FastTest has been ASC’s flagship platform for the past decade, securely delivering millions of exams, loaded with best practices like computerized adaptive testing and item response theory. FastTest is based off decades of experience in computerized test delivery and item banking, from MICROCAT in the 1980s to FastTest PC/LAN in the 1990s. And now the time has come for FastTest to be replaced with its own nextgen successor: Assess.ai.
With Assess.ai, we started by redesigning everything from the ground up, rather than just giving a facelift to FastTest. This leads to some differences in capability. Moreover, FastTest has seen more than 10 years of continuous development, so there is a massive amount of powerful functionality that has not yet been built into Assess.ai. So we’ve provided this guide to help you understand the advancements in Assess.ai and effectively select the right solution for your organization?
Will FastTest be riding into the proverbial sunset? Yes, but not anytime soon. For current users of FastTest, we’ll be working with you to ensure a smooth transition.
Important differences between FastTest and Assess.ai
|Availability||Cloud or On-Premise||Cloud only|
|UI/UX||2010 design with right-click menus||Modern Angular with completely new UX|
|Automated item generation||No||Yes|
|Test delivery methods||Linear, LOFT, CAT||Linear (LOFT and CAT in development)|
|Examinees||Not reusable (must upload for each test)||Reusable (can take more than one test)|
|Examinee testcode emails||Not customizable||Customizable|
|Accessibility||Time||Time, zoom, color|
|Widgets||Calculator, protractor||Protractor, calculator, scientific calculator|
|Content management||Folders||Orthogonal tags|
|Delivery languages||English, Spanish, Arabic||English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog|
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