Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Migration to Examplify Testing Application

At UMHS we are nearing the SofTest sunset planned for the end of this term (December 2017) and we want to ensure you are prepared for the change that’s coming! 

Beginning on January 4, 2018, ExamSoft's new testing application Examplify will be the only software available for test taking by UMHS students. We will no longer be using SofTest!

In order to familiarize yourself with the new interface, please take the time to view the Examplify Orientation PowerPoint Presentation. The presentation is also available on the LMS - see below for it's location in the drop down bar. Early next semester we will also hold a couple of Orientation sessions that you may wish to attend, so watch your emails for further details. 

Examplify is available for download by logging in to the UMHS Exam Portal, if you want to get a head start and try it out for yourself. Once you have downloaded the software to your laptop, take the Library Practice Quiz (password = libtestEX4) in order to familiarize yourself with the interface and its features. You can leave SofTest on your laptop for the remainder of the Sept 2017 semester and still use it to take you final exams. Having Examplify on the same laptop will not interfere with your SofTest application. Beginning in January 2018 however, please remove the SofTest application from your laptops.

If you have any questions about the transition to Examplify coming in January 2018, please contact me - Ann Celestine at the library or via email. 

I am confident you are all going to prefer this new interface!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

UMHS Rolls out ExamSoft for Computer Based Testing

As Block One day for the new May 2013 Semester fast approaches, UMHS is about to pass another milestone in it's continuing development as a premier institution of higher learning in medicine.
Having recently contracted with ExamSoft to provide UMHS with computer based testing capabilites, we are very excited to begin rolling out our use of the software this semester in the Accelerated Review Program (ARP), Med One, and Extended Basic Sciences One (EBS1) courses. Within the next year the plan is to have all our courses utilizing this electronic format, including with additional iPAD capabilites as ExamSoft rolls out its SoftTest-M App.

The advantages that come with the software are numerous, and were the motivating factors in the decision to move forward with this implementation at UMHS. Ultimately we anticipate student learning and performance to improve as well. Some advantages are:
  1. Enhanced feedback and reporting capabiiltes for students and faculty.
  2. Easy access to statistics and historical exam records.
  3. Question bank development capability.
  4. Enhanced curriculum management and review.
  5. Classification and tagging of questions.
  6. Audio, video and enhanced images in questions.
  7. Better preparation for students to sit the USMLE Step exams, as mimics the experience.  
  8. Increased exam security.
  9. Allows for continual question quality improvement.
  10. As exams are taken offline, dependance on internet access is reduced.
 To learn more about ExamSoft and SoftTest-M , I encourage you to read the excellent article recently published  in "Information Week" , by David Carr.

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