Online Examining Platform: A Blessing or a Curse?

January 20, 2023

As the year came to a close and everyone was busy making New Year’s resolutions, the unwelcome pandemic known as COVID-19 arrived.

The pandemic affected nearly 500 million people, affecting almost every age group and, most notably, the next generation, i.e., exam takers and youth. Everyone expected the pandemic to end soon, but this belief proved to be a futile wish. Let’s see what happens next.

When the world was completely shut down for nearly six months, education and industry systems all over the world experienced a paradigm shift, not just in terms of resources and content but also in terms of mode.

Since the pandemic’s outbreak, hiring and evaluation have shifted online and, to a large extent, globally. “Online exams” have now become the new normal. In this state of siege, information technology has risen as a hero.

When something is taught, it is also necessary to administer assessments. As a result, online testing becomes necessary.

What exactly are online exams?

The definition is reflected in the term itself. It is a type of examination in which an assessment uses the internet, a virtual screen instead of an invigilator, and the assessment taker must type in their answers rather than handwrite them.

It must be implemented with caution; therefore, let us examine some of the system’s advantages and disadvantages.

Benefits of online assessment

Some of the benefits of online assessments are listed below.

1. Decreases cost:
  • The cost of the analyst and the understudy who administers the test is reduced.
  • The cost of paper and ink is cut in half compared to the conventional method.
  • The transportation cost of arriving in the middle for both analysts and understudies gets wiped out.
2. Improves time management skills:
  • In web-based assessments, the clock runs above or underneath, which reminds the understudies to finish the test within the time limit?
  • It helps understudies further develop their time-management abilities.
3. Quick outcomes:
  • Generally speaking, the assessments made using the web-based method of assessment are performed by bots.
  • Answers are now introduced behind the scenes in some assessments. As the time limit approaches, the responses are submitted, and the outcome is displayed on the screen in a flash.

Drawbacks of online assessment

1. An issue with the network:
  • Since the test is regulated on the web, areas of strength for an association are required.
  • In certain spots, the association is irregular.
  • Subsequently, assuming the network comes up short, there is a high opportunity that the whole reaction will fall flat on the off chance that reinforcement isn’t accessible.
2. Comfort:
  • Not every person can actually, intellectually, or monetarily acclimate to the web-based assessment climate.
  • A few understudies don’t approach enormous screens that would permit them to obviously see the extensive inquiries more.
  • Furthermore, some of them come up short in the execution process.
3. Conning Methods:
  • Albeit the tests are taken with the understudies’ trust, some of them prevail with regard to participating in acts of neglect like cheating.