Pearson rolls out digital test in 'ambitious' exam overhaul

Pearson rolls out digital test in 'ambitious' exam overhaul

Pearson has rolled out a new fully digital test for Egypt’s schools as part of a project helping to reform the country’s exam system.

Working with the Egyptian Ministry of Education, the education firm is overhauling the way youngsters in grades 10 to 12 are tested, in what is set to be Pearson’s largest ever assessment contract.

The contract will see the company support development, delivery and marking of 125 million online assessments over a four-year period, in collaboration with York Press.

The new online tests cover all 13 subjects of the Egyptian curriculum and are designed to gauge students’ ability in a balanced way through open-ended questions. They replace the current system that has one final exam in each subject at the end of grade 12.

Before running the new series this summer, Pearson delivered a pilot in May for around 500,000 grade 10 students who took digital assessments using Samsung tablet devices.  

Pearson has also delivered an online marking system and is exploring whether the new techniques could be rolled out in other markets.

Rod Bristow, president of core markets at Pearson, said: “Pearson is proud to have partnered with the Egyptian government in one of education’s most ambitious digital transformation projects ever undertaken.

“The Egyptian Ministry of Education set out a remarkably ambitious and urgent vision for higher quality assessments to support deeper learning throughout the country, and I’m delighted we were able to play our part in designing the assessment methodology, in providing the technology platform, and in a successful outcome for students and teachers.”