Digital tests are superior to paper-and-pencil tests in many respects:
A computerized test, whether presented online or locally on the PC, involves a test session and (usually) a PDF report containing the test results. It is a standalone solution. A test system is a software tool with a standardized user interface that enables multiple tests to be administered in one test session. A test system thus makes full use of the advantages of digital assessment over paper-and-pencil tests and standalone computerized/online tests. A test system enables you to work with your data. You are not tied to a rigid test presentation and scoring scheme but can adapt your testing procedures to your requirements.
Whether online, offline, single workstation solution, test system network or integration with external databases and software solutions through smart interface management – make use of the opportunities opened up by digitalization.
Taking the Vienna Test System (VTS) as an example, the following list summarizes the features that are characteristic of a test system and distinguish such a system from a simple computerized test.
Database for respondent management
Manage all your person details in an easy-to-use template. Add fields of your choice to the database (e.g. reason for referral; work experience; information from CV/interview/history taking). Assign a test presentation language or particular tests/test batteries to respondents. Group respondents.
Database for management and processing of test results
Manage all your respondents and their test results in one database. This makes before/after comparisons and follow-up assessments possible. All test results are saved in convenient form and archived. Export results to other programs for statistical purposes or to harmonize databases.
Combine tests as you wish to meet the requirements of your assessment situation. This means that you can investigate issues that are too complex (multi-dimensional) to be covered by a single test (e.g. occupation, disorder, fitness to drive). You can also incorporate your own tests or questionnaires into your test system.
Save your set of tests as a test battery so that you and your colleagues can use it again late
Make testing particularly efficient by presenting tests on several computers at the same time. The supervisor can keep an eye on all the ongoing testing via his monitor. The results are saved centrally.
Presentation of results/profiling
The results of individual tests can be combined in a convenient overall display.
An overall score can be calculated from the individual test results (using various algorithms and taking account of compensation opportunities).
Compare one person’s test results with other results that have been saved in the test system and processed to provide comparison scores. This simplifies and standardizes the interpretation of results and makes it more objective. You can also import your own comparison scores (norm scores) into the system.
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