The growth in computer-based testing over the last few years has been exponential. From professional qualification exams to language tests, more and more educational institutions are digitising the way they deliver and administer formative and summative examinations.
And it’s not surprising, the benefits of computer-based testing are numerous: from reduced postage costs, versatile assessment times, easier regulation of student activity, reduced administrative worry thanks to automation, and more.
Back in 2008, Cambridge Assessment sought to develop their own computer-based testing platform. The main aim was to provide a strategic and scalable platform for the long term, enabling the conversion of paper based assessment to computer-based testing.
Together with RM Results, Cambridge Assessment created Connect Plus.
Connect Plus allows for the delivery and preparation of assessments onscreen, whilst enhancing the student experience.
English language test students are now able to take individual listening tests with the use of headphones as soon as they are ready during the test, instead of listening at the same time via a room-wide stereo system. Personalised set up is also available for students with special education needs, giving them an equal chance of success. In addition, students have increased flexibility around when they take their exams, with results issued just two weeks after sitting complex assessments.
Since its introduction, the uptake of Connect Plus by Cambridge Assessment’s test centre network and students has steadily grown. In the last year alone, the number of tests taken using Connect Plus has grown by more than half a million.
To understand more about the success of Connect Plus, watch our video case study.