The International Schools in Mumbai City has taken a new step forward to introduce on-screen examinations for the students.
The Cambridge International Examinations have introduced Board level checkpoint tests equivalent to exams taken by Class VII or VIII students at three schools in the country including two in the city.
E-assessment was also introduced by the International Baccalaureate in schools in their middle year programs. The schools which participated in the IBs World's first online assessment session in May 2016 included NES International School, Mulund, Ecole Mondiale and Juhu.
Almost 28 students of Class VIII took the Science test using computers at MET Rishikul Vidyalaya, Bandra which is one of the three Cambridge schools to have adopted the on-screen test. This year the students from the Podar International School, Santacruz will also take the English and Science tests on-screen.
During the test, for multiple-choice questions, the students will have to tick the right boxes and for the subjective questions, they will have to type the complete answer.
"We began trials around two years ago as Cambridge was testing out a new software. We have also been conducting our school examinations on-screen so that students get used to the change. Parents, too, needed a little convincing but now everyone is on board," said Vandana Lulla, director-principal, Podar International School.
The board plans to extend the practice to Cambridge IGCSE (Class X) and Cambridge International AS & A Level (Class XI and XII). The choice to opt this type of exam practice will remain with the school authorities.