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  1. Emerging Adoption of E-Assessment in the Professions Garrett Sherry Country Manager - Ireland

  2. Emerging Adoption of E-Assessment in the Professions • Thomson Prometric – Body of Experience • External Factors Driving Adoption • Changing Business Needs • Emerging Developments • A Few Cases In Point • Review & ‘Our’ View

  3. Thomson Prometric – A Body of Experience • 1990 1st Computer Based Exam for Novell • Global Leader in Technology Enabled Assessment Services • 600 Clients, 132 Countries, 8 Million Exams every year • Practical, Paper & Pencil, Internet & Computer Based Solutions • Test Development, Delivery and Data Management • Professional, Academic, Government, Corporate & IT • Ireland - 60 Test Locations, 200,000 Exams - Customers; Department of Transport, Medical Council of Ireland, CITB NI, Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Oracle…

  4. External Factors • Changes in Regulatory & Legal Environment • Rapidly Evolving Curriculum • Candidate ‘Test-on-Demand’ – The ‘Now’ Generation • Globalisation of Programmes • Competition for Candidates

  5. Changing Business Needs • Develop / Change Programmes Quickly • Increased Availability & Test Windows– Quicker Results • Improved Security, Integrity & Easier Administration • More Relevant Exam Experience • Improve ROI – Develop New Revenue Streams

  6. Independent Research on UK Attitudes to e-Assessment • Drivers & Barriers to Adoption of e-Assessment • Attitudes to QCA Proposals for e-Assessment • Acritas Research Commissioned to Independently Research 116 UK Awarding Bodies • Qualitative - Face to Face Interviews • QuantitativeStudy – Confidential TelephoneInterviews

  7. Qualitative Findings • A Highly Receptive Environment – Innovative Working Examples • A need to Develop Sophisticated, Robust and More Scalable e-Assessment Examples • The Needs and Wants of Learners Should be Central to Implementation • Business Continuity is vital to e-Assessment • E-Assessment should include Vocational and Professional Qualifications – Not Just Schools

  8. Quantitative Findings • 26% Currently Deliver e-Assessment • Of the 74% not delivering e-Assessment, 46% are developing / piloting • 83% Believe e-Assessment More or Equally Robust as P&P • 60% Believe e-Assessment More Cost Effective than P&P • Client Satisfaction and On-Demand Testing are Most Important Factors • 78% Would Prefer Multiple Technologies Conform to Agreed Standards

  9. What are the three main advantages of using e-Assessment, in your opinion, overall? (unprompted)

  10. What drives uptake of e-Assessment?

  11. Case Studies

  12. Securities and Investment Institute Customer Issues & Needs • UK Awarding Body, 40,000 Exams Per Year & Rising • Paper & Pencil Delivery • Complex & Costly Administration • Weeks to Get Results • Candidate frustration - On-Demand Needs • Increasing International Focus • Revenue Growth

  13. Securities and Investment Institute Conversion to CBT • Expanded delivery – 60 Locations, 30 Countries • On-Demand Continuous Testing • Immediate Results – Re-Test in 3 days • Administration Efficiencies • On-line Self Service Booking • Enhanced Candidate Experience • Flexibility to Change and Add Programs Quickly • Expanded Revenue Opportunities

  14. Medical Council of Ireland Temporary Registration Assessment Scheme (TRAS)- Customer Issues & Needs • Paper & Pencil • Fixed Exam Delivery Dates • Limited Overseas Delivery • Increasingly Complex Administration • Difficult & Costly to Expand Delivery (especially overseas) • Cumbersome to Change & Update Exam

  15. Medical Council of Ireland Temporary Registration Assessment Scheme (TRAS)- Conversion to CBT • Available On-Demand - Test When Ready • Flexible Global Delivery – 4 Countries, 15 Locations • Simplified Scheduling & Registration • Control of Eligibility Criteria • Robust High Specification MCQ Exam • Consistency of Exam Experience • High Level of Security and Integrity • Ability to Change & Update Exam Easily

  16. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) The Uniform CPA Examination- Customer Issues & Needs • Paper & Pencil – Twice a Year • Limited Locations – Large and Costly Auditoriums • First Time Candidates – Two Day Exam • Very Stressful Environment for Candidates and Invigilators • Limited Ability to Simulate Real-World Skills • Need for a More Flexible, Seamless Candidate Experience to Help Attract New Talent • A 21stCentury Exam for 21st Century Practices & Demands

  17. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) The Uniform CPA Examination- Conversion to CBT • Partnership Approach to Conversion (Steering Group) • Flexible Candidate Options – Whole Exam or Sections • Year Round Delivery – Test When Ready - 300 Locations • Fit for Purpose Test Centre Network – Secure, Comfortable • Innovative Test Items, Simulations and Tools • Greater Public Confidence in Competency and Ethical Proficiency of CPA’s • A 21st Century Exam

  18. Emerging Adoption of E-Assessment in the Professions • Increased Availability & Test Windows– Quicker Results – The ‘Now’ Generation • Improved Security, Integrity & Easier Administration • Increasing Competition for Candidates • More Relevant Exam Experience • Consistent Global Administration • Improved ROI / New revenue streams / Expansion of programs • Outsourcing Test Delivery & Administration • Concentrate on Developing Core Programmes • Improved Security & Integrity of Testing Process

  19. Emerging Adoption of E-Assessment in the Professions Thomson Prometric ‘Our View’ Professional bodies and other responsible organisations in Ireland should embrace the advantages offered by technology enabled learning and assessment to ensure: That those who look after our sick are properly qualified Those who look after our money have an appropriate to licence to practice and, That education for the professions better reflects the realities of today’s business and regulatory environment