Benefits and Drawbacks of On-Line Testing

Benefits and Drawbacks of On-Line Assessment



Immediate Feedback-

To formulate a complete understanding of the assessment process in schools, we look at some drawbacks of pencil- and-paper tests. Some drawbacks of conventional pencil-and-paper tests are scoring and feedback. Instructors need a lot of time to correct test papers. This means that examinees cannot be informed about the result of the test immediately after its completion. We know that immediate feedback is important to the students for psychological reasons. It is motivational, helps them focus, and informs them if they have to work harder.


  Implementation of an Improved Adaptive Testing Theory-


Benefits of Online Learning and Assessment

Interactive technologies provide us with a vast collection of resources that can enhance and extend learning environments and open up a world of possibilities in instructional design and assessment. Assessment in online constructivist learning environments should be as varied as the learning activities. In constructivist learning environments the appropriate assessments are shaped by the intended outcomes, products, or learning activities embedded in the instructional design.

Interactive technologies provide multiple advantages and benefits for online instructors and learners. These include:

  • More efficient management, collection, and transfer of assessment information;
  • The ability to track, monitor and document students’ activities automatically;
  • Multiple communication tools to facilitate and document dialogues that can be revisited as part of the learning and assessment process;
  • More opportunities and ways for providing feedback to students;
  • Vast libraries of resources and interpretive tools;
  • Increased student participation in discussions (i.e., more students can participate in online asynchronous threaded discussions than in face-to-face classrooms);
  • An increased emphasis on student thoughts and reflections as students learn to express their ideas in writing;
  • More precise grading of student participation in the course content (process) because their discussions are captured in print;
  • Online tests free from restrictions of time and place imposed on testing in face-to-face classrooms.


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More Interactive- Test can incorporate multi-media features to engage the learner.

Accuracy In Scoring- On-Line Testing removes the process of navigating through a students handwriting and disorganized system of answering a question or problem. The learner must determine a final answer.

Research Articles:

Implementation of an Improved Adaptive Testing Theory

Transition to Computer based Assessment: Motivation and Considerations


Assessing Students’ Online Learning: Strategies and Resources