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System for simultaneous, authenticated test-taking via the internet

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004550D
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

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Abstract

If online educational offerings hope to achieve equal footing in comparison with traditional classroom-based education, many aspects of classroom education need to be in effect added to the process of online testing. For example, a system must reliably associate a student with his or her testing results, while deterring fraudulent use. Further, classroom testing traditionally is conducted at a set time for all enrollees. By developing a system that provides reliable results, prevents fraud (using access control technologies known in the art) and offers the option of simultaneous, non-site-specific testing via a network like the internet, considerable value can be added to online educational offerings. This system includes a computer-based evaluation of a test-taker's performance with respect to selected comparative norms. The system includes a home testing computer for transmitting the test-taker's test results to a central computer, which derives a performance assessment of the test-taker. The performance assessment can be standardized or customized, as well as relative or absolute. Further, the transmitted test results are configured to reliably associate the student with his test results, using encoding, user identification, or corroborative techniques to deter fraud. Fraud, and the need for proctoring, is also deterred using time-stamped authentication of users using practices known in the art for simultaneous testing of geographically dispersed test-takers.

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System for simultaneous, authenticated test-taking via the internet

If online educational offerings hope to achieve equal footing in comparison with traditional classroom-based education, many aspects of classroom education need to be in effect added to the process of online testing. For example, a system must reliably associate a student with his or her testing results, while deterring fraudulent use. Further, classroom testing traditionally is conducted at a set time for all enrollees. By developing a system that provides reliable results, prevents fraud (using access control technologies known in the art) and offers the option of simultaneous, non-site-specific testing via a network like the internet, considerable value can be added to online educational offerings.

This system includes a computer-based evaluation of a test-taker's performance with respect to selected comparative norms. The system includes a home testing computer for transmitting the test-taker's test results to a central computer, which derives a performance assessment of the test-taker. The performance assessment can be standardized or customized, as well as relative or absolute. Further, the transmitted test results are configured to reliably associate the student with his test results, using encoding, user identification, or corroborative techniques to deter fraud. Fraud, and the need for proctoring, is also deterred using time-stamped authentication of users using practices known in the art for simultaneous testing of geographically dispersed test-takers.

Figure 1 illustrates a system for simultaneous, authenticated test-taking via the internet. System 100 includes a testing computer 200 and a central computer 300. A test-taker at testing computer 200 typically exchanges information with the central computer 300 using a telephone 120 connected to a public telephone network 110. The educational testing system facilitates the administration of a test at testing device or testing computer 200, the sending of encoded score codes 1100 to the central computer 300, and the generation and transmission of a performance indication 1150 to an end user. Performance indication 1150 is shown as being returned to an end user for display on testing computer 200. Simultaneous testing can be proctored by obtaining the time/date-stamp information from individual testing computers 200 and recording that information on central computer 300 using practices known in the art of managing information transfers via the internet.

Figure 1 System for simultaneous, authenticated test-taking via the internet