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Yoyogi Seminar selects TCS iON PAPER to transform Spoken English Tests in Japan

The University Admission Common Test, which will replace the current National Center Test in 2021, is expected to include spoken English

TCS iON Paper to Conduct spoken english tests in Japan

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced that Sapix Yozemi Group (Yoyogi Seminar), a Japanese cram school chain, has selected TCS iON PAPER to transform the conduct of its spoken English tests and evaluation of candidate responses.

Spoken English tests are increasingly becoming part of entrance exams for many universities and high schools in Japan. The University Admission Common Test, which will replace the current National Center Test in 2021, is expected to include spoken English.

To prepare students ahead of time, Yoyogi Seminar has included speaking assessments in all its future tests.

The TCS iON PAPER device will equip the preparatory school operator with the capabilities necessary to conduct these tests, including the test environment, test data delivery, and scoring environment. In addition, it will enable location-independent assessment with the help of experienced English teachers based in India. TCS will on-board qualified and certified English teachers, who will be rigorously trained on evaluating the audio responses, in a proctored environment.

TCS iON PAPER can securely distribute question papers as well as capture students’ audio responses without the need for internet connections in classrooms. This will enable Yoyogi Seminar to conduct country-wide English language tests at centers that do not have access to the internet. The scoring of the audio responses will be powered by TCS iON Digital Marking platform to deliver test results at speed.

Toshiro Takamiya, Co-chairman, Sapix Yozemi Group, said, “We have been making efforts to support our students to acquire four key capabilities – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – in English proficiency as is required in this globalized society. By employing TCS’ services, we hope that we will be able to introduce better services to our students nationwide.”

Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON, said, “TCS iON is focused on continuous innovations and the integration of digital technology to drive transfomational change in all aspects of the education ecosystem. We are very happy that Yoyogi Seminar has been an early adopter of TCS iON PAPER along with our path breaking location-independent marking platform – TCS iON Digital Marking. This will drive exponential value to the domain of education across stakeholders.”

“We are very honored to partner with Yoyogi Seminar, a leading Japnaese college preparatory school that has been devoted to enhancing educational services for test takers for over half a century. TCS, leveraging its global expertise on digital to the fullest, strives to be the partner of choice for education customers in their digital transformation journeys at a time of major industry-wide change, and contribute to the enhancement of educational services in the country,” said Masayuki Nakayama, Senior Vice President, TCS Japan.

TCS iON’s Education platforms have been adopted by institutions worldwide, to benefit from the enhanced security, scale, reduced logistical costs, and shorter processing time. The TCS iON PAPER device was launched in 2018 to introduce digital technology in place of traditional paper-based tests.

For more information visit us at http://www.tcsion.com

Source – 1) http://www.businessworld.in/article/Sapix-Yozemi-Selects-TCS-iON-Paper-To-Conduct-Spoken-English-Tests-In-Japan/28-02-2019-167681/ 2) http://indiaeducationdiary.in/yoyogi-seminar-selects-tcs-ion-paper-transform-spoken-english-tests-japan/

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Learn Best Methods for your Exam Preparations

Learn best methods for your exam preparation

Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. This holds true in all aspects of life, particularly with competitive exams in India. If you are an engineering or medical aspirant preparing for an entrance exam, you know exactly what it takes.

You work hard, make many sacrifices, burn the mid night oil, and continuously step-up your game each day – to get those few extra marks that can make all the difference. Well, there is good news. We are here to spill a little-known secret. Beyond the obvious dos, don’ts, and recommendations, we bring to you a few simple tips and tools that can provide you the extra edge.

  • The Ivan Pavlov Way

This is one of the most popular techniques around the world. Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov’s conditioning experiment proves that we can master any task by repeating it consistently. Some factors that have to remain constant are time, place, and subject.

So, train yourself to read the same text, in the same place, at the same time every day, and you will notice that your brain absorbs information much faster and organically.

  • Match School and Home Schedules

This is one of the most effective methods out there. Align your home-study schedule to coincide with your classes. Studying a topic taught by the trainer, immediately after returning from class, gives you the advantage of higher retention.

Do this. Just before a test, instead of reading long-form text, look for visuals like graphs, diagrams, or charts – these tend to leave a mental impression and are easier to recall.

Another important thing to do is never set a time table with similar subjects one after the other. Variety ensures longer attentions spans.

  • Short and Effective Study Sessions

There are distractions all around. The mind can seldom remain steady. Instead of fighting the urge, give-in at times. Go for a combination of small study sessions peppered with breaks. You will be able to cover a lot more. This is because the brain thrives well under adequate pressure.

It is also believed that when we take small breaks between sessions, the brain absorbs information without much effort. Hence, try spending not more than 20-25 minutes when cramming chronological events, formulas, equations, names, events, etc.

  • Avoid Studying when Sleep Strikes

When the mind relaxes, the body rejuvenates. A tired body and brain aren’t conducive to intensive study. This varies from person to person. Some students find it easier to start early, while others find late nights less distracting and more productive. Whatever suits you, choose a time and stick to it.

When you find yourself getting drowsy, move around, drink some water, or better still take a power nap. ‘Inemuri’ or ‘sleeping while being present’ is the Japanese term for catching up on sleep while in public places. Experts suggest that such power naps can result in higher productivity.

  • Smart Working Practices

More than the amount of time you spend in front of your books, evaluate the quality of the hours spent studying. ‘Focus’ is the key to getting more work done. Choose a time to study when there are minimal distractions. Consider going to a library or a study hall. It is advisable to start the day with challenging subjects when you are most alert. Keep the easier ones for the end of your study session.

  • Practice Tests from Previous Years

Practice tests tell you where you stand. While most students know this, they rarely come around to doing it. Mostly because they do not have a ready and systematic access to the question paper sets from the previous years.

If you are an engineering or medical aspirant, try to get access to a comprehensive set of practice exams. Such tests help develop familiarity with competitive exam patterns. Attempt such tests in a proctored environment. Set a timer and take the process seriously.

Avoid getting distracted and keep all your devices away from you. This way you will be able to time yourself and understand the areas you need to concentrate on. When you have taken enough tests, you will be able to identify commonly made mistakes, know your strengths, and list down areas of improvement.

  • Leverage the Power of Data to Gain Analytics and Insights

We live in the age of data. Today, there are enough and more analytical tools that can process your test performances to give you deep insights and recommendations that can help you perform up to your true potential.

Data analytics help in identifying one’s strengths and areas for improvement. In fact, platforms like as TCS iON’s Prep4Exam act as virtual advisors for students appearing for competitive engineering or medical exams. Students of Grade 11 and Grade 12 from Mathematics and Science streams can leverage this platform to get deep rooted insights about their performance – subject-wise, concept-wise, and difficulty-wise. They can also get detailed error analysis for incorrect questions, and answer keys along with explanations of the concept.

Getting ahead in competitive exams requires more than the traditional dose of hard work and perseverance. With just a few marks differentiating the winners, getting methodical with your exam preparation is indeed the need of the hour!

DIMENSiON January 2019 | Assessment

TCS iON Digital Assessment

Conduct effortless exams with secure answer key template

Description: With this release, you can download filled answer key-Template in CAE. The downloadable answer key template will have all the correct options pre-populated in it. You can download the answer key template, as an igx file from both CAE Central and Local instance. Additionally, Answer key upload option will be available in ADC to upload the Excel template or the .igx file downloaded from CAE.

You must provide correct answers during Question creation to use this answer key template for result processing. The downloaded answer key template will then have correct options pre-populated in it. This template is a .igx file for enhanced security and is not readable. You can download and share the .igx answer key template for result processing. This is applicable for both CAE LI and CI.

Enables scenarios where the authors provide the actual answer keys during QP creation process but do not share the answer keys to the delivery engine.

Key benefits: Enhances security of Answer keys as the downloaded answer key template is not readable.

Bundle mapping is now flexible


Description: With this release, a new parameter Bundle Mapping Required is introduced in Configuration Details screen. You can select this parameter as

  • Yes to mandate bundle mapping in ADC for an assessment
  • No to configure the assessment without bundle mapping. When the parameter is configured as No, the customer can share the Bundle igx file before the assessment start time. Then, the IT managers can upload the bundle igx in AEC console to proceed with the assessment.

If the parameter is set as ‘No’, the bundle password can be shared by the bundle managers from CAE without the bundle mapping in Assessment Data Centre. The password can also be populated from the IT Manager console. The timeline to provide the password will be based on the first shift of the assessment.

Key benefits: Flexibility to mandate or bypass bundle mapping in ADC.

Auto-save button saves time and efforts of the candidate


Description: The Save and Save and Next buttons are displayed in Candidate console, though the autosave is enabled. With this release, the Save button will be disabled if the Auto Save on Candidate Console is set as Yes in CAE.

This will be applicable only for a group having a single section with Group All questions as Yes

Key benefits: Saves time and effort of a candidate during an exam.

Are schools producing the Nation Builders of Tomorrow?

equp students to face real worl challenges with 21st Century Skills

How critical is the need for 21st Century Skills in the school curriculum to equip students for real-world challenges? 

Transforming Education for the Rapidly-Changing Digital World

The digitally advanced world has rendered over 94 per cent of the engineering students unfit for hiring. Only about 5 per cent of the country’s workforce is said to have had formal skill training, while around 31 million people are unemployed. It is thus evident that there is a widening gap between the course structure in the school and the life skills needed for the real world.

With the education system, still focused on exam survival, and plagued with disconnected facts and teaching disparate, there is little or no scope for developing non-academic competencies required for the 21st Century. Problem-based learning which presents students with the opportunity to collaborate and solve authentic problems is missing.It is almost shocking how few young, educated individuals know how to do the basic tasks of filling examination forms, applying for educational loan facilities, handling banking processes, writing official letters, or simply facing interviews.

As learning on the job is now an obsolete concept, applicants need to have an in-depth understanding of the role they are applying for.Institutions, therefore, need to adopt an evolved approach to prepare students for facing multifaceted challenging environments.

Skills and Knowledge Go Hand in Hand

The intensively competitive and evolved work space requires students to be able to match the new expectations. Re-designing the school curriculum and the classroom strategies is thus crucial to prepare them for the needs of the modern world at an early age. These modifications include the introduction of 21st Century skills such as Super Skills of Creativity and Innovation,Critical Thinking and Reasoning, Communication Skills, Collaboration and Compassion, Financial Literacy, Reading Skills, Ethics, Values &Life Skills, and Health, Hygiene and Fitness, into the program of study. 

These skills would present students with the opportunity to enhance their academic learning in a more systematic and informed manner so that they are ready to tackle societal challenges in relevant social issues. Also, they would prevent them from having any unrealistic expectations and aid them in exploring meaningful job opportunities.

How Do We Ensure That Our Children Are Future Ready?

Not much can be achieved if the dedication in altering the curriculum is not supported with a similarly evolved assessment procedure to test students on their subject depth. Multiple rounds of evaluations spread over the school, city and national level, employing OMR based and computer-based tests can help in preparing students better for the challenges of tomorrow. The contest with these timed tests would focus on 21st Century skills and in developing early entrepreneurship. They would encourage children to showcase their super skills in solving complex problems and measure their thinking ability against their peers.

These tests can be divided into the junior section, for students of grade 6 to grade 8, and the senior section, for students of grades 9 and 10, for all the State, Central, and International 

School Board students. The results can be published online along with downloadable digital participation certificates. By testing each student on the grade level content, these contests would help develop an understanding and appreciation for creativity, innovation and socially significant topics for the 21st Century.

While schools focus on the academic subjects, similar importance needs to be given to these skills and topics that enrich academic learning. Only a balanced approach between the two can assist students in qualifying as the Nation Builders of Tomorrow.

We look forward to your comments and encourage you to contact us if you would like to discuss more.

To know about TCS iON Life Long Learning Initiative for students, visit us at https://learning.tcsionhub.in/LLL/se/intelligem .

Best Regards,

Renuka Vadhyar

Product Head

TCS iON

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.

 

 

 

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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