Prometric Records Over 300,000 Computer-based Academic Admissions Tests Within a Two-Month Window
Prometric, trusted provider of market-leading test development and delivery solutions, today announced the successful conclusion of a two-month testing window that saw over 300,000 candidates completing admissions tests for gaining entry into postgraduate programmes in India.
With over 20 years of experience in helping organisations around the world create and deliver exams that accurately measure the skills, knowledge and abilities of students and working professionals alike, Prometric was selected by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and National Board of Examinations (NBE) to reliably administer a series of business and medical postgraduate admissions tests including the Common Admission Test (CAT) and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduates (NEET-PG).
The need to accommodate such a large number of candidates within a short period of time without compromising the integrity of the testing process led Prometric to identify and set up temporary test centres across multiple cities, for the duration of the testing window. While the majority of these were academic colleges which were selected based on strict site infrastructure and technical requirements, Prometric also utilised its state-of-the-art testing facilities in Gurgaon and Hyderabad, for the administration of these highly critical assessments. From installing biometric devices and software, to cameras for monitoring and recording candidate behaviour, and training and certifying thousands of test centre staff, Prometric enforced stringent security policies and procedures that serve to protect the integrity of each testing programme.
“Prometric has been following these established global best practices of computer-based testing for decades, and we are committed to protecting the experience of genuine candidates and ensuring that nobody has an unfair advantage. Our ID Management Solutions help safeguard against fraudulent test-takers by allowing us to verify the identities of individuals and identify those who had previously taken a test with us. In the case of IIM’s and NBE’s exams where candidates are only allowed to test once within each testing window, this is an essential tool in ensuring that any attempts at dishonest behaviour can be dealt with appropriately by the respective test sponsor,” said Michael Brannick, President and CEO of Prometric.
Similar to academic exams Prometric conducts year-round through its secure network of approximately 8,000 test centres in more than 160 countries, each of these recently concluded admissions tests in India was delivered with levels of quality and security that are equivalent to global standards.
“Working with temporary test centres and public infrastructure meant that we had to be extremely diligent in resolving any operational and technical issues as they surface during the test, in order to ensure every single candidate gets the opportunity to test within the fixed window. We are pleased that all eligible candidates who showed up on time were able to complete their tests,” said Soumitra Roy, Managing Director, Prometric India.