Enabling a positive user experience when sitting exams

Sitting exams is a regular part of the university calendar. And as universities and institutions fill up with digital natives, the usability and user experience of any online exam system used to run summative exams is likely to come under more scrutiny. It was important to us when we were developing our online exam software […]

Video: Standard Setting using Borderline Regression

Video transcript Hello I’m Trish from Speedwell Software. In this clip I will be showing you how we use Borderline Regression for standard setting  in Speedwell’s eSystem. When marking, the examiner will mark each of the objective tests using fail/pass, no/yes according to how the station was set up. Then for the subjective mark we have […]

Question bank groups and learning outcomes go hand-in-hand – here’s why

The outcome based education model has been widely adopted throughout many university departments – from maths, economics and engineering to medicine and science. Essentially it involves the clear specification of the end product of training and the associated learning outcomes – and curriculum planning flows from these outcomes. If you like, the reverse planning model […]

Future proofing exam software investments

When considering investing in exam management software, there are a number of considerations specific to exam tech that you may wish to consider upfront. After all, the software you select is likely to be used for a number of years and will be used by a large number of students and assessors alike – and […]

Video: Using blueprinting to select exam questions

Video transcript Hi I’m Trish from Speedwell Software. In this clip I’m going to show you how to select questions for a multiple choice exam within Speedwell’s eSystem using a blueprint. So I’ve switched to the exams tab and I have already created an exam and I have added some questions to it already. And […]

Are students disadvantaged when they sit paper exams?

Walking around a university campus recently – and poking my head into the odd lecture hall – I was struck by how much technology has taken over from pen and paper for the vast majority of students.  Students no longer make notes in exercise books, like I did as a student. Some students barely attend lectures, […]

Video: Selecting exam questions using filters in banks

Video Transcript Hi, I’m Trish from Speedwell Software. In this clip I’d like to show you how we can select questions using a previously recorded exam history within the Speedwell eSystem. I’m in the eSystem on the Questions tab and I’ve already selected some questions using filter criteria of Live bank, elderly group and pain […]

Video: Analysing exam question performance

Video transcript Hello, I’m Trish from Speedwell Software.  In this clip I will show you how we can analyse exam question performance using the eSystem item analysis report. Right now I’m on the Question tab, and I’m looking at question C2 Horm 49. I can preview the question, or I can edit the contents. At […]

Case Study: McGill University, Medical School

Data is widely acknowledged as the world’s most valuable digital resource – and the ability to harvest value from it is what sets one organisation apart from another. Read how McGill is harvesting their exam data to improve their assessments with the help of Speedwell.

Case Study: European Board of Ophthalmology

The EBO Diploma is a medical exam offered to European ophthalmologists by the European Board of Ophthalmology.

Five tips to get the most out of your question bank

It takes significant amounts of time to prepare, collate and review examination questions. And finding out after your students have sat the exam that your questions have not performed as expected is disappointing.

Should students be left to their own devices?

Universities are probably the biggest users of bring your own device (BYOD) in the world, since nowadays most students bring their own laptops or tablets to lectures.

Paper versus Online Exams

For several years now computers have been heralded to replace the traditional pen and paper exam format, however the rate of adoption has been varied at best!

Q & A with McGill University on new Speedwell eSystem

Speedwell have officially launched their much anticipated new online exam software.

Are online exams really secure?

The growing popularity of e-examinations raises many challenges and considerations for institutions, however, ensuring electronic exams are secure is probably the biggest concern of all.

Writing a Good Exam Question

For any exam, it is essential that your questions test the right content as determined by your learning objectives and have the appropriate degree of difficulty.

Speedwell Celebrates its 26th Anniversary

At Speedwell, we are very excited about 2015. It should prove to be a busy year as we celebrate our 26th anniversary, a year that will see the launch of our new eSystem, an online exam software.

5 Best Practices to Optimise your MCQ Exams

Multiple choice exams are a reliable means of measuring knowledge and understanding at various levels of learning, as well as enabling large amounts of material to be covered efficiently.

How to raise your exam standards

In this blog piece we are going to explore what is QuestionBank and why it can play a pivotal role in raising your exam standards.

Cliniquest: Box Whisker Plot

The box whisker plot report in CliniQuest is a useful way to see how your examiners are scoring your candidates, and also how the distribution of scores varies between examiners.

MultiQuest – Withdrawing Questions

Occasionally, a question might not have performed well in one of your exams.

New Feature: Portable Examinations (CliniQuest)

We have now added the ability to export and import examinations both to and from a file in CliniQuest.

A closer look at Borderline Regression

Here at Speedwell, we aim to make life as easy as possible for our clients when preparing examinations and systems of assessment.

25 years of customer service excellence

Speedwell began twenty-five years ago, when the world was a very different place.