The means of education is expanding far and wide. Education is not limited to the four walls of a classroom anymore. It has expanded with advancing technology. Many schools, colleges, and institutes are using technology to streamline Admissions, Examinations, Fee Payment, etc. available online and make the tracking process easy.
Benefits of Using Online Examination Platform:
Online Examination platform has many benefits. We have listed a few benefits of online examinations over paper-based examinations which should convince you to start using an online examination system.
- Security of Examination Paper
The online exam provides flexibility and security to the examination process. Once all the questions have been loaded in the system, the system can shuffle and give questions in different orders to different students. This reduces the chance of cheating. This is not possible in a paper-based examination, the paper cannot be printed differently for every student, therefore it gives leeway for malpractices. And also, a possibility for the paper to get leaked while passing it to different examination centres, this risk is mitigated by the use of an online examination platform.
- Quick Result Processing
In an online exam platform, the results are calculated instantly and accurately. In a paper-based exam, a lot of steps involved, resulting in the paper evaluation process to take up a lot of time and making it prone to human errors.
- Get rid of Examination Centres
In an online examination platform, the exam can be conducted wherever the candidate is. The exam surveillance can be conducted with the help of a webcam and microphone. Such a method of conducting an examination is called Remote Proctoring. When an exam is conducted remotely, thousands of students can appear for the exam, without the need to spend on transport and accommodation. This also solves the problem of scheduling exams across various examination centres, hiring invigilators, providing security to these centres, etc.
- Reduced Logistics Costs
In an online examination, the logistics cost is minimum. Examination Process is managed using technology. It is beneficial when you are looking to conduct the exam for multiple candidates at different places. The exam result processing is also done online and hence the logistics cost is very limited. In a paper-based examination, the logistics cost is high, since a lot of factors like examination centres, hiring invigilators, and others has to be considered. Question papers, answer sheets need to be delivered at designated examination centres within a defined timeline. Also, there needs to be a system to collect back answer sheets from all examination centres to a central location for further processing.
- Compatible for Subjective exams
There are online subjective examinations available where a candidate needs to write answers in simple English language with special symbols/ diagrams and others. Online Subjective examinations can be managed with facilities like speech to text, uploading images of diagrams drawn by the students for answers related to examination questions. Examiners can easily evaluate subjective answers by using individual login.
- Reduced in Examination Cost
Due to the flexibility of the online examination platform, the cost of the exam per candidate is very less. Meanwhile, for paper-based examinations, the cost per candidate is more than Rs. 100. Thus, the online examination platform becomes more affordable and a feasible choice to conduct exams.
- Remote Supervision
Online Examination can be managed in auto surveillance mode where a webcam connected to the system would take snapshots of the student for the exam and can act as an invigilator or supervisor; which is again cost and time-efficient. This would ensure that the same student is appearing for the exam and the system is able to keep track of the student during the exam. While in a paper-based examination there is a need to hire an invigilator for a designated set of students.
- Question Paper Generation
Designing a question paper for an online examination is relatively easy and it also reduces the chances of paper leakage. While designing a question paper for a paper-based examination is a risky task. There is an endless number of logistical activities right from manual question selection, design of the paper, the printing of the paper, distributing the question paper to various examination centres in a secure manner.
- The flexibility of Exam Management
An online examination gives you the flexibility to design examination papers, evaluate and grade them, there can be the same or different questions for students also. However, in a traditional examination, there is no flexibility, last-minute changes or corrections are also not possible.
- Result Analysis and Ranking
In an online examination, result analysis is easy and quick. The online examination can provide detailed analysis, ranking, rations subject, or topic wise analysis. It helps for further decision making or shortlisting the process. In a traditional examination result processing is a manual and huge administrative task. There are many examiners involved in the compilation of the final result. Such a result is also error-prone.