Learning assessments are usually conducted with two sets of questions – objective questions and subjective questions. While objective questions require the candidate to respond in a right/wrong way or true/false or select an appropriate alternative for answer, subjective questions require an elaborate answer/explanation.
With the global pandemic and subsequent paradigm shift in the education ecosystem, objective questions have become an integral part of online assessments.
In this blog, we will discuss why institutions should focus on objective questions and how they can leverage a question bank management system or other platforms to create an objective exam online.
Before we discuss the steps of creating an objective exam and more on the exam management software, let’s understand the succinct benefits of objective questions.
Advantages of Objective Questions
When it comes to assessments, both objective and subjective questions carry significant importance. However, there are some relatively high benefits of using objective questions for online assessments. Some of them include:
- It’s a reliable assessment method
- It elicits a narrowed-down, appropriate response
- It effectively reduces the marketing workload involved
- It can be used to assess a broader range of topics without exhausting time and other key resources
- These questions and their responses can be evaluated in an unbiased method by the evaluator
- There is no room for errors when it comes to marking and grade allocations
Examination management systems have emerged as a true boon for educational institutions and organisations looking to hire the right talent. These systems make it an easy, quick, and hassle-free effort to create objective exams. These take care of the question paper generation, online assessments, evaluations, and more in a comprehensive manner.
Let’s understand how we can set up an objective exam with the robust exam management software.
Here are Steps to Define Online Objective Exam
1. Go to Admin Login
2. After Login, Go to Menu > Exam Creation
3. Click On Create Exam (Please note before Exam Creation you should have completed Question Bank related Activities and your Online Question bank Should be Ready)
4. On Create Exam, you can see the First Step Screen
|Define the Name of the Exam.|
|Allow Instant Score View|
If you set this field to yes, the candidate can view the exam score after completion of the exam. If you set it as No, then the candidate would not be able to see the score after completion of the exam process.
|Allow Candidate to review exam|
If you set this field to yes, the candidate can see his/her answers along with the correct answer after completion of the exam. If you are conducting a practice exam, then you can allow candidates to review the exam. But if it is an entrance test or some selection test, then the review exam can be disabled.
|Duration of Online Exam (In minutes)|
Here you can define the total time allotted for the exam say 60 minutes
You can set negative marking for wrong questions. You can enable or disable it as per your requirement. If I enable it, then an additional text box is shown to enter the total marks to be deducted for each wrong answer.
|Select Exam Type|
Here you can the select exam type as Objective, Subjective/ Theory or a Combination of objective and subjective questions.
|Timer for Each Question|
There is a facility to define a timer for each question.
If you wish to set a timer for each question then you can enable it or if you wish to keep a timer for the entire exam then you can disable it. If enabled, you can set the timer for each question, say 30 seconds or 60 seconds.
|Enable Unique Questions for Each Candidate|
If you wish to have different question papers for each candidate, then you can enable this field. If your exam is for 50 questions and your question bank has 200 questions, then the system would select 50 sets of questions based on the exam pattern for each exam.
If you wish to have different question sequences for each candidate, then you can enable this field. If your exam is for 50 questions and you have enabled this, then each candidate would get questions in a different sequence.
|Enable Remote Proctoring|
If you wish to invigilate an online exam using the Remote Proctoring Technique, then you can set this flag as Yes.
If enabled then the candidate needs to have a web camera attached to the system in order to start the online exam.
The system would continuously monitor remote users during online exam activity with the help of a web camera attached. You can easily administer or monitor online exam activity recordings at a later time.
|Capture Candidate Photo|
Enable this if you want to capture Images / Photographs of candidates appearing for the exam. You can mention the time interval of capturing photographs (e.g. 30 seconds, 60 seconds, etc.). This is useful when you want to track users while appearing for the exam.
When the candidate appears for the exam, the system takes a snapshot of the candidate using a web camera attached to the system.
|Allow Question Navigation|
If you set this field to yes, the candidate will be able to move questions. i.e. he/ she is able to view any question by using the Next and Previous navigation buttons. If you set it as
No, then the question navigation would be disabled, and the candidate would need to follow the system-defined question sequence.
|Exam Schedule Type|
There are 3 types of schedules
1.Flexi Schedule: each exam would have a variable schedule window. e.g. If the exam start time is 10 AM, you can set an exam window for more than 1 hour or 3-4 days as well. Candidates can appear for the exam during that window at any point in time. The candidate would get a full 60 minutes due to the variable window time of the exam.
2. Fixed schedule option, In this case, each exam would have a fixed schedule window. e.g. If you have a defined exam of 60 minutes and the exam start time is 10 AM, then the exam would forcefully end at 11 AM. If the candidate logs in and starts the exam at 10:15 AM, then he/ she would have only 45 minutes to complete the exam.
3. Flexi Schedule with Fixed Exam The Start time of the candidate is recorded, and the Exam time will be fixed as defined during creation. e.g. if the exam time window is for 4 days and the candidate starts the exam at 10 AM for 60 minutes, then the exam finish time would be 11 AM even if the candidate is disconnected for some time during the exam.
|Conduct Exam in 2 Languages|
If you wish to conduct an exam where questions would be shown in 2 languages, then you can enable this here.
Please note you should have questions in 2 different languages imported into the system in order to conduct an exam in 2 languages.
Candidates would be shown questions in 2 languages. Candidates can select their preferred language during the exam.
|Subject and Topic Selection|
Here you can define one or more subjects and their associated topics as exam syllabus. You can define the number of questions to be included for each subject/ topic along with a specific attribute of question type and difficulty level.
The system would show you the total number of available questions in the system. You need to select the number of questions to be included in the examination. Here I am selecting one subject and its relevant questions as part of my exam.
|Passing Marks||You can also enter passing marks for this exam and click on the calculate Marks button as shown. The System would show you the total marks for the exam.|
After this step, you can click on the Generate Exam button. Your Exam will be generated after this step.
|You can see details of the exam in the Exam Master Grid.|
Advance Exam Configuration
There is a facility to define additional advanced settings for online exams. You can click on the advanced configuration section for it.
In the advanced configuration, you can define additional settings
If you wish to conduct an exam with various sections, then you can enable it here. All the subjects selected while defining the exam patterns will be shown in sections.
If you wish to show the remainder of the time remaining with Red colour, then you can define minutes before it is to be shown.
If the exam user tries to switch the exam window, then you can prevent it from this setting. If you set this field to 3 then the user can switch from the main exam window to any other window max 3 times. On the 4th attempt, the online exam would be suspended. It is useful to prevent users from opening with other window or any other activity during the online exam process.
Creating objective questions require a thorough understanding of the subject matter and what the expected outcome of the online assessment is. Objective questions can be created with just a few steps on an exam management or question bank management platform.
The aim for objective questions to get the best possible answer rather than the completely correct answer. Multiple choice questions are a popular form of objective questions used in online assessments. Candidates should attempt such questions in a thoughtful manner.
Some of the main types of objective questions include matching test questions, multiple choice, true/false, correct/incorrect, simple recall test questions, best answer, completion, and classification test questions.
True to its name, objective questions are objective in nature. They are based on facts or true statements and require a straight forward, best possible alternate answer.
Objective questions as part of online assessment are important to gauge the factual knowledge of candidates as well to validate their aptitude, way of approaching questions and real-time situations in general.
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