Using MegaExams

Exam Management Systems: FAQs and concerns

Author

Mit Kotecha

Date

September 13, 2019

Educators today face the prospect of replacing their time-tested methods and systems with new-age technologies and are often wary of them. They don’t want to risk the future careers of the students they teach with untested software and systems. However, today’s competitive exams have started to become more digitized and teachers and coaching institutions will find themselves left behind without an Exam Management System. If they don’t modernize, they will miss the opportunity to help their students perform better and achieve better educational outcomes.

Today’s teachers have years of experience in helping students perform better in examinations. They have an “if it isn’t broke, why fix it?” philosophy because they don’t want to risk the future careers of the students they teach with untested software and systems. However, today’s competitive exams have started to become more digitized and teachers and coaching institutions will find themselves left behind without an Exam Management System. If they don’t modernize, they will miss the opportunity to help their students perform better and achieve better educational outcomes.

Every day, we speak to dozens of teachers and educators from across India who are engaged in the noble pursuit of helping the young people of this country to unlock their potential. We believe that it is essential to address their concerns over adopting new technologies so we can help them get the best out of their students. With that in mind, we have listed some of the most frequently asked questions and given answers here to help our readers understand the value of exam management systems in education today.

What is an Exam Management System?

An Exam Management System (EMS) is a software platform meant to help educational institutions completely manage their testing and examination process. Good EMS platforms are designed to optimise the teacher and student experience, improving student performance while saving the teacher’s time and increasing the institute’s productivity. 

Different systems offer different features, but by-and-large EMS platforms provide educators the ability to build and conduct digital exams. MegaExams uses its massive question bank to automate exam creation and evaluation, with 250,000+ questions that cover topics for all of India’s most competitive and popular entrance examinations. Building exams for JEE, BITSAT, CAT, UPSC, NEET UG, NEET PG, MHTCET, GUJCET, VITEEE, KEAM, and KPSC can be made in minutes. 

My staff isn’t tech-savvy. How can I use MegaExams or any other EMS?

MegaExams is designed to be extremely user-friendly. Our dashboard is very easy to use, and staff at our 75+ partner institutions across the country have had no difficulty in using MegaExams. MegaExams is a user-friendly, zero-tech platform for users, and does not require any coding or any technical skills whatsoever.

When partners sign on with MegaExams, we take great care to help on their journey towards smarter examinations. Our in-house support team constantly works with our partners, their teachers, and their staff through every step of their use of our platform. This includes a comprehensive training program that helps staff use our platform to ensure a hassle-free onboarding experience. Our team is also available at all times to partners to clear doubts and offer guidance on using MegaExams and digital exams more effectively.

Effectively, if someone can use a computer, they can use MegaExams. If they can’t, we’ll be happy to help them learn.

Will this replace me/other teachers?

Let me make this clear – MegaExams was not designed for and is utterly incapable of teaching students. It is designed to be a tool for teachers to help them, and does not, will not, and can not replace them. The fact is that MegaExams is here to enhance a teacher’s productivity and cannot be used as any credible substitute. What it does is automate the most time-consuming and mechanical aspects of what a teacher does, freeing them up to spend more time working on their primary job – teaching and educating students.

How do we conduct online tests? We don’t have the infrastructure for it.

If you do not conduct online tests, we strongly suggest you start. Most competitive exams have already become computer-based, and the others are likely to become computer-based in the next few years. Computer-based exams are the future, and it is the need of the hour for institutes to start getting the infrastructure together. The premier institutions in India have already started using computer-based exams. 

Investing in this infrastructure now will save you money in the long run. It will prepare you for the inevitable use of computers for every competitive exam, helping your students perform better by providing them practice in attempting computer-based exams. Digital exams will also repay your investment in a short period of time by taking your paper and photocopying costs for exams down to zero. 

There are two ways we can help make the transition easier. First, we can guide you in the use of best practices we have learned from other institutions we work with on the economical use of digital examinations to help you recoup your investment faster. Second, we have partnerships with top providers in India who can supply you with tablets which are perfect to use with MegaExams, for creating, conducting, and attempting examinations. Reach out to us at support@megaexams.com, and we’ll be happy to discuss how we can work with you. 

Our internet isn’t stable. Does that mean MegaExams won’t work?

MegaExams is built to take up very little bandwidth. You don’t need a very fast or powerful connection to use MegaExams, and even weak connections will do. In fact, the platform mostly works offline – the internet is just required to pull the questions from the bank, to send the exam to students, and to collect the responses. 

Every day, we speak to dozens of teachers and educators from across India who are engaged in the noble pursuit of helping the young people of this country unlock their potential. We believe that it is essential to address their concerns over adopting new technologies so we can help them get the best out of their students. With that in mind, we have listed some of the most frequently asked questions and given answers here to help our readers understand the value of exam management systems in education today.

What is an Exam Management System?

An Exam Management System (EMS) is a software platform meant to help educational institutions completely manage their testing and examination process. Good EMS platforms are designed to optimise the teacher and student experience, improving student performance while saving teachers’ time and money. 

Different systems offer different features, but by-and-large EMS platforms provide educators the ability to build and conduct digital exams. MegaExams uses its massive question bank to automate exam creation and evaluation, with 250,000+ questions that cover topics for all of India’s most competitive and popular entrance examinations. Building exams for JEE, BITSAT, CAT, UPSC, NEET UG, NEET PG, MHTCET, GUJCET, VITEEE, KEAM, and KPSC can be made in minutes. 

My staff isn’t tech-savvy. How can I use MegaExams or any other EMS?

MegaExams is designed to be extremely user-friendly. Our dashboard is very easy to use, and staff at our 75+ partner institutions across the country have had no difficulty in using MegaExams. A competing exam management system may require coding. Ours doesn’t.

We also provide a short training program to help our clients understand and use the system, and our staff is always available to help in case there is still some confusion. Overall, we are confident that the platform can be used by anyone with even the most basic knowledge of technology – if they can use and are familiar with a computer, they can use MegaExams.

Will this replace me/other teachers?

Let me make this clear – MegaExams was not designed for and is utterly incapable of teaching students. It is an exam management system designed to be a tool for teachers to help them, and does not, will not, and can not replace them. The fact is that MegaExams is here to enhance a teacher’s effectiveness and cannot be used as any credible substitute. What it does is automate the most time-consuming and mechanical aspects of what a teacher does, freeing them up to spend more time working on their primary job – teaching and educating students.

Our internet isn’t stable. Does that mean MegaExams won’t work?

MegaExams is built to take up very little bandwidth. You don’t need a very fast or powerful connection to use MegaExams, and even weak connections will do. In fact, the exam management system platform mostly works offline – the internet is just required to pull the questions from the bank, to send the exam to students, and to collect the responses.

If you have any other questions, you should check our FAQs or write to us at support@megaexams.com – we’d be very happy to clear up any doubts you might have.

Mit Kotecha is the Chief Sales Officer at MegaExams.