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Posted by Michael O'Leary
updated over a week ago
There are hundreds of online testing tools available, but few are robust, easy to integrate, and convenient to use. Built with security in mind, Scorpion™ is a free exam development and delivery system that is intuitive, supportive of all item types (including multiple-choice, short answer, essay, SmartItem™, and DOMC™ items), and accessible for testing programs of any size. Scorpion's technology also facilitates custom imports and exports, making it simple to migrate, integrate, and publish with existing tools and vendors. You can click here to interact with a live exam that is built and delivered using Scorpion.
This article will cover a few important points (and you can click to jump ahead):
Let's get started.
You can create a Scorpion account in three easy steps. If you already have a Caveon ID, you can skip this section.
When you log in to Scorpion, you will be taken to the "Projects" page, which contains a single project for each one of your exams.
Scorpion makes it easy to develop exams for any difficulty. Even if you already have an existing item bank (if you do, view this section on importing items), we encourage you to play around with Scorpion's manual item creation tools before you import. Not only are there many possible item types to choose from, but you can manipulate many different variables from your dashboard. Below are steps on how to create exam questions in Scorpion. Got a pile of items already? Jump ahead to importing items.
Got a pile of items already? Get them imported! Scorpion supports imports from spreadsheets and QTI standards. You can learn how to connect your external items to Scorpion in this article. For advanced item types and items with complicated delivery needs, Caveon’s attentive customer support can help you bring them into Scorpion without losing what makes those items unique and powerful.
Scorpion’s proctor console contains detailed event logs and warnings based on candidate behaviors, allowing proctors to pause, stop, or even suspend tests. You can enable online proctoring within your Free Scorpion account. We’ll touch on it below, but you can learn more about proctoring and proctoring requirements in Scorpion in this guide. You can also learn more in-depth information on how to use Scorpion’s proctoring tools in this article, and more about bulk proctoring options in this article (page 9).
No matter the test development or delivery software you choose, make sure your software includes these important features when creating your test online:
No matter which test development and delivery software you choose, make sure these features for online test creation are top-of-mind (keep this infographic for easy reference). These options, and more, are available in Scorpion Pro. You can view and compare all the Scorpion Free and Scorpion Pro features here.
With all the online testing tools available, there are few that are robust, easy to integrate, and built with security in mind. You should look for an exam development software that best supports your program’s specific needs.
This article specifically walks you through Caveon Scorpion’s 5 simple steps (plus two optional actions) that make it fast and easy to create a secure online exam:
For more than 18 years, Caveon Test Security has driven the discussion and practice of exam security in the testing industry. Today, as the recognized leader in the field, we have expanded our offerings to encompass innovative solutions and technologies that provide comprehensive protection: Solutions designed to detect, deter, and even prevent test fraud.