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Is your school interested in helping us trial on-screen tests? We’re always looking for Cambridge schools to give us feedback and help make sure our assessments reflect the teaching and learning that is taking place in schools worldwide.
Find out more about our on-screen test development programme and how to get involved:
Q. Will on-screen tests replace pen and paper?
A. No, we are not planning on removing paper-based assessment options where they already exist.
As a result of our research, we are rolling out a programme of on-screen alternatives to some of our paper-based test components. This allows schools to select the type of assessment that is most valid for their learners – on-screen testing if learners are used to working on a computer, and traditional exam papers if learners are more used to writing their answers by hand.
In addition, we recognise that teachers and learners need time to familiarise themselves with the new on-screen tests.
Q. Which assessments will be available as on-screen tests first?
A. From 2016 we will begin to roll out a programme of on-screen alternatives to some of our paper-based test components beginning with Cambridge Progression Tests and Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint. At the same time we are also developing brand new assessment materials that will support teaching and learning in the classroom.
We are excited about our move into offering on-screen assessment. We believe our evidence-based approach means that learners, schools, universities, government departments and employers around the world can continue to be confident that our assessments – whether taken on paper or on a computer - are both fair and relevant.
Q. How can my school participate?
A. We’re always looking for innovative Cambridge schools that are willing to trial our new assessments. Earlier this year we carried out a global Cambridge Secondary 1 Progression Test (Stage 8) trial and we recently visited schools in Malaysia to trial our test software.
If your school would like to register interest in trialling for us, please contact Lynda Bramwell, our School Liaison Manager, who will keep you up to date with the latest trials.