High-stakes testing: Pros and cons

High-stakes testing has pros and cons, just like everything else. In this article, you’ll be guided through what the purpose of high-stakes testing is, why online testing is a good idea, and what the most commonly argued pros and cons of high-stakes tests are. 

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The purpose of high stakes testing

High-stakes testing in education is often used for events such as grade promotions, awards, and scholarships, or for college entrance examinations. The purpose of high-stakes testing is just like any other test, to measure a student’s skills and knowledge, but in a high-stakes situation. In the times of the digital age and the covid-19 pandemic, online testing has become more commonly used than before, including high-stake tests. However, high-stakes testing in education online comes with both pros and cons.

Pros with High-stakes testing online

  • The new generation has grown up in the digital age, and some could feel more comfortable doing a high-stakes test online.
  • You can prevent cheating well by limiting the students’ screens only to the testing program.
  • All students can be treated equally with an anonymous grading system. 
  • You can proctor the exam both live and see the activity afterward on a PDF

Cons with High-stakes testing online

  • A bad internet connection may cause disruptions during the examination.
  • Could make it easier for students to cheat. 
  • Applications are only compatible with for example PC or MAC.
  • A complicated application that is hard to use.

There are on the other hand solutions to the cons mentioned above. Digiexam has developed an application that first of all has full offline compatibility and there is no risk of a bad internet connection ruining the test. You also have the ability to proctor the whole test live and get access to credit reports after the examination. Digiexam is compatible with PC, Mac, Managed Chromebooks, and iPad. Their application prevents the most commonly stated cons of online high-stakes testing in education from ever becoming a problem. 

Should you use high-stakes testing in education?

High-stakes testing comes with pros and cons and is continuously discussed among students, teachers, and parents. Many argue that high-stakes testing narrows down the education because teachers want to appear well, and therefore “teach students the test”. Opponents to high-stakes testing also argue that it could be correlated with increased failure and lower education. On the other side, proponents claim that it motivates students to work harder and learn more and that it also engages teachers to have a varied education to appear well. 

Digiexam makes it more secure and easier to do a high-stakes test online. Using pen and paper is more expensive in the long run and has started to become obsolete in the digital age we live in. Digiexam is solving many of the challenges of online high-stakes testing, ensuring high exam integrity of all types of high-stakes testing. 

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Karandeep V

Karandeep was born in Pune, Maharashtra, an upcoming metropolitan city in the Western region of India. While most members of his family are engineers, he had different ideas. He was more inclined toward exploring the non-technical aspects of a business, which is why he studied Bachelors of Business Administration at Symbiosis International University, Pune.  Having said that, his love for new and upcoming technologies remained intact, which is why he has written extensively about technology throughout his career. After a brief stint with a gaming company at the beginning of his career, he discovered that his love for writing was not temporary.  Being a tech geek, he always liked installing and playing around with new applications on his mobile devices and the home desktop. He was fascinated by how technology can simplify even the most mundane and complex tasks with just a few commands. He keeps a close eye on how businesses use different tools to streamline their operations to boost productivity and efficiency.  At ToolsMetric, he writes product reviews that cover the main features and specifications of different enterprise applications. The sheer amount of innovation and hard work that goes into building these tech solutions is one of the reasons why Karandeep loves reviewing these tools. Besides product reviews, he also writes interesting news articles and blogs that track the latest developments in the tech industry.  When he is not writing, you can find him rooted to his seat playing video games, watching movies, or supporting his favorite football team. Since his childhood, he has always loved to travel and explore new places. Traveling is a major part of his life due to a myriad of reasons such as experiencing new cultures, food, and traditions. His other hobbies include playing football, cooking, and running.  You can find him on LinkedIn here.

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