You must know what is the meaning of assessment. Assessment may be referred to as a process to assess the qualities, abilities, intelligence, etc. To ensure whatever the abilities that the candidate has mentioned in his or her CV are true or not. The whole process is called assessment. Assessment is not necessarily used during interviews but also in educational institutes like colleges or schools. It is done to observe the learning capacity and understanding level of the students. Whether they are able to properly understand whatever the teacher teaches. These are also conducted on teachers to assess the teaching quality of the teacher. Whether the teacher shall be able to convey his messages to the students in an easy way or not. Having knowledge or intelligence is not sufficient for teachers. They should also have a good way of communicating and teaching.
Assessments help in understanding where exactly a student or a candidate stands. A few of the questions are asked and tests are taken. And the given answers by the candidates and students in both cases are then checked by an expert to understand the brain level, presence of mind, efficiency in communicating, etc. Of the students and candidates.
Assessments give results to both teachers and students. Through a student’s report, the abilities of teachers are also assessed. Like whether the teacher was able to teach well or not. If the report of only a few students is poor then it can be said that the students are not that intelligent. But if the report of the whole class is poor then the finger is pointed at the teacher. Hence, now all this explanation, we can understand the importance of assessment tests.
However, you very well know the current scenario of COVID-19. You know that social distancing is being followed everywhere to prevent coming in touch with the COVID-19 virus. So is being done in the schools as well. But due to all these assessments can not be stopped. Tests are very important to be conducted to represent the academic performance of the students. Therefore, the real purpose of education is not being halted, schools have moved to assessment software to conduct the exams and other assessment tests online.
Such software has been proved very useful to conduct the exams online. There are many important plus points of bringing assessment software in use to conduct the exams online.
The following are the benefits that have been observed during the use of assessment software for the online conduction of exams:
- The exam can be conducted at any time and from anywhere: As it has been a year, the schools have been closed, online education is being provided. You must not have forgotten the traditional way of conduction of exam. You must remember to go to exam centers on the day of the exam at the time scheduled. All the students of a class from the same school have to gather in the same center on the same day at the right time to appear in the exam. Exam dates and times had to be set. But in the case of online exams, no such a case is there. Students are now appearing in exams without having to go to the exam centers. Students can give their exams from anywhere like their homes. It has made it very easy for those students who were pursuing distant education and had to go to another city or distant area to give exams. It takes a lot of time. But now such students do not have to go anywhere to give their exams. It has helped them in saving their time that now they can use in preparing for their exam.
- It has also lessened the burden on the educational institutes: online assessment software has not only been proved useful for students. But also for schools and teachers. Now, schools and colleges do not have to worry about the arrangements to make to conduct exams. They won’t have to fix exam centers and appoint invigilators. It has saved cost and effort. Teachers can take exams online from their homes through their laptops and computers. They do not have to stand the whole day until the exam ends. They can easily observe all the students from their screen now. Observing cheating has also been made simple and easy with the help of assessment tools. This software itself indicates that cheating is being done by the candidates writing the exam.
- Easiness in the process: with the help of online examinations conducted through online assessment software the examination process has been made easy. In the traditional way of conducting exams, teachers had to collect the answer sheets from all the students in the exam hall and send them to all the respective teachers. It took a lot of effort of the invigilator. But in the case of online examination, no such step is there. Students after writing their exam will submit the answer sheet online. Either as a pdf or a document. The teacher will check the papers online and will prepare the report cards online. Teachers won’t have to prepare the report cards manually. As soon as the teacher checks the papers of a student the software will automatically prepare the report card. It has saved a lot of time and effort for teachers.
- An environment-friendly way of conducting exams: As you have seen, in offline exams, answers are written on sheets of paper. Questions are also printed on paper sheets. As paper sheets are made by cutting trees. It required cutting of a lot of trees to take exams. But in the case of online exams. There is no use for papers. Which is saving the lives of a lot of trees and our future generation. Because if there will be no life.
All these are the benefits of bringing assessment software in use for the conduction of exams. However, the benefits do not end here. There are more like these. Like economical, a secured solution, easy, simple examination, etc.