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What are Unsupervised Tests?

Lead consultant at Test Partnership, Ben Schwencke, explains what are unsupervised tests.

2:01 Quickly understand unsupervised tests.

Unsupervised testing refers to a type of online ability testing that is conducted without the presence of a proctor or supervisor. This means that the candidate takes the test on their own, at a location and time of their choosing, without anyone monitoring their progress or ensuring that they are following the rules.

Unsupervised testing is often used in the context of recruitment, as it allows employers to test the abilities of potential candidates without the need for them to travel to a specific location or take time off work. This can save time and money for both the employer and the candidate, and also makes it easier for employers to test a larger pool of candidates. One of the key advantages of unsupervised testing is that it allows for greater flexibility and convenience for the candidate.

They can take the test at a time and place that is most convenient for them, and can also retake the test if they are not satisfied with their performance.

However, there are also some potential drawbacks to unsupervised testing. Without the presence of a proctor, there is a greater risk of cheating or other forms of misconduct. To mitigate this risk, many employers use item banked assessments, which give each candidate a unique set of questions. This reduces the benefit of candidate sharing and distributing leaked content beforehand, protecting the integrity of the assessments.