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A practical look at delivering assessments to BS 7988 recommendations

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posted on 2006-05-24, 14:51 authored by John Kleeman, Che Osborne
BS 7988 is the new British Standard Code of practice for the use of information technology (IT) for the delivery of assessments. It was developed by a panel of experts in the field of computerised assessment. They included representatives from government, business, education and exam boards. The BS 7988 standard itself is being covered in another session at the conference. This paper addresses how Questionmark Perception users can use Perception to be compliant with the standard. You can get a copy of the document from the British Standards Institution (www.bsi-global.com). It introduces guidelines and requirements for any organisation that uses computers to create assessments. It also explains how organisations can establish a good code of practice for delivering them. To comply with the new standard, organizations running exams need to have effective methods to verify online candidates who may be at remote locations. The publication also gives guidelines on providing practice tests for candidates, taking mandatory breaks from the screen, and preventing screen-snooping, cribbing work, sending emails, and accessing websites. This paper will explain how authors and administrators can use Questionmark Perception in the correct way to enable them to follow the various technical recommendations in the standard. It explains that compliance with the standard is not simply a matter of installing the software. Rather, recommendations on using the software must be followed, both on procedural and technical issues. In fact Questionmark has contributed a key part in developing the standard. Managing director John Kleeman also stood as the BSI committee chairman.



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KLEEMAN, J. and OSBORNE, C., 2002. A Practical Look at Delivering Assessments to BS 7988 Recommendations. IN: Proceedings of the 6th CAA Conference, Loughborough: Loughborough University


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