Get tips for combatting test fraud

Chloe MendoncaPosted by Chloe Mendonca

There is a lot of research to support the fact that stepping up investment in learning, training and certification is critical to professional success. A projection from the Institute for Public Policy Research states that ‘between 2012 and 2022, over one-third of all jobs will be created in high-skilled occupations’. This growing need for high-skilled jobs is resulting in a rapid increase in professional qualifications and certifications.

Businesses are recognising the need to invest in skills, spending some £49 billion in 2011 alone on training [figures taken from CBI on skills] — and assessments are a big part of this. They have become widely adopted in helping to evaluate the competence, performance and potential of employees and job candidates. In many industries such as healthcare, life sciences and manufacturing, the stakes are high. Life, limb and livelihood are on the line, so delivering such assessments safely and securely is vital.

Sadly, many studies show that the higher the stakes of an assessment, the higher the potential and motivation to commit test fraud. We see many examples of content theft, impersonation and cheating in the news, so what steps can be taken to mitigate security risks?? What impact do emerging trends such as online remote proctoring have on certification programs? How can you use item banking, secure delivery apps and reporting tools to enhance the defensibility of your assessments?

This October, Questionmark will deliver breakfast briefings in two UK cities, providing the answers to these questions. The briefings will include presentations and discussions on the tools and practices that can be used to create and deliver secure high-stakes tests and exams.

These briefings, due to take place in London and Edinburgh, will be ideal for learning, training and compliance professionals who are using or thinking about using assessments. We invite you to find out more and register for one of these events:


UK Briefings Update: Join us for discussions on assessment security

UKBChloe MendoncaPosted by Chloe Mendonca

Last week in London, we held the first of our three UK breakfast briefings taking place this summer.

In case you haven’t attended a breakfast briefing before, these events involve a morning of networking, best practice tips and live demonstrations of the newest assessment technologies.

Last week at our London briefing we received some great feedback about some of our latest features, including new capabilities within Questionmark Live and customised reporting using the Results API.

Our next two briefings will take place on Tuesday 17th June in London and Wednesday 18th June in Edinburgh. They will focus on some of the latest assessment security technologies that make it possible to administer high-stakes tests anywhere in the world.

ProctorU President Don Kassner, will begin by explaining the basics of online invigilation and discuss proven strategies for alleviating the testing centre burden. Then Che Osborne, Questionmark’s VP of sales, will discuss methods you can use to protect your valuable assessment content and test results.

Each briefing will include a complimentary breakfast at 8.45 a.m. followed by presentations and discussions until about 12:30 p.m.

We hope you will be able to attend one of the sessions.

Questionmark training courses scheduled in US & UK

Headshot JuliePosted by Julie Delazyn

Do you want to quickly and easily learn to create, deliver and analyze the results of Questionmark assessments? Sign up for a hands-on 3-day courses taught by an expert trainer who will help you create professional looking surveys, quizzes, tests and exams right from the start. By the end of course you will have a solid working knowledge of Questionmark’s major components and features.

Learn to:

  • Create questions, topics and assessments
  • Add feedback to questions
  • Create participant accounts
  • Schedule assessments
  • Get acquainted with reports and analytics

Registration is now open for these open enrollment courses:

In the US:

  • August 6 – 8 in San Francisco, CA
  • October 1 – 3 in Washington, DC

In the UK:

  • July 16 – 18 in London

Seats are limited, so register soon!

Join us for best practice guidance on compliance at Questionmark’s London Briefing

Chloe MendoncaPosted by Chloe Mendonca

I’m pleased to announce an excellent learning and networking opportunity for anyone interested in regulatory compliance.

A Questionmark Briefing on Tuesday 18 June will focus on the role of assessments in regulatory compliance and in mitigating risk within many different types of organisations.

Hosted by Questionmark Partner Microsoft in the centre of London, this early-morning event is a great way to kick-start the day — and be back in the office before lunchtime.

Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m., with a chance to network with fellow guests, followed by interactive sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. Participants will see the many ways in which online assessments can help organizations mitigate the risk of non-compliance.

We expect visitors from a range of backgrounds including the oil and gas industry, financial, governmental, higher education and other fields.

If you’re new to online assessment or are thinking of implementing it within your organisation, this is a great opportunity to see our technologies in action and speak with Questionmark experts about potential applications for online surveys, quizzes, tests and exams.

Visit our website now to register your attendance – Space is limited!

Look out for further news about this event in the coming weeks.

Focus on compliance at London Breakfast Briefing

Posted by Chloe Mendonca

Earlier this week, Questionmark held a Breakfast Briefing at Microsoft’s London office. Questionmark users and other assessment professionals got together to learn about the latest assessment technologies and discuss the various benefits and applications of online assessment.

There were some thought-provoking questions and answers, particularly about how to create tests for compliance. The demonstration of our Questionmark Live browser-based authoring tool was another key feature of the seminar.

We also learned how one financial services organization has built up its use of Questionmark for online assessments during the last seven years and now deploys them globally in more than 80 countries. It was fantastic to see so many people together and learn how they use and plan to implement assessments in the future.

If you missed the briefing, check out the SlideShare presentation below.

Preparing for exams like preparing for the Olympics?

Posted by John Kleeman

Staring out of the window from my desk in the Questionmark office in London, I can just about see the Olympics stadium. London has been preparing for the Olympics for years, and I hope you enjoy the show. Here’s a better view of the stadium than I have from my office!

 It struck me recently that there are many similarities in how Questionmark users prepare for exams and the exacting task of preparing for the Olympics. Questionmark is in no way associated with or connected with the London Olympics, but in the spirit of the games I’d like to share some thoughts.

Here are some similarities between preparing for the Olympics and preparing for exams.

Athletes prepare and practice for the Olympics, aiming to do their best at a key opportunity. Similarly, exam candidates prepare and practice, seeking to do their best.

At the Olympics, it’s essential to have a fair and open field, without any athlete being able to cheat or get an unfair advantage.  It’s the same with exams.

At the Olympics, organizers need to prepare in case things go wrong and plan for all eventualities. So, too, with computerized exams, we have to plan well in advance and think through contingencies to be sure that everything goes well on the day.

Unfortunately there are occasional athletes who try to cheat in the Olympic Games, and strong anti-cheating measures are taken. Likewise, in computerized assessment, we need to put measures in place to make it difficult to cheat.

The Olympics need accurate records of results, to prove who won which race and as evidence of achievement. And users of computerized exams rely on Questionmark or other software to achieve valid, reliable, trustable exam results.

And here is one thing that is very different.

Although the Olympics may be the greatest show in the world, they are ultimately about sporting prowess and our entertainment. The stakes at the Olympics are very high for athletes and their fans, but team or individual results do not significantly impact the world at large.

The stakes are far higher for exam takers and those around them. People who pass exams go on to be critical members of our society – medical professionals, university graduates, banking executives, IT specialists and more. Exams are used to qualify people for key roles in our society. Just like the Olympics, most exams are offered for public access and allow top performers to participate and demonstrate their capability. You may not have billions of television viewers for your assessments, but what you are doing in running assessments may be just as important to society as the Olympic Games.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired by the London Olympic Games.