, Paradigm is a leading provider of educational technology solutions that prepare traditional and post-traditional students to achieve the requisite digital literacy skills and career knowledge needed to enter the workforce, reskill, upskill and succeed as professionals. With a focus on contextualized, competency-based learning, Paradigm’s digitally driven solutions are flexible and adaptive to give students the power to learn anytime, anywhere. Visit to learn more.

About Isograd

Isograd provides TOSA® (Test On Software Applications), the internationally recognized standard in digital skills assessment and certification. TOSA® covers:

  •     Microsoft Office (Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and VBA for Excel)
  •     Digital literacy (DigComp)
  •     Adobe Creative Cloud
  •     Programming languages (PHP, Java, C# and HML5)

More than 7,000 training centers, schools, universities and corporate employers across more than 50 countries use Isograd’s unique and innovative technology. For more information, visit

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