University for Industry Case Study
Calibrand the currency for talent®, the performance technology and services company, is proud to be providing the online assessment application for the UK Citizenship test. The system is a specially tailored version of Calibrand Test deployed by the University for Industry (UFI Ltd) through 90 test centres on behalf of the UK Home Office.
In November 2004, the Home Office selected UFI/Learn Direct to arrange the development and administration of the 'Life in the UK Test' a formal online knowledge test to support the application process for naturalisation as a British Citizen.
Though well placed to deliver to this brief through its existing technical infrastructure, and centre network, UFI required an assessment management system to enable effective authoring, maintenance and delivery of the online tests. Due to the high-stakes nature of the tests, it was therefore essential that the system chosen was secure and robust, representing best practice in e assessment.
Following a six-week competitive selection process, Calibrand, the currency for talent, were delighted to be chosen to provide the system in May 2005.
The main purpose of the system is to facilitate the following processes:
- Online authoring/validation of test questions
- Maintenance of the question bank
- Automatic generation of tests
- Administration of system users (candidates/moderators/administrators)
- Administration of organisational units (UFI/test centres)
- Secure online delivery of tests to candidates
- Automated marking of tests
- Detailed reporting of test results and candidate performance
- Detailed reporting of question performance
- Auditing of test activity
- Equality of opportunity for all candidates, especially with respect to Disability Discrimination Act legislation.
The system delivers the tests from a central web-server across the Internet into approximately 90 test centres.
After a successful implementation, to aggressive timescales, the system went live, on schedule, on 1st October 2005.
Calibrand support staff have worked closely with our technical team and allowed us to concentrate on looking after our customer, the Home Office. - Michelle Gleadall (Project Manager, University for Industry)
The measures we are introducing today will help new citizens to gain a greater appreciation of the civic and political dimension of British citizenship and, in particular, to understand the rights and responsibilities that come with the acquisition of British citizenship. This will enable new citizens to play a full part in their wider community and will benefit both our society and economy. - Immigration minister Tony McNulty
The software implementation was completed in 5 months and by early 2006, over 2,000 tests per week were being delivered. Calibrand and UFI made a presentation of the project at the e-Assessment question conference in March 2006.
This has been an extremely successful project achieving its objectives on time and within OJEC budget limits. It is a remarkable example of a successful partnership between UFI and Calibrand, to deliver an important e-government contract. - Colin MacDonald (Head of the Life in the UK test programme, University for Industry)