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IT@school, Softexam

  • More than 1,25,000 installations
  • Successfully implemented in 5 examinations (9th Annual, 10th First Terminal, 10th Second Terminal, SSLC Model and SSLC Final) in around 2800 schools in Kerala
  • Softexam 3.0.1 was successfully implemented in 10th standard SSLC public examination in February 2005. In just two days more than 2,42,000 students and 1050 schools completed the practical examination.
  • First ever software program for conducting IT Practical examinations in schools with automated evaluation
  • Real-time tracking of 3rd party Office applications like Microsoft Office and open source OpenOffice
  • Support for Windows and Linux
  • Instant result announcement, Individual and consolidated mark sheet, Data encryption for security, Answer files retrieval for future reference and Easy installation package
  • Evaluated and approved by NIC (National Informatics Centre) and STQC (Standardisation, Testing and Quality Cerification), Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India.

The Client : IT @ School Project, Directorate of Public Instructions, Government of Kerala.

The Kerala Government has officially launched its ambitious programme to make school students computer literates. To complete its goal, the programme ‘IT @ School’ envisages making computer education part of the school syllabi from eighth standard onwards. Students of over 2,800 schools in the State get the benefit of the programme.

The programme does not perceive computer education just as a subject of study but it also aims at empowering students to use computers as excellent tools for education. By the completion, over 17 lakh students will have the computer training and awareness programme as part of their curriculum.


 
 

 

Demo for Students
Softexam 3.0.1
Windows
Linux

Project Background

In an attempt to modernise the educational system, the General Education Department decided to conduct software based examination for the students of 9th standard. The idea was to teach computers using computers and not using paper and pen. It was for the first time in the history of education in India that such an attempt was made. Soft Exam 1.0 was thus introduced for conducting online examination for the 9th standard students in around 2800 schools in Kerala.

Requirement

A software solution was needed for conducting examinations in computer. The solution needed to be available in CDs to be installed at all schools. It should be capable of tracking the activities done by the student in office packages like Microsoft Office and Open Source Open Office. The software was required to be available in such a way that there shouldn’t be any security lapses. Also it was needed within a very short period of time.

Team e-biz’s Solution

  • SoftExam 1.0 (for 9th Annual Examination)
    February 2004: For Windows (MS Office and Open Office)
  • SoftExam 2.0 (for 10th First Terminal Examination)
    August 2004: For Linux (Open Office) and Windows (MS Office and Open Office)
  • SoftExam 3.0 (for 10th Second Terminal Examination)
    December 2004: For Linux (Open Office) and Windows (MS Office and Open Office)
  • SoftExam 3.1 (for 10th SSLC Model Examination)
    January 2005: For Linux (Open Office) and Windows (MS Office and Open Office)
  • SoftExam 3.0.1 (for 10th SSLC Public Examination)
    January 2005: For Linux (Open Office) and Windows (MS Office and Open Office)

Softexam 1.0

   
For Windows Pinku
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Examination 9th Standard Annual-Information Technology
Platform Microsoft Windows
Languages English and Malayalam
Office Applications supported Microsoft: Office 2000 and Office XP
Open Source: OpenOffice 1.1
Application Tracking Word processor: Word 2000/XP and Writer
Spreadsheet: Excel 2000/XP and Calc
Presentation: PowerPoint 2000/XP and Impress
Release February 2004
Development time 1 Month

Features

  • Theory exam (Objective type)
  • Practical Exam (Office application skill tracking - separate tracking engines for MS Office and Open Office)
  • Data bank of questions prepared by experts of Kerala Education Department in English and Malayalam with random generation facility based on chapters and difficulty level
  • Exam Time tracking and multimedia alerts
  • Multimedia demo and online assistance
  • Grade calculation Engine
  • Instant Result announcement with grade details
  • Examination Mode and Result Mode
  • Answer files retrieval for future reference
  • Certificate printing
  • Result exporting
  • Result importing and consolidation
  • Individual and consolidated result reports
  • Data encryption for security
  • Easy installation package
  • 20 theory questions
  • 3 practical questions
  • Exam duration: 45 minutes; Max Marks: 50

Technology

Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0, C#, C++, VB, XML, SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine, ADO.Net, Flash

SoftExam 1.0 has two main modules – theory examination module and practical examination module. The software randomly generates questions and ensures that no two students get the same questions. In the theory part, 20 questions are randomly selected from a pool of 600 questions. These are multiple choice questions. The student needs to select the best answer from the choices. The software records the answers inputted by each student in its database. In the practical section, there are 130 practical questions as the student gets 3 questions (one each from topics like Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Presentation) from this pool. There are two sections viz, Microsoft Office and OpenOffice. The student can choose any one between these two sections. The software tracks the tasks performed on these applications by the student and evaluates the student’s performance. Tracking is done on Office applications like MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, OpenOffice Writer, OpenOffice Calc and OpenOffice Impress. SoftExam 1.0 then compares these with the correct operations and evaluates the performance of each student. SoftExam also has features to retrieve results, prepare certificates, printing of results / certificates, exporting / importing of results etc. Questions are encrypted for data security.

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Softexam 2.0

   
For Windows For Linux
View Demo for Students

Examination 10th Standard First Terminal-Information Technology
Platform Windows and Linux
Languages English, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil
Office Applications supported Microsoft: Office 2000 and Office XP
Open Source: OpenOffice 1.1
Application Tracking Word processor: Word 2000, Word 2002, Writer for Windows and Writer for Linux
Spreadsheet: Excel 2000, Excel 2002, Calc for Windows and Calc for Linux
Release August 2004
Development time 2 Months

Features

  • Practical Exam (Office application skill tracking - separate tracking engines for MS Office 2000, MS Office XP, Open Office (Windows) and Open Office (Linux))
  • Data bank of questions prepared by experts of Kerala Education Department in English, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil with random generation facility
  • Exam Time tracking and alerts
  • Demo and online assistance
  • Instant Result announcement
  • Examination Mode and Result Mode
  • Answer files retrieval for future reference
  • Enhanced Result exporting, importing and consolidation
  • Individual and consolidated result reports
  • Data encryption for security
  • Enhanced installation package
  • 3 pairs of questions; one from each to be answered
  • Exam duration: 45 minutes; Max Marks: 30

Technology

Windows Version: Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1, C#, C++, XML, SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine, ADO.Net, Flash

Linux Version: JDK 1.5, XML, Java, MySQL, jdbc, shell scripting, Flash

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Softexam 3.0

   
For Windows For Linux

Examination 10th Standard Second Terminal-Information Technology
Platform Windows and Linux
Languages English, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil
Office Applications supported Microsoft: Office 2000 and Office XP
Open Source: OpenOffice 1.1
Application Tracking Word processor: Word 2000, Word 2002, Writer for Windows and Writer for Linux
Spreadsheet: Excel 2000, Excel 2002, Calc for Windows and Calc for Linux
Presentation: PowerPoint 2000, PowerPoint 2002, Impress for Windows and Impress for Linux
Release December 2004
Development time 1 Month

Features

  • Practical Exam (Office application skill tracking - separate tracking engines for MS Office 2000, MS Office XP, Open Office (Windows) and Open Office (Linux))
  • Data bank of questions prepared by experts of Kerala Education Department in English, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil with random generation facility
  • Exam Time tracking and alerts
  • Demo and online assistance
  • Instant Result announcement
  • Examination Mode and Result Mode
  • Answer files retrieval for future reference
  • Enhanced Result exporting, importing and consolidation
  • Individual and consolidated result reports
  • Data encryption for security
  • Enhanced installation package
  • 3 pairs of questions; any 2 questions to be answered
  • Exam duration: 20 minutes; Max Marks: 5

Technology

Windows Version: Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1, C#, C++, XML, SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine, ADO.Net, Flash

Linux Version: JDK 1.5, XML, Java, MySQL, jdbc, shell scripting, Flash

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Softexam 3.1

   
For Windows For Linux

Examination 10th Standard SSLC Model-Information Technology
Platform Windows and Linux
Languages English, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil
Office Applications supported Microsoft: Office 2000 and Office XP
Open Source: OpenOffice 1.1
Application Tracking Word processor: Word 2000, Word 2002, Writer for Windows and Writer for Linux
Spreadsheet: Excel 2000, Excel 2002, Calc for Windows and Calc for Linux
Presentation: PowerPoint 2000, PowerPoint 2002, Impress for Windows and Impress for Linux
Release January 2005
Development time 1 Week

Features

  • Practical Exam (Office application skill tracking - separate tracking engines for MS Office 2000, MS Office XP, Open Office (Windows) and Open Office (Linux))
  • Data bank of questions prepared by experts of Kerala Education Department in English, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil with random generation facility
  • Exam Time tracking and alerts
  • Demo and online assistance
  • Instant Result announcement
  • Examination Mode and Result Mode
  • Answer files retrieval for future reference
  • Enhanced Result exporting, importing and consolidation
  • Individual and consolidated result reports
  • Data encryption for security
  • Enhanced installation package
  • Auto generated Terminal identification for smooth result consolidation
  • 3 pairs of questions; any 2 questions to be answered
  • Exam duration: 20 minutes; Max Marks: 5

Technology

Windows Version: Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1, C#, C++, XML, SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine, ADO.Net, Flash

Linux Version: JDK 1.5, XML, Java, MySQL, jdbc, shell scripting, Flash

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Softexam 3.0.1

   
For Windows For Linux
View Demo for Students View Demo for Students

Evaluated and approved by NIC (National Informatics Centre) and STQC (Standardisation, Testing and Quality Cerification), Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India

Examination 10th Standard SSLC Public Exam-Information Technology
Platform Windows and Linux
Languages English, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil
Office Applications supported Microsoft: Office 2000 and Office XP
Open Source: OpenOffice 1.1
Application Tracking Word processor: Word 2000, Word 2002, Writer for Windows and Writer for Linux
Spreadsheet: Excel 2000, Excel 2002, Calc for Windows and Calc for Linux
Presentation: PowerPoint 2000, PowerPoint 2002, Impress for Windows and Impress for Linux
Release January 2005
Development time 3 Weeks

Features

  • Practical Exam (Office application skill tracking - separate tracking engines for MS Office 2000, MS Office XP, Open Office (Windows) and Open Office (Linux))
  • Data bank of questions prepared by experts of Kerala Education Department in English, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil with random generation facility
  • Exam Time tracking and alerts
  • Demo and online assistance
  • Instant Result announcement
  • Examination Mode and Result Mode
  • Answer files retrieval for future reference
  • Enhanced Result exporting, importing and consolidation
  • Individual and consolidated result reports
  • Data encryption for security
  • Enhanced installation package
  • Auto generated Terminal identification for smooth result consolidation
  • Enhancements specific to SSLC public exam
  • 3 pairs of questions; any 2 questions to be answered
  • Exam duration: 20 minutes; Max Marks: 5

Technology

Windows Version: Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1, C#, C++, XML, SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine, ADO.Net, Flash

Linux Version: JDK 1.5, XML, Java, MySQL, jdbc, shell scripting, Flash

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