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What’s the difference between Assess.ai and FastTest?

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FastTest has been ASC’s flagship platform for the past 11 years, securely delivering millions of online exams powered with computerized adaptive testing and item response theory. FastTest is based on 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 Fastest 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 guarantee a smooth transition.

Important differences between FastTest and Assess.ai

Aspect FastTest Assess.ai
Availability Cloud or On-Premise Cloud only
UI/UX 2010 design with right-click menus Modern Angular with completely new UX
Item types 12 50+
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 test code 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

There are of course many more differences. Want to hear more? Email solutions@assess.com to set up a demo. 

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Nathan Thompson, PhD

CEO at Assessment Systems
Nathan Thompson, PhD, is CEO and Co-Founder of Assessment Systems Corporation (ASC). He is a psychometrician, software developer, author, and researcher, and evangelist for AI and automation. His mission is to elevate the profession of psychometrics by using software to automate psychometric work like item review, job analysis, and Angoff studies, so we can focus on more innovative work. His core goal is to improve assessment throughout the world. Nate was originally trained as a psychometrician, with an honors degree at Luther College with a triple major of Math/Psych/Latin, and then a PhD in Psychometrics at the University of Minnesota. He then worked multiple roles in the testing industry, including item writer, test development manager, essay test marker, consulting psychometrician, software developer, project manager, and business leader. He is also cofounder and Membership Director at the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (iacat.org). He's published 100+ papers and presentations, but his favorite remains https://scholarworks.umass.edu/pare/vol16/iss1/1/.

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