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Early engagement notice for Exams management software and service

Early engagement notice for Exams management software and service

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is currently reviewing its exam delivery methods with a view to procuring a examinations system and service to manage a wide range of examination types (both digital and paper based) and to be delivered in a wide range of locations in the UK and globally.

The key features that should be supported include:

• Ability to support the administration and marking of digital and paper based exams with range of question types such as objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE), multiple choice questions (MCQs) and structured oral examinations (SOEs)
• Exam scheduling and candidate management
• Statistical reporting and analysis
• Digital result publication
• Ability to import existing assessment materials
• Question banking and web-based access for question authoring and version control.
• Ability to integrate via APIs with other software including curriculum management applications, exam centre delivery software and event management platforms

The College is also exploring whether the initial scope of the service will include the provision of remote and secure invigilated computer-based testing conducted at managed premises across the UK and internationally.

The key benefits are improving the assessment of trainee anaesthetists in the UK and globally through the provision of a robust, cost-effective, accessible and flexible exams systems and testing services as well as reduce the workload to College examiners and staff.

Please note: 

This notice is intended to allow interested organisations with appropriate expertise to outline their views and provide impartial information to the College with no commitment to themselves or the College and is not a call for competition at this stage.

Responses received as part of this exercise may be used to shape the College’s final specification of system requirements and scope any resulting procurement process.