The world that we live in today is vastly different from the one we knew till, say, just a couple of decades ago. We no longer have to stand in long queues in the bank, only to transfer money. Similarly, we no longer have to go to schools and other educational institutions to study necessarily. Who would have thought that there would come a day when we would be able to attend classes from the couch. And what is even more interesting is that even digital learning has come a long way since it first emerged on the scene. Yep, we are no longer using simple video conferencing tools to conduct classes online; instead, we have taken the e-learning experience to the next level with a world of advanced tools and technologies.

And this evolution, as well as the new set of circumstances across the globe, has brought the e-learning industry face to face with an essential facet of the process: Assessment. After all, assessments are a critical part of the equation and serve to corroborate the efficacy of the education delivered to students. Or, you know, evaluate candidates for jobs. The point is, thus far, we have lacked dedicated tools to enable this. Thankfully, this growing need has given rise to a new type of device in the market — online exam software. Considering that they allow exams and assessments online, they have acquired raging popularity not only in the e-learning sector but also among recruiters.

Now, let's look at some must-have features to ensure that your online exam tool can adequately serve its purpose.

  1. A centralized platform: When you are evaluating candidates and need to open several different windows to complete the process — that not only defeats the purpose but can also be very frustrating. That's why the software you pick must have an online platform from where you can set up the assessments, manage candidate profiles, etc. It enables a streamlined process, which, in turn, is essential for executing the operation efficiently.
  2. Security of data: There is plenty of sensitive and confidential data stored and shared via such software. Hence, it is imperative that the solution it's fortified with ample security measures to safeguard the data stored and exchanged through it. Ideally, it should include the ability to store data in the cloud, data encryption, etc.
  3. Variety of tests: The key to ensuring productivity of the process, variation in the type of tests available is critical. It means that besides knowledge, your online examination software should also allow you to evaluate candidates for other aspects such as skills, personality, and more. Additionally, it should offer variety in the context of the type of questions one can use to administer tests.

No matter if you want to evaluate students' performance or assess the skills of a prospective employee, an online examination software can help you do all that and so much more. But only when it has the right features, so don't forget to evaluate these factors before making the final choice.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software. The article explains the essential features of online exam software.