Assessment is the process of measuring knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes and documenting the same.
In general assessment can be objective or subjective. Objective assessment is a form of questioning which has a single correct answer. Subjective assessment is a form of questioning which may have more than one current answer (or more than one way of expressing the correct answer). There are various types of objective and subjective questions. Objective question types include true/false multiple choice and multiple-response etc. Subjective questions include extended-response questions and essays.
Objective assessment is becoming more popular as they are easier to administer, a large area of subjects/topics can be covered and can be assessed in small time. In addition the chances of errors on account of handwriting etc are also eliminated.
In objective assessment multiple choice questions are most popular although true/false, multiple response, fill-in-blanks and matching are also used in some exams.
In past few years responses of objective assessment are recorded on machine readable forms and as such results are drawn more quickly and accurately.
Recently dramatic increase in usage of Computers and internet has supported increased use of online assessment using objective questions
Online testing broadly is a assessment by using information technology. This generally is also called as e- assessment.
The assessment can be based on a criteria or can be general i.e without any specific criteria such as IQ tests.
Most of exams which have specific syllabus assess students based on a certain criteria where questions are drawn from specific areas (say physics, chemistry, mathematics etc), the questions are of certain type (say multiple choice, multiple response etc) the questions are of a certain level of difficulty, the questions are to be answered in some given time and there is a criteria to allocate marks/grade for correct/incorrect responses and questions not attempted. Testbag is currently catering to such type of assessments using multiple choice questions (which is most popular form of objective assessment).
Benefits of Online Testing
You can test yourself
Anytime – Available 24 hours.
Anywhere- Can access web from anyplace to take test.
Anyhow- Can create your own test using selection criteria, allocate your own time and marks.
The results are instant.
You can or your mentors can analyse the same immediately.
Test results can be kept in history for future reference.
Everyday new questions can be added. Obsolete questions can be deleted.
Tests not only assess your knowledge but efficiency (speed and accuracy) also.
Model Tests can be build keeping in view exam patterns, timings and marking pattern for practice.
Test preparation is an ongoing process that needs to be done throughout the period of study. Getting off on the right foot at the beginning is a must. Rome is never built in a day.
Few suggestions :
- Make and follow a workable time schedule.
- Concentrate during classes whether in school /college or coaching institutes.
- Take your notes, jot important points to remember
- Review the knowledge you have gained subject wise /topic wise/ subtopic wise or keyword wise by taking a test daily/weekly depending upon the depth of your course curriculum
- You can build your own test on a particular subject/topic/subtopic/keyword by choosing number of questions to be attempted by you, level of difficulty for the questions and time to be given for the test. You can also assign scores for correct, incorrect and questions not attempted .
There is a testbag help guide to make you understand how to build your test, how difficulty levels are assigned. Kindly go through the same before building a suitable test for yourself.
There is also subject wise details of topics/subtopics covered and keywords if any associated with subject/topic/subtopic to help you search questions on a particular keyword wherever applicable/available. (Keywords may not be available for some subjects/topics/subtopics)
- You can also take a test based on default values for number of questions, level of difficulties, times for test, scores for correct, incorrect and not attempted questions
- If you have completed the course and now getting ready to take exam, you can practice on complete set of questions for a exam where all values-
number of questions
time to attempt the questions
scores for questions
- The test taken by you are kept as a history for a limited time. You can access the same, analyse the results and discuss the same with your teachers/guides/ mentors to improve further
- The key in competitive exam is :
It is not important how much you know about a subject but how much you know more than others. That is what differentiates a winner from a loser
The user will require a computer with internet connection to take online test. Alternatively there are ‘Cyber Cafes’ or ‘Internet Cafes’ that have computers connected with internet and rent the usage of connected computers on hourly /daily/monthly basis.
Minimum and recommended equipment and software requirements are:
Computer : Personal Computer (PC) should be fine. However you can use laptop . The recommended configuration of your PC / Laptop
Intel Pentium 4 or above
With minimum 256 MB RAM (Recommended 512 MB RAM)
Operating System : Either of the following
Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP,
Linux for PCs
Internet or Web browser : Either of the following
The online testing system of this site works best with Mozilla firefox version 3.0 or above . You may download the same from following link and install on your PC
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/If the user is not creating test with questions having equations , graphics or images, the online testing system of this site also works with Netscape Navigator version 6.0 or above Internet Explorer version 5.0 or above
In addition mouse to scroll pages up and down and printer attached computer are recommended.
Internet Connection : Internet Service Providers (ISP) provide internet connections. There are usually telecom companies (in India MTNL, Airtel , Reliance etc) or other service providers providing access through cable companies (In India SIFY Broadband etc). They normally charge on hourly/monthly or on basis of data downloaded from them
Optional Softwares : The following optional software are of good help
Anti-virus software : These will help defend you computer against attacks from unwanted programs (virus) downloaded on your computers which interfere with systems or erase memory from your computer. There are good number of anti-virus software available. The popular ones are Mac Affe, Norton etc
Email Software : To enable you to send or receive emails. The popular one are Outlook express etc. Alternatively you can use free ‘email’ facility provided by websites such as hotmail.com, yahoo.com, etc.