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How to establish a successful certification strategy

Online proctoring is on the rise. Thanks to web-based learning and remote exams, learners have been able to stay on their educational paths, even with the dramatic changes happening around them.

And this trend is only going to continue. The Global Online Exam Proctoring Market valued at US$ 350 million in 2019 is projected to reach US$ 1.2 billion by 2027. Pushing this forward are several important factors including a rise in demand for e-learning platforms, elimination of high costs of proctored assessment centers, and a reduction in learners’ time and money.

Even before the pandemic, bricks-and-mortar test centers faced intense competition from their more convenient rival. As online proctoring became more prevalent, education democratized learning for whole new groups of candidates – especially for those in remote locations or with unconventional schedules or accessibility needs.

Test publishers can reach new customers and open new revenue streams by offering assessments online. We explore how in this blog.

How organizations can benefit from online testing

Every part of learning has been transformed by technology. Students and employees have advanced their knowledge and expertise with tools like web-learning platforms for years.

A key part of making that experience credible is by providing rigorous assessments and by hosting these tests remotely and online, organizations stand to benefit in numerous ways.

Move beyond the confines of physical locations: online proctoring opens testing up to a large group of people, removing the barriers of geographical distance. Promising and talented students and employees can participate in courses of their interest and put their knowledge to the test, no matter where they are based.

Get a more accurate representation of academic comprehension: switching environments from the traditional proctored exam centers to the comfort of the test taker’s own home can reduce stress and anxiety around assessments. Quicker information recall and focused performance present a clearer picture of understanding and critical thinking.

Reduce administrative time: online tests and assessments dramatically cut down on marking time. According to a new study by digital leader Fujitsu, one of the leading universities in Japan, automation reduced marking time by 90%. Thus proving how online assessments can create efficiencies for the future.

Choose the right proctoring option

In reality, online proctoring can be as effective as physical proctoring at test centers at deterring this behavior. For progress checks, tools like Record and Review are a good option and allow administrators to monitor test takers and scan for anomalies and protect the validity of an exam against cheating, content theft, and identity fraud. For qualification or certification assessments, online proctoring whereby proctor or invigilator monitors tests over a webcam can be more appropriate.

Start testing online

Online proctoring is here to stay. For testing organizations, it is an innovative, affordable, and scalable alternative to traditional assessments. For their students and certification candidates, it is a convenient and comfortable way to earn new qualifications.

Creating and delivering reliable online assessments can be easy with the right partner. Questionmark offers a range of proctoring services that help prevent cheating and increase the integrity of assessments.

To find out more, book a demo of our assessment platform here.

John is the Founder of Questionmark. He wrote the first version of the Questionmark assessment software system and then founded Questionmark in 1988 to market, develop and support it. John has been heavily involved in assessment software development for over 30 years and has also participated in several standards initiatives.