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ProctorExam and Assessment Systems Corporation Partner to Offer a Unique Multi-Layered Security Approach for Online Proctoring

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Assessment Systems Corporation

Assessment Systems Corporation has been a leader in the assessment and testing industry since 1979, providing both world-class software for testing and psychometrics (with a focus on item response theory and computerised adaptive testing) and extensive consulting services for testing organisations.

It was the first company to offer item banking and testing software to the public, in the form of the DOS-based MicroCAT adaptive testing system, nearly 30 years ago. For the past 10 years, they have been implementing this comprehensive testing program into a web-based system that is accessible anywhere, both for examinees and users. They are a leader in psychometrics exams and several of their clients, such as the World Bank, General Electric and Philips are in the corporate sector.

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The integration with ProctorExam

Assessment Systems Corporation delivers high stake tests, so a multi-layer security system with a variety of tools is pivotal. The user access, the roles and the privileges have been handled, they have already integrated locked out browsers, and they have means of randomising the items delivered.

Proctoring is a very important layer in test security. In some cases, it is useful to proctor in person with live proctors but there are many cases where remote proctoring is a much better solution. And that is where ProctorExam comes in! Assessment System Corporation was looking for a remote proctoring solution and found that ProctorExam had a much better solution than their own or others in the marketplace.

ProctorExam Infrastructure as a Service

The ProctorExam technology has been integrated into their own psychometric exam to a level where it is not only used as an add-on but also very much interacting with one another. If the ProctorExam platform receives information that a student has a fraudulent incident, this information is automatically transferred through the API to the psychometric application of Assessment Systems Corporation and it closes the exam.

There is a high level of interaction between the two applications. And that is eventually where the market will go to – to a fully integrated system where the online proctoring services interact with the assessment application and transfer information in order to automate the process, to make it more secure, and to make the assessment application a better learning tool for the exam taker.

 

The benefits of the ProctorExam integration

The cutting-edge ProctorExam technology, the offered options in terms of proctoring, the user experience and the bandwidth requirements are the biggest benefits of the integration according to Assessment Systems Corporation.

While there is a lot of concern with administrating remote tests in certain parts of the world ProctorExam is very efficient in its use of network bandwidth. The actual proctor is another plus. Great technology and getting the videos delivered with very little bandwidth can be less effective if the people proctoring the tests let a bunch of obvious violations slide. But that is definitely not the case with ProctorExam.

 

The innovations the integration brings to the market

In order to have a secure test you need to handle it in your item development, in your test creation and design, and then deliver it in terms of multiple forms, adaptive tests or LOFT delivery. After delivering the test, having a technology that can flag violation situations is crucial.

Even though Assessment Systems Corporation can detect a lot with their psychometric algorithms, the remote proctoring solution is a very important layer in test security. Partnering up, Assessment Systems Corporation and ProctorExam bring all of their tools to the table and offer a much stronger solution than anyone could do on its own. Because security is a problem that needs to be solved on so many levels.

Assessment Systems Corporation can bring certain delivery options that help provide test security by randomising the order of the questions. However, partnering up with both Respondus, who provides a secure browser, and ProctorExam, a user can switch to another application while the test is being securely proctored with one of their cameras.

In the post-factual analysis, you can detect whether an examinee is engaged or not. If you have results that say this person isn’t really trying you can review the recording. This is what the layered approach is all about. We combine our tools, in order to offer some interesting new services to the market.

Partnering up, Assessment Systems Corporation and ProctorExam bring all of their tools to the table, and offer a much stronger solution than anyone could do on its own.

 

The future of the partnership

More and more clients will have access to the combined technology. The benefit of ProctorExam is that it is comparatively economical, so it’s allowing Assessment Systems Corporation to offer proctoring solutions to organisations who otherwise wouldn’t be able to do remote delivery. This allows them to open up new opportunities, especially in education – where there are a lot of high-stakes tests delivered.

In the future, we want to see whether they can share more lifecycle events to further automate the entire testing process and not necessarily only use communal data to understand whether a person is cheating or not, but also to further increase the quality of the test itself, by better understanding whether specific questions can be shorter or longer, whether they’re too difficult or not.

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Daniel Haven, Director of ProctorExam: 

Due to the shared vision for test taking in the future, ProctorExam is very excited about working with Assessment Systems Corporation.

Andrew Lunstad, VP of Development:

The cutting-edge ProctorExam technology, the offered options in terms of proctoring, the user experience and the bandwidth requirements are the biggest benefits of the integration according to Assessment Systems Corporation.