Questionmark re-certified by HR-XML

john_smallPosted by John Kleeman

The HR-XML Consortium is an independent organization that develops standard XML specifications to allow easier communication between human resources-related (“HR”) systems. HR-XML specifications tend to be short and to the point and easy and practical to develop for, so HR-XML has got a lot of traction over the years as a good vehicle for communication between different HR software systems. Questionmark is pleased to be a member of HR-XML.

Happy Birthday to HR-XML! HR-XML is celebrating its 10th anniversary on 2nd October at a luncheon at the HR Technology Conference in Chicago.

Questionmark has supported HR-XML in Questionmark Perception since 2005 and been certified by HR-XML to validate our conformance. Our support consists of providing a web services API within QMWISe that exports a Questionmark assessment result in HR-XML format. This allows other systems that can read HR-XML to easily process assessment results.

The example piece of Perception HR-XML output below shows that Jane Smith has taken a Microsoft Office Skills Test and passed it with a score of 85%. The XML also includes her topic scores, the date she took the test and the Questionmark result ID in case more information is needed. It’s practical, short and can be read by a person as well as by a computer.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<AssessmentResult xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:xsd="" xmlns="">
<ClientId idOwner="Questionmark">
<IdValue name="LicenseID">41025000000000001437</IdValue>
<IdValue name="Participant">Jane Smith</IdValue>
<IdValue name="Assessment">Microsoft Office Skills Test</IdValue>
<IdValue name="ResultID">20438508</IdValue>
<Score type="percentile">85</Score>
<Comments> </Comments>
<Description>Microsoft Office\Word</Description>
<Score type="percentile">80</Score>
<Description>Microsoft Office\Powerpoint</Description>
<Score type="percentile">80</Score>
<Description>Microsoft Office\Excel</Description>
<Score type="percentile">100</Score>
<Description>Microsoft Office\Outlook</Description>
<Score type="percentile">80</Score>
<UserArea />

HR-XML Consortium certification specialists validate the structure and meaning of sample data in order to provide a certification. Information about certification and a list of certified vendors like Questionmark is available at Certified organizations need to re-certify every two years to ensure software still meets the standard.

I’m pleased to let you know that Questionmark has just completed its re-certification (see here for details). I’d encourage anyone looking for a simple assessment results exchange format to look at HR-XML because it’s simple, practical … and of course Questionmark supports it.

Results Management System Quiz: Test your knowledge!


Posted by Greg Pope

Organizations involved in medium and high-stakes testing must employ sound test development, administration and scoring processes to help ensure fair, reliable and valid assessments.

Knowledge Check

But despite everyone’s best efforts, there are times when it’s necessary to review and potentially modify test results to provide information and certificates that fairly reflect what was being measured.That’s where the Questionmark RMS, or Results
Management System comes in: It enables organizations to analyze, edit and publish assessment results in an informed and defensible way.

I have created a quiz on RMS to test your knowledge. Take assessment one and see how well you do. All the answers for the questions are available on the Questionmark web site, so if you study hard you can get a perfect score and impress your friends and colleagues.  Good luck!


Delivering Assessments Securely: What delivery environment is best?

Joan PhaupPosted by Joan Phaup

In a previous post I mentioned that the stakes of an assessment should drive decisions about delivery and security requirements.

Today I’d like to share this chart that can help you determine what delivery environment would be suitable for various types of assessments. The chart appears in our white paper, Delivering Assessments Safely and Securely, which offers many more details on this subject–the aim being to help you avoid incurring unnecessary costs while at the same time giving your assessments the security levels they require.

delivery method

Shared Question Sets in Questionmark Live


Posted by Jim Farrell

I’m amazed to see how far we have come with Questionmark Live in such a short period of time. Now we are delivering the much-anticipated Shared Question Sets (cue trumpets).

Shared Question Sets means exactly what it says…it allows you to share your question sets with other Questionmark Live users. Combine this feature with versioning and you are getting close to the perfect question authoring workflow tool. Watch the video below to see Part 1 of the Shared Question Set video series: How to Start Sharing Question Sets with your Subject Matter Experts!

Questionmark European Users Conference Now Underway

Joan Phaup

Posted by Joan Phaup

There’s plenty of excitement in Manchester, England, where the first general session of the EUconfphotoQuestionmark European Users Conference  brought delegates up to date with recent product releases and Questionmark’s Open Assessment Platform. Breakouts sessions this afternoon will be followed by dinner at Old Trafford, home of England’s famed Manchester United Football Club.


Tomorrow’s general session will explore the themes of E-assessment and Interoperability, Standards and Accessibility and another full program of breakout sessions including case studies, technical training, best practices and Product Central discussions where delegates share their insights with Questionmark product managers.

You can catch highlights from the general sessions via our Live Blog and/or follow the conference on Twitter.

Versioning and Revisions in Questionmark Live


Posted by Jim Farrell

 Questionmark Live now displays question versions and and gives you the ability to control the full version history of a question.  Watch the following video to see how you can view the revision history of a question, preview two questions side by side, run a detailed comparison of them and, if desired, roll back to a previous version. Many of the features that get released in Questionmark Live are steps toward a bigger goal and versioning is a good example — so stay tuned for the next big feature that builds on this one!