International schools begin to make big shift to onscreen exams
International schools in the city have begun to take baby steps towards onscreen examinations.Cambridge International Examinations, for one, has introduced onscreen board-level cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint Tests—equivalent to exams taken by Class VII or VIII students—at three schools across the country, including two in the city.
The International Baccalaureate, too, has introduced e-assessment for their middle-year programmes. City schools that participated in IB World's first online assessment session in May 2016 included Ecole Mondiale, Juhu, and NES International School, Mulund.
At MET Rishikul Vidyalaya, Bandra, which is one of the three Cambridge schools to have adopted the onscreen test format, 28 Class VIII students took the Science test using computers last October. Joining them this year is Podar International School, Santacruz, where 119 Class VII students will take the English and Science test onscreen. For multiple-choice questions, students will have to tick the right boxes and for subjective ones, they must type out complete answers.
The two schools have held mock tests for a smooth transition. "We began trials around two years ago as Cambridge was testing out a new software. We have also been conducting our school examinations onscreen so that students get used to the change. Parents, too, needed a little convincing but now everyone is on board," said Vandana Lulla, director-principal, Podar International School. The school plans to use onscreen assessment for all grades from the next academic year.
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