What is an „on-line test”?

In our context a test is a type of assessment in the educational field. There are many other tests, like psychology tests, sport tests, medical tests, employability tests and many other – these will not be discussed here.

A possibly good definintion is: A test „is an assessment intended to measure a test-taker's knowledge, skill, aptitude, physical fitness, or classification in many other topics” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test).

An On-line test is an on-line assessment that is often called e-assessment, or electronic assessment. It is simply stating that the assessment is utilizing a computer or a computer connected to the network.

There are many aspects of testing, many classifications and areas that we will not deal with. Testing, measurement and evaluation methodology is a whole science. However we may state that:

  • Even with paper based tests there are some important technical rules related to question types that we can highlight.
  • With the introduction and ever growing use of on-line tests, we have to develope our knowledge related to their role, length, sequence, types, etc. Paper based testing experience is simply not enough in the on-line word.

More on this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_(assessment)#cite_note-1, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_assessment

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