Fast 5: ExamSoft Benefits for Dental Programs

December 5, 2016 Christy Terry

You need an assessment tool that gives your dental school an edge in successful education.

Lucky for you, ExamSoft is that tool. With a combination of streamlined exam creation, secure offline delivery, and immediate data analysis, ExamSoft not only helps you properly manage precious teaching time, but it also makes sure that your program is providing an effective learning environment that produces quality dentists.

Sound too good to be true? Take a look below at how ExamSoft works for dental programs:

1. Upgrade your exam process.

The tasks involved with building exams can be tedious, to say the least. ExamSoft offers the option of creating exam questions manually or importing preexisting questions and placing them into an item bank using five main categories: multiple choice, multiple select, fill in the blank, essay, and true or false. You can construct dental exam questions to replicate the high-stakes testing environment and even include answer rationale to provide your students with feedback on the specific content associated with each exam item. And, as we’re all aware, student feedback is one of the best ways to prep dental students for the NBDE.

2. Administer secure, reliable exams…offline.

We hate to break it to you, but it’s inevitable: your dental students will be tempted to cheat. ExamSoft helps faculty battle roaming eyes and attempts at academic dishonesty with software that locks devices and restricts access to the Internet. No Wi-Fi? We’ve got you covered. The offline feature ensures that you’re delivering exams in a reliable testing environment. Choose from multiple settings, including question sequence randomization and answer choice randomization, to create an exam experience that’s as secure as possible. After all, exam security is serious business, and you shouldn’t be concerned with faulty Internet connections and test leaks the day of. You have enough on your plate.

3. Get your grading done at the touch of a button.

Going stir-crazy trying to find time to grade exams? Get more freedom with instant grading. You read correctly: once students have completed an ExamSoft assessment, a simple click is all it takes to complete scoring of every exam. Need to adjust scores due to an exam question error? No problem. Review assessments with the option of making adjustments to grades, creating a  scale, and assigning grading criteria for essay questions. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

4. Compare and contrast the quality of your curriculum.

When it comes to being a successful educator, it’s important to be able to accurately measure what’s being taught. ExamSoft offers a Category feature that supports curriculum improvement and demonstrates student learning to accreditors. Creating categories is as simple as navigating to the Categories tab within the ExamSoft portal, clicking the Create New Category button, and entering your program’s preferred learning objectives. Nursing faculty can easily tie specific curriculum outcomes, accreditation standards, and even NBDE objectives to exam items to ensure that students are properly prepared to take on a career in dentistry.

5. Use in-depth data analysis to make a difference.

Moment of honesty: hours spent pouring over assessment data just isn’t the best use of your time. Especially if that data isn’t easy to understand. Our reporting tool provides easily digestible, in-depth data analysis that measures student performance from beginning to end and every test in between. Choose the Reporting/Scoring option from the drop-down menu on the Assessments home page to view reports ranging from Item/Question Analysis to Strengths and Opportunities, all of which help you provide the personal feedback your dental students need to hone their skills and lead successful careers.

For more tips on taking full advantage of all that we have to offer, visit ExamSoft University or feel free to shoot us a message with any questions you may have.

Happy testing!

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