The Administration Component contains an Exam Administration Tool and three utilities.
The Administration Component is not installed on the candidate’s computer.
The Administration Tool and the utilities can be installed and managed on
separate computers. The utility’s installation and management can be separate
from that of the InvigExam ™ product family.
The Exam Administration Tool is used by the exam administrator / director. It sets
exam options, and rules and builds the exam document based on the specified parameters.
Exam options include security settings, backups, login, passwords, introduction
text, exam contents, restrictions etc. Exams with multiple sessions can be organized
together so they are easy to keep track of. All of the sessions for a given exam
will show up in the drop down menu together. Settings are organized on separate
Security and Auditing
There are several security
options available to be set by the administrator before the exam. Each option can
be either turned on or off depending on individual preferences. Some options can
be turned off for practice exams and turned on for the actual exam.
The security is in place both to keep candidates from cheating and to
protect the test questions from being stolen, by following best practices.
There are several Login specifications that can be set by the administrator. Depending
on the security level and needs of the user, these can be modified, and turned on
Introduction text can be set
up by the administrator and can include rules, instructions, legal issues etc.,
whatever the administrator chooses to include. This is to appear
at the beginning of the exam.
The passwords can be set by
the administrator from the admin screen. These will be set before
the exam and then given to the invigilators.
The administrator has the option
to specify certain restrictions before the exam starts. These
are set from the admin screen.
The administrator can
select options for the method in which they want to save the exam. Automatically
saving every so many minutes ensures that if anything happens while the candidate
is writing their exam, it is less likely that all of their work will be lost.
Without automatic backups, if a candidate was to forget to save their
exam, and in the last 5 minutes of writing the computer crashed, it would be very
hard if not impossible to get that data back.
There are three admin utilities, USB
Format, USB Collect and Mass Print. Multiple USB devices can be collected / formatted
at the same time. The administrator could have 16 USB memory devices formatting
or collecting at the same time.
USB Format Utility
USB Format Utility formats
the USB Memory devices and optionally deploys exams to the USB devices. Format labels
for the USB devices may be specified, the labels can be set to auto increment, giving
each USB device a unique label.
The USB memory device can be optionally pre-loaded with an encrypted
exam file. When the USB devices are distributed to the candidates, the exam will
all ready be present on each device. The deployed exam would be added to the USB
devices during the formatting process.
USB Collect Utility
USB Collect Utility collects
the encrypted exam data (candidate responses) from the USB memory devices and decrypts
the candidate exams so they are available to be marked online (via TDA Inc. web
based Marking Center) or printed. Candidate responses can be printed as the information
is collected, or encrypted and saved to a specified location, then mass printed
at a later time. Collection can occur in both English and French.
Mass Print, is used to
print the collected candidate responses. This is used to increase organization and
save time. The mass print option allows a specified folder to be decrypted and then
printed. This helps ensure data is in the desired order and saves time since the
documents will not need to be put in order after the print (For example: ordered
according to candidate number).
There is a log created by the Mass Print Utility, indicating how many
folders were found, how many files were in each folder, and which files were printed