Recently a friend of mine asked me for advice on online assessment platforms. Unfortunately I wasn’t much help.
I have spent the vast majority of my career in organizations that have an assessment engine incorporated into their Learning Management System. These work just fine, even if they look like “Computer Based Training” from the 1980’s. Never mind, they get the job done.
However my friend has a problem: he wants to assess people outside of his organization too. The Learning Management System is set up so that only employees can access it. Technically it could be possible to open it up to outsiders, but realistically it ain’t gonna happen.
So what are his alternatives?
I’m thinking of online assessment platforms such as Questionmark and ProProfs. There are so many of these kinds of services available, and I haven’t used any of them, that I don’t feel comfortable in recommending one over the other.
My friend has some budget, but of course he doesn’t want to over pay. He’s interested in auto-marked multiple choice questions and short answer questions, and also in long answer questions and essays. If the latter could be auto-marked somehow that would be preferable, but he’s not holding his breath for that kind of functionality.
So my question to you, my L&D peer, is:
What’s the best online assessment platform?
Do you have any insight or experience you can share?