Alliance yields more testing options

Assessment technology providers Questionmark and Software Secure today announced a technology alliance that will bring added security to certification tests and other higher-stakes exams administered without the need for someone to travel to a testing center.

"We are seeing a rapidly expanding universe of testing organizations who are looking to offer both integrity and convenience to their remote testing environments," said Douglas M. Winneg, CEO & Founder of Software Secure.

The alliance enables customers to complement the authoring, delivery and reporting capabilities of the Questionmark® Perception® assessment management system with the remote monitoring and identity verification tools of Software Secure’s Securexam® Remote Proctor.

Questionmark’s technologies enable organizations to deploy a broad range of assessment solutions to address critical needs such as certification, regulatory compliance, health and safety, sales and technical channel verification and employee selection. As the stakes of tests and exams increase, customers can take advantage of many standard features that help reduce opportunities for cheating and ensure the security of test content and scoring algorithms.

Software Secure’s Securexam Remote Proctor uses finger-scan biometrics to authenticate the identity of a distance learning test-taker, and then records audio and a 360 degree view of the exam-room, wherever that is. The combination of Remote Proctor with Questionmark Perception will enable participants to take Questionmark exams anywhere, anytime, while providing many of the security benefits otherwise available in costlier, proctored test center environments.

“Organizations need to find the right balance for test security, weighing the risks and threats against the costs, so they don’t over-engineer or under-engineer their assessment solution,” said Questionmark CEO Eric Shepherd.