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DIMENSiON September 2018|Assessment

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TCS iON Digital Assessment

Know the time remaining for the login with timer alert

Feature: Enhancements in Candidate Console

Description: Following are the enhancements to the Candidate Console in addition to the existing capabilities.

  • Remaining Login Time Alert: A timer will be displayed on the login page to inform the candidates about the time remaining to login.
  • Registration Photo of Candidate: The candidate photograph taken during registration will also be displayed in the login screen of the candidate console, in addition to the photograph in the application.

Key benefits:

  • Displays remaining login time on Candidate Console.
  • Displays candidate registration photograph on Candidate Console.

 

Viewing the test cases for assessments is now simpler

Feature: Option to include Test Cases in Assessment Reports in Case of Programming Test

Description: Currently, the test cases used to evaluate the program written by the candidate is not included in the assessment reports that are generated after result processing. Starting this release, an option is introduced while generating the report to include or exclude the test cases in the report.

Key benefits:

  • The ability for the user to include/exclude the test cases in the report based on the requirement.
  • The user can view the test cases used for this assessment that will help them to check if the evaluation done based on the test cases is actually correct.

 

 

 

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DIMENSiON August 2018|Assessment

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Assessment Examination Center (AEC) & Internet-Based Assessment (IBA)

Get a quick view of answer text box anytime during the exam

Description: Enhancements in MCQ Question Type: Currently in MCQ type of Questions, the answer options are displayed as radio buttons. With this release as an additional capability, a dropdown can be provided as an answer option where the candidate can select the correct option from the drop-down.

  • Enhancements in SA Question Type: Currently for SA type of questions, the text box for the answer to be written is provided in the next line after the question ends. With this release as an additional feature, a placeholder for the text box is provided so that the answer textbox can be placed anywhere within the question Content.

Key benefits:

  •  Ability to show options as a radio button or as dropdown as per the requirement for MCQ Questions.
  • Ability to show the answer textbox at the end of the question or anywhere in the mid of the question as per the requirement for SA Questions.

 

Enhance the user to configure the Master Password at the drive level

Description: 

  • Enhancements in MCQ Question Type: Currently in MCQ type of Questions, the answer options are displayed as radio buttons. With this release as an additional capability, a dropdown can be provided as an answer option where the candidate can select the correct option from the drop-down.
  • Enhancements in SA Question Type: Currently for SA type of questions, the text box for the answer to be written is provided in the next line after the question ends. With this release as an additional feature, a placeholder for the text box is provided so that the answer textbox can be placed anywhere within the question Content.

Key benefits:

  •  Ability to show options as a radio button or as dropdown as per the requirement for MCQ Questions.
  • Ability to show the answer textbox at the end of the question or anywhere in the mid of the question as per the requirement for SA Questions.

Content Authoring Engine (CAE)

Feature: Enhancements in MCQ and SA Type of Questions

Description:

  • Enhancements in MCQ Question Type: Currently in MCQ type of questions, the answer options are displayed as radio buttons. Starting this release, as an additional capability, a dropdown to be provided as an answer option, where the candidate can select the correct option from the drop-down.
  • Enhancements in SA Question Type: Currently for SA type of questions, the text box for the answer to be written is provided in the next line after the question ends. Starting this release as an additional feature, a placeholder for the text box is provided so that the answer textbox can be placed anywhere within the question content.

Key benefits:

  •  Ability to show options as a radio button or as dropdown as per the requirement for MCQ Questions.
  • Ability to show the answer textbox at the end of the question or anywhere in the mid of the question as per the requirement for SA Questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TCS eyes schools for digital-exam biz boost

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With an aim to boost its digital assessment business in the long term, IT major TCS plans to reach out to schools now. Currently, TCS iON, the digital assessment business arm with 180 exam centres spread over 150 cities, offers services for more than 80% of the total fraud-proof and fast digital assessments in India. It has 300-plus clients like IIMs, IITs, AIIMs, Advanced JEEs, GATE, B-schools, banking, law, government and rail recruitment boards.

Rajesh Gopinathan, managing director & chief executive of the IT services major, told TOI that the real opportunity lies at the school-level exams as no board or school chain can introduce such infrastructure to conduct large-scale, high-stakes examinations.

“If we think from a digital perspective, education is one of the sectors that are ripe for disruption across the board. So, given our deep involvement of many decades, on a macro level, TCS is engaging itself with the education sector across multiple aspects of it,” he said.

TCS has bet big on iON by investing Rs 2,000 crore and 2,500 man-years to build the whole system in the last five years. “It is not about coming up with a mobile app. We asked ourselves, can we marry physical with digital to make a phy-gital space and create an integrated solution? iON has done that,” Gopinathan said.

The assessment vertical of TCS is now planning to scale up its exam seat number from 1.35 lakh a session to 1.5 lakh across its network. “We had decided that the whole space needed to be attacked at a 100% scale in order to make an impact. Otherwise, we would only be scratching the surface. We painted a very compelling mission as before that we had not really understood the landscape much,” explained the TCS chief. TCS iON centres have so far assessed more than 100 million candidates over 1,800 high-value examinations.

Courtesy: Times Of India 

Original article: http://bit.ly/100MillionDigitalAssessment

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DIMENSiON July 2018 | Assessment

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TCS iON Digital Assessment

Eliminate the chances of malpractice by displaying watermark in the candidate console

Assessment Examination Center

Feature: Water Mark on Candidate Console

Description: Introducing a parameter at Question Paper Template level to display the watermark in the candidate console. Based on this configuration, the watermark will be displayed in the candidate console. This is leveraged for IBA as well.

Key benefits:

  • Increased traceability
  • Avoids / Eliminates the chances of malpractices.

 

Reviewing the highlighted pieces of question text is now simpler

Feature: Configuration To Enable The ‘Highlighter’ in the Candidate Console

Description: During the assessment, candidates can highlight sections of a question text so that they can refer to it at a later point of time during the assessment. This highlighted data will be available until the submission of the assessment and are not stored anywhere. Enabling the highlighter in the candidate console is configurable at the QP template level and is configured while creating the QPT. All the question papers creating using the QPT will be enabled with the highlighter. This is leveraged for IBA as well.

Key benefits:

  • Enables the candidates to view the required set/piece text better upon revisit.
  • Saves the overall candidates’ time during the assessment.

 

Get an automated and instant evaluation of response to the questions

Content Authoring Engine

Feature: Introducing Regular Expressions in Short Answer Type Questions

Description: Regular Expression (RegEx) will be handled in CAE along with the other types of responses for Short Answers. (Set, Range, Equal). During question creation, the question has to be created and after selecting “RegEx” as the response type, the corresponding regular expression has to be given as an input by the question creator.

  • For example, if the question is “Write a Valid Email Id”
  • Following is the regular expression should be given as an input by the question creator.
  • The candidate will provide the answer in the candidate console. The answer will be checked against the RegEx expression and it provides the result whether the question is correct or incorrect.
  • The result will be calculated based on the right/wrong responses. If the answer given is “product@tcs.com”, it will be treated as correct. If the response is given as “ialm.product@@tcs.com”, this will be treated as wrong due to two @@ in the response.
  • The question creator has to provide the following inputs:
  • Question text
  • RegEx Expression

Key benefits:

  • Automated generation of possible answers by the system and its evaluation.
  • An enhanced way to evaluate the candidates better.

 

Quick evaluation of short answers in TCS iON Digital Marker Hub

Feature: Introduction of ‘Marking Scheme’ for Short Answer Questions

Description: With this release, the feature of ‘Marking Scheme’ is extended to short answer questions, in addition to the subjective type questions. The ‘Marking Scheme’ will be available in the Short Answer questions only for which the parameter “Evaluation Required” by the system is set as ‘No’.

This is integrated with the iON Digital Marker Hub where the markers (evaluators) are booked and the evaluation happens. Thus, during the evaluation in iON Digital Marker Hub, the evaluators can view the ‘Marking scheme’ and evaluate accordingly.

Key benefits:

  • ‘Marking Scheme’ enables the evaluators with the details of step-by-step marks to be given.
  • Better insight to the evaluators to do the evaluation of Short Answers in iON Digital Marker Hub.

 

Flexibility to showcase the demo with feedback questions

Feature: Configurable Feedback Questions for IBA Mock

Description: Assessment mock facilitates the users to create and conduct the online mock assessment that can be used for the purpose of demonstrations and practices. The feedback questions displayed after the submission of the mock test are now configurable. The assessment creator can download the excel template and define the questions as required.

Key benefits:

  • Flexibility to showcase the demo with the required set of feedback questions.

 

Repeated audio/video recordings of the candidate’s response are restricted

Feature: Introducing Comprehension Questions in Feedback Questions

Description: With this release, the questions in the candidate feedback form can be configured as comprehension type questions i.e. parent-child type of questions (Main question followed by the sub-questions). This is applicable in both IBA mock and the Online Assessments.

Key benefits:

  • Flexibility to have sub-questions under the main question for Feedback Questions as well.

 

Highlights of the Month:-

Feature: Displaying the Result on the Candidate Console (LBA)

Description: During the question paper creation in CAE, the user can specify whether to display the result to the candidates on the candidate console after the assessment. This is applicable only in case of LAN Based Assessments and for the QPs created from CAE front end and through excel template.

Key benefits:

  1. Log on CAE >> CBA / ASA.
  2. Go to Question Paper Management.
  3. Specify the option “Show Results on Candidate Console” as ‘Yes’ or ‘No as required while creating the question paper either from the front end or through excel sheet.

 

Feature: Configuration of Minimum Time for Group Instructions

Description: With this release, in addition to maximum Group Instruction Time, introducing a new parameter for Minimum Group Instructions Time. It is mandatory for the candidates to stay on the Group Instructions page for the specified time before they proceed to start attempting the group.

Key benefits:

  • Mandate the candidate to view the set of instructions for the specified time.

 

Feature: Introduction of Programming Languages: Perl and Python

Description: With this release, the support for programming test has been extended to Perl and Python languages as well.

 Key benefits:

  • The enhanced process to evaluate the candidates in the programming languages.

 

Feature: Introducing Maximising Functionality for the Images

Description: With this release, the candidates can maximize the image contents in the questions and view it on the screen. Candidates can maximize any image by clicking on the image. The image will be displayed on the full screen. This is applicable for all the images in the question and answer option contents for all the question types and is independent of other configurations. This is leveraged for IBA as well.

Key benefits:

  • Better picture/enhanced view of the images by the candidates in the candidate console.

 

Feature: Option to Revisit the Group Instructions

Description: Earlier, when the candidates start attempting the Group, they cannot view the Group instructions again. With this release, a configuration has been added to enable the candidates to view the Group instructions again upon starting the Group. The link will be available on top of the candidate console through which the candidates can view the Group instructions. This is leveraged for IBA as well.

Key benefits:

  • Enable the candidates to revisit the Group instructions upon starting the group.

 

Feature: Configuration o Enable the ‘Highlighter’ in the Candidate Console

Description: During the assessment, the candidates can highlight the pieces of question text which they can refer to at the later point of time during the course of the assessment. This highlighted data will be available until the submission of the assessment and are not stored anywhere. Enabling the highlighter in the candidate console is configurable at the QP template level and is configured while creating the QPT. All the question papers created using the QPT will be enabled with the highlighter. This is applicable for both LAN Based and the Internet-Based Assessments.

 Key benefits:

  • Enables the candidates to view the required set/piece text better upon revisit.
  • Saves the overall candidates’ time during the assessment.

 

Feature: Parameter to Display Watermark in Candidate Console

Description: Introducing a parameter at Question Paper Template level whether to display the watermark in the candidate console. Based on this configuration, the watermark will be displayed in the candidate console of both the LAN Based Assessments and the Internet Based Assessments.

Key benefits:

  • Increased traceability
  • Avoids/eliminates the chances of malpractices.

 

Feature: Extending the Configuration of Sub Question/Option Shuffling to New Question Types

Description: With this release, the user can configure the shuffling of the sub-questions and options for the new question type.

  • Grouping: Both the group names on the left side and the list of options on the right side can be shuffled.
  • Match the Column: Both the questions on the left side and the list of options on the right side can be shuffled.
  • Fill in the Blanks: Only the options can be shuffled in case of drop down. Option shuffling is not applicable for the blanks added. In addition, sub question shuffling is also not applicable.
  • Sequencing: Only the options can be shuffled. Sub-question shuffling is not applicable

Key benefits:

  • Enhances the evaluation of the candidates.
  • Avoids/eliminates the chances of malpractices.

 

Internet Based Assessment

Feature: Configurable Feedback Questions for IBA Mock

Description: Assessment mock facilitates the users to create and conduct the online mock assessment that can be used for the purpose of demonstrations and practices. The feedback questions displayed after the submission of the mock test are now configurable. The assessment creator can download the excel template and define the questions as required.

Key benefits:

  • Flexibility to showcase the demo with the required set of feedback questions.

 

Feature: Introducing Comprehension Questions in Feedback Questions

Description: With this release, the questions in the candidate feedback form can be configured as comprehension type questions i.e. parent-child type of questions (Main question followed by the sub-questions). This is applicable in both IBA mock and the Online Assessments.

Key benefits:

  • Flexibility to have sub-questions under the main question for Feedback Questions as well.

 

 

The Central Board of Secondary Education reduced 99.99% re-evaluation requests

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was constituted in 1962 under the Union Government of India with an objective to serve educational institutions more effectively. The prime focus of the Board is on innovations in teaching-learning methodologies by devising students friendly and students centered paradigms. The Board has 19316 affiliated schools in India and 211 affiliated schools in 25 foreign countries.

CBSE faced many challenges in regards to the marking of written answer books of the students including:

  • Inconsistency in marking across evaluators.
  • Errors/omissions: Missed sections, totaling errors.
  • Increased evaluation centers across the country

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) deployed TCS iON Digital Marking solution which enabled them to streamline their marking processes and manage large-scale answer book marking

Some of the key highlights of the solutions delivered:

  • Digitized end-to-end marking process in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  • Marking scheme to drive uniformity.
  • Auto governance checks like totaling, reviews.
  • Evaluators data and answer books on the cloud

CBSE benefited from this implementation in many areas, some of them are in the following ways:

  • 40% reduction in marking cycle time.
  • Reduced Re-evaluation requests.
  • 100% elimination of totaling errors.

TCS iON Digital Marking is a solution for educational institutions and recruitment bodies to aid the accurate marking of subjective answers. With TCS iON Digital Marking, markers can insert comments by typing them out against the scanned images of candidates’ answers, as well as assign marks. By minimizing the possibility of human error while maintaining computational accuracy, TCS iON Digital Marking significantly reduces the overall marking cycle time. TCS iON Digital Marking also helps make better use of available resources to further improve the process. The solution delivers the flexibility, accuracy, and efficacy of a digital marking system while ensuring that the human touch of personally examining the paper is also maintained in the process. Most importantly, TCS iON Digital Marking enables smooth and transparent communication between the key stakeholders in the process – educational institutions, candidates, and their parents.

Key highlights of the engagement:

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Customer Testimonial
“Focus on the evaluation is mainly to ensure timely declaration of results. The result which is more accurate and correct.”
Dr. Manoj Srivastava, Regional Officer, Dehradun
Central Board of Secondary Education

DIMENSiON May 2018 | Assessment

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 Internet Based Assessment (IBA)

 Personal and confidential data of the user are now self-consent

 A) GDPR Related Changes

 

Feature Description
Displaying notification during Candidate Verification process In the proctored Internet Based Assessments, candidate identity information will be captured in the system during the verification process at the test centres.

The following message will be displayed to the users while capturing identification details of the candidates:

Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before entering his / her personal data. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.

Screen: ASM >> Online Assessment >> View Dashboard >> Verify Candidates.

Displaying notification while capturing the details of the Scribe During the Internet Based Assessments, the candidates can be accompanied by the scribe as a special need. In such cases, the name, email id and the contact number of the accompanying scribe will be captured in the system. The following message will be shown to the users while capturing the details of the scribe:

Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before entering the personal data of the scribe. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.

Screen: ASM >> Online Assessment >> View Dashboard >> Special Needs.

Key Benefits: This is in line with the GDPR regulations to seek the necessary Consent from the users for the usage of the personal data

B) Additional Capabilities in Analytics

Following are the new features in Analytics

a) In Homepage of reports, Show overall analysis, will display details such as Candidate Score, Cut-off, Percentage, Accuracy, Date of Exam, Exam start time and End Time.

b) The Homepage is now configurable with Image. Any image can be added to the home page HTML file.

c) Complete candidate profile will be displayed in Homepage including Name and DOB etc.

d) In preparedness analysis, Performance levels will be displayed in the report (Excellent / Moderate / Poor etc.)

e) Preparedness analysis will be added to overall performance analysis, currently, it is at the section level. Performance level will also be displayed.

f) Performance category (Excellent / Moderate / Poor) can now be configured at an overall report level.

g) Displaying colors based on the accuracy percentage is now configurable along with the comments.

Key Benefits: This gives enhanced user experience and provides more details in the report like candidate complete profile, candidate performance level etc.

 

Get the notification while capturing the demographic data

Identification Management (IM) – GDPR Changes

Feature Description
Displaying notification while Capturing the Demographic data of the Candidates/Staff/Dummy Staff The following message will be shown on the screen to the users while capturing the demographic data of the candidates, the staff and dummy staff:

Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before capturing his or her personal data. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.

This message will also be shown while capturing the data at the time of staff registration and while editing/updating the staff details in the IM solution.

 Key Benefits: This is in line with the GDPR regulations to seek the necessary Consent from the users for the usage of the personal data.

 

Displays the notification during the dummy candidates registrations

Assessment Examination Center (AEC) – GDPR Changes

Feature Description
Displaying notification during the Dummy Candidate Registrations In IT Manager console, while registering the dummy candidate, following message will be displayed on the screen:

Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before capturing his or her personal data. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.

Removal of Personal Details of Candidates Candidate personal details such as Candidates Phone Number, Email Address, Date of Birth have been removed from the Candidate Profile in the Candidate Console.
Displaying notification during the End Drive of Online / Offline Assessments In IT Manager console, following message will be shown while doing the End drive for both the Online (LBA) and Offline (Question Paper Delivery) Assessments:

In case of any issues, the personal data entered in the below fields might be used for Identification/Communication purpose.

Key Benefits: This is in line with the GDPR regulations to seek the necessary Consent from the users for the usage of the personal data.

 

DIMENSiON April 2018 | Assessment

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Conducting Hindi typing test in iLEON is now simpler

Feature: Introducing Remington Layout Support in iLEON OS

Description: In this release, Remington Layout has been moved to iLEON OS for typing test. Starting now, it is possible to conduct Hindi Typing Test in iLEON OS using Remington keyboard layout.

Key benefits: Ability for the users to conduct Hindi Typing Test in iLEON using Remington Keyboard Layout.

 

Internet Based Assessment (IBA)

Personal and confidential data of the user are now self-consent

 A) GDPR Related Changes

 During Candidate Verification process:

In the proctored Internet Based Assessments, the candidates’ identity information will be captured in the system during the process of verification at the test centers. The following message will be displayed to the users while capturing the identification details of the candidates:

“Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before entering his/her personal data. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.”

Screen: ASM >> Online Assessment >> View Dashboard >> Verify Candidates.

While capturing the details of the Scribe:

During the Internet Based Assessments, as a special need, the candidates can be accompanied by the scribe. In such cases, the name, email address and the contact number of the accompanying scribe will be captured in the system. The following message will be displayed to the users while capturing the details of the scribe:

“Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before entering the personal data of the scribe. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.”

Screen: ASM >> Online Assessment >> View Dashboard >> Special Needs.

 

B) Additional Capabilities in Analytics

  • Homepage in reports – Displays overall analysis and includes details like candidate score/cut-off/percentage/accuracy/date of exam/exam start time/end time.

 

  • The homepage will be configurable with an image – Any image can be created on the home page in the HTML format.

 

  • Complete candidate profile will be displayed on the Home page – This includes Name/DOB etc.

 

  • In preparedness analysis- Performance levels will be shown in the report (Excellent/Moderate/Poor etc.)

 

  • Preparedness analysis will be added to overall performance analysis, currently, it is at the section level. Performance level also will be displayed.

 

  • Performance category (Excellent/Moderate/Poor) can be configured as an overall report level.

 

Displaying of colors based on the accuracy percentage made configurable along with the comments.