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Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Examination

By Sandycoops Subscribe to RSS | June 8th 2012 | Views:

What a good Internet connection can offer users is inexplicable. But do you know that Internet has poked its nose into education systems as well?

Today online education is popular in many parts of the world. Because of its ease and convenience, lot of students prefer online education.

Internet seems to take over just about everything. Online education is also followed by online examination. Lot of students take up their examinations online in recent times.

Now what is online examination all about? What are the benefits on online examinations? Are there any disadvantages of taking up your exams online?

Here is a guide to these questions.

1.Advantages of Online Examinations

a)Quick Results

This is the main advantage of online examinations. The results are instant and you do not have to wait for days in suspense.

b)The Time Factor

When setting up an online examination each question can be timed differently. For instance if the objective type questions are allotted with 30 minutes, you can setup the software to lock the section after 30 minutes. Lot of creative things live giving warning 5 minutes before the time ends and many things can be done when online.

c)Accessible anywhere, anytime

If you have an open period test, the examination can be accessed from anywhere anytime.


When you are preparing online exams, you can be as creative as you please. You can introduce videos, audios, animations to set a really challenging question paper.

e)No wastage of paper

Without the use of paper for both questions and answers, you can set up as many questions as you want with a combination of challenges like objective questions, true or false questions and essay questions.

f)Overcome inabilities

Online examinations help in overcoming one’s inability to reach exam halls as in the case of disabled people. In a computer the contents on the screen can be enlarged to help people with partial blindness. A Braille keyboard can help people with complete blindness.

g)Easy grading and resulting

Your exam scores and grading is out in no time. Now you do not have to wait for months with suspense. Everything here happens instantly on the spot.

Let us know focus on the demerits of online examinations

1)Problems with connectivity:

The fate of your exam also depends on the fate of your Internet connection. Unless you have a fast and reliable Internet connection online exam is always going to be risky.

When you have a timed set of questions and your Internet is disconnected due to some issue, then you will have to take up the test again even if you are in the finishing stage. Another main disadvantage of Internet Examination is the fact that you have to remember the names of websites wherever you have to take up your tests.


Unless an examiner is present physically in your writing hall, it is almost impossible to stop malpractices like copying, referring on the net, teaching someone while writing exams etc. This is one of the biggest reasons for failure of this new concept – conducting examinations online and grading them.

Conducting exams online is one of the smartest ideas. A lot of people would have been benefitted if the concept had worked. Due to a couple of obstacles, the concept did not work well.

But that’s not the end. Going by the success of Internet and all the services it has offered over the years, the Online Examination service will also cover up its loop holes and come up as one of the best services.

Sandycoops - About Author:
Sandy Coops is a freelance writer and an active blogger. He pens on various Internet services.

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