1. We have the full version of Quiz show at our high schools. (Cost about $700) It will read both banks and tests. This is nice because you can use it for test review. (Put the questions very large on the digital display) Most importantly the full version will keep the students in classes and after the students have "played" quiz show, you can get a goal summary report for the class by objective. It also keeps high scores for each class.
2. Vs 6.2 is a little different in how it exports and executes html files (study guides). I like the old method better.
3. I agree on the export method, except if the narratives, pictures are attached to each question there is less chance of losing them as you export to rft. Everything has plus and minus.
4. Itembank Warehouse
One of the things we use ExamView for is itembank warehouse. We can import old tests we had developed for benchmarks code the answers and objectives and the old test can become an itembank. This is done for US History and reading more than CTE.
But we do encourage the students to write questions for ExamView. We have had the best success with student written questions with Business Law, where the question bank is very thin. We let the students put their names on the first line in parenthesis, so they get credit for their work.
One of things any itembank/software program should be able to do is provide the questions in a shareable format (rft?) So they can be used with various new and future testing soft wares. The worst case scenario is when the question format becomes so proprietary that the vendor ends up owning the users work because questions can not be exported.
Do you know testing software that does not allow exporting of test questions?
A good thing about ExamView is that you can pick questions from several itembanks and include them in a new test. If you were in Computers Apps II and needed to make a test you could use both textbook provided questions, question you wrote and questions your students wrote. I just installed the "Core-Mathematics" itembank that the math department purchases for the middle school and high schools. Teachers can add a math question to every assessment just by selecting one and it will be embedded with the other questions.
You also can copy an itembank just like a text file and reedit the goals and delete questions then save it and you have a new bank. When I wanted to add course weight to the objectives in computer apps I, I was able to export the banks to rft, use search and replace to add the course weight to the objective. I was able to do all of this in about 30 minutes.
5. V6.2 and Plain Paper Scanning.
It is called a killer application. You can make a test with CMS95, but can you, just by selecting "print bubble sheet", print a preslugged answer sheet on plain paper on your classroom printer. No bubble sheets to buy and no student preslugging. The test can be scored in class with a normal windows sheet feed document scanner. We use hp5590 scanners, they cost about $225 per teacher. Each of
6. LAN testing replaced by "Online Course Management" systems, Connect Ed.
ExamView allows test to be given and take over a school network, this was a big issue before Blackboard and Moodle became popular. I think these "Online Course Management" systems will gradually replace ExamView, CMS95 and whatever testing software the state selects for CTE. They take some time to set up, but they can be replicated by unzipping a file. Imagine that our Computer Apps II curriculum comes to us as a zipped file with each unit linked to the resources, web links already tested and posted and unit/goal test already developed. All the teacher would have to do is unzip the file and populate it with students. The technology exists now, it just has to become the norm. They are becoming more and more the norm in colleges and Universities. I am happy that we can at least introduce our students to how these courses operate.