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ACT revamps mode of examination– Switches to electronic version

Nearly 4000 students took the electronic version of the ACT this past spring. This is the very first time that a national college entrance exam was conducted without the conventional means of pen and paper.

Experts revealed that the number of students taking the test on a computer is expected to grow in the coming days as Iowa City based ACT officials are all set to introduce its new online version in more schools.

Paul Weeks, Vice President, Client Relations of the nonprofit company remarked “ACT is really committed to an approach of continuous commitment”. “We are always trying to think of what are the user needs out there, what the market demand is, and the ways we can better measure student skills to give them information that helps them. What we’ve learned is, number one, there is great promise in computer based testing”, he further added.

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Initially, ACT tested the new mode of examination on April 12 and invited a group of juniors form 80 high schools across 23 states, including Iowa. The content of the exam did include its bubble sheet version and the results were considered official that could be finally reported to the concerned colleges.

In the spring of 2015, an estimate between 50,000 to 10, 0000 students are expected to sit for the computerized version of the test. As a part of its district wise or state wise assessment program, ACT is all set to make available the electronic version to all schools on a school day.

Students are expected to take the computerized test on laptops, desktops and even tablets. However, schools lacking the adequate facilities to administer the digital version have to be content with the traditional paper test.

The road to switch to computer based testing is also littered with various challenges – including facilities with adequate number of devices to administer the test, securely locked down web browsers to prevent students from finding answers through the net and also retraining test administrators.

 

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