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Frequently asked questions on Softexam

What is Softexam?
Is it a product by Microsoft?
Is this an experiment by Microsoft?
What does Softexam mean?
Does it support only Windows?
Is there support for open source?
Is it available only in English?
Is the questions prepared by Team e-biz?
Are the questions only related to Microsoft products?
Are the questions very simple?
How is it different from conventional method of conducting examination?
What are the benefits of conducting practical examination using Softexam?
Is this going to be used for the first time?
Is Softexam evaluated by any reputed software testing authorities?
Is it available only based on Microsoft .Net Framework?
Why are you using Microsoft .Net Framework?

 

  1. What is Softexam?
    First ever software program for evaluating IT Practical examinations in schools. It can also assist in conducting the Practical examinations and help teachers in preparing the Individual and consolidated mark sheet. The key part of this software is the tracking engine we have developed. It can track 3rd party applications like Microsoft Office package and open source OpenOffice. It is available for Windows and Linux platforms.

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  2. Is it a product by Microsoft?
    No. It is developed by Team e-biz Limited for IT @ School Project, Directorate of Public Instructions, Government of Kerala.

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  3. Is this an experiment by Microsoft?
    No. It is an attempt by the IT @ School Project, Directorate of Public Instructions, Government of Kerala to automate and standardize the evaluation of IT Practical examinations in schools. It is available for Windows and Linux, Microsoft Office as well as open source OpenOffice.

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  4. What does Softexam mean?
    The 'Softexam' stands for 'Software for examination'

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  5. Does it support only Windows?
    No. It supports both Linux and Windows from version 2.0 onwards.The schools can choose the preferred operating system.

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  6. Is there support for open source?
    Yes. Support for open source is available from version 1.0 onwards. The schools can choose the preferred office package (Microsoft Office or open source OpenOffice)

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  7. Is it available only in English?
    No. It is available in English, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada from version 2.0 onwards. Version 1.0 is available in English and Malayalam

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  8.  Is the questions prepared by Team e-biz?
    No.The questions were prepared by the experts of Kerala Education Department and SCERT. We developed the evaluation logic corresponding to the supplied questions. For example if the question is 'give fly from left animation to a presentation' we  develop the software code for evaluating the student activity to check whether the animation given is correct as per the question.

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  9. Are the questions only related to Microsoft products?
    No. The questions are common for Microsoft Windows and Linux. The same questions can be answered in Microsoft Office package or open source OpenOffice

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  1. Are the questions very simple?
    The questions were prepared by the experts of Kerala Education Department. The questions available in earlier versions like 1.0 and 2.0 are of higher difficulty level. Based on the feedback received after conducting these examinations and subsequent to the Government decision to reduce the maximum marks from 30 to 5 marks the Education Department decided to reduce the difficulty level in versions 3.0, 3.1 and 3.0.1

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  2.  How is it different from conventional method of conducting examination?
    There is no much difference except that the evaluation and report preparation is automated.

      CONVENTIONAL MANUAL METHOD SOFTEXAM
    1 Students choose the familiar operating system (Windows or Linux)

    Same as of manual method

    2 Students choose the familiar Language (English, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada)

    Same as of manual method

    3 Students choose the familiar Office Application (Microsoft Office or Open source OpenOffice)

    Same as of manual method

    4 The Teacher randomly selects the questions from the data bank of questions and provide them to the student The Softexam randomly selects the questions for the student from the data bank of questions and display it on the computer screen
    5 The students answer the question in the corresponding Office application (Word processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation etc. in Microsoft Office or Open source OpenOffice) as per the steps in the question.

    Same as of manual method

    6 The Teacher manually evaluates the answers and provide marks as per the department guidelines The Softexam instantly evaluates the answers and provide marks as per the department guidelines
    7 The Teacher manually prepares the Individual Mark Sheet The Softexam instantly prepares the Individual Mark sheet with step wise mark and explanation
    8 The Teacher manually prepares the Consolidated Mark Sheet The Softexam automatically prepares the Consolidated Mark Sheet
    9 The Teacher copies the answer files to the CD for future reference. Less secure The Softexam automatically stores the result and answer files in encrypted format for future reference. Highly secure.
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  3. What are the benefits of conducting practical examination using Softexam?
    Ease of use
    Less time consuming
    Accurate Evaluation
    Minimal Expertise
    Less Man Power
    Consistent Operation
    Highly Secure

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  4.  Is this going to be used for the first time?
    No. Softexam has been used 4 times before. It has more than 1,00,000 installations. Version 1.0 in February 2004 for 9th Annual examination, Version 2.0 in August 2004 for 10th First Terminal examination, Version 3.0 in December 2004 for 10th Second Terminal examination and Version 3.1 in January 2005 for 10th SSLC Model examination. We have considered all the feedbacks and suggestions received during these exams while developing the final Version for 10th SSLC public examination

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  5.  Is Softexam evaluated by any reputed software testing authorities?
    Yes. It has been 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

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  6.  Is it available only based on Microsoft .Net Framework?
    No. The Linux version is based on Java Development Kit (JDK) and the Windows version is based on Microsoft .Net Framework.

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  7.  Why are you using Microsoft .Net Framework?
    We use the latest and advanced technologies available in the market while developing applications in each platform. We used Java Development Kit 1.5 (JDK 1.5), the latest that is available from Sun Microsystems while developing the Linux version. Similarly we used Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1, the latest that is available from Microsoft while developing the Windows version.

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