Cognizant Softvision Helps Modernize the Test Day Experience
Testing Experience Improved for Students and Administrators
19 March 2019
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One of our clients is a non-profit organization that represents the most popular college entrance exam accepted and valued by all universities and colleges in the United States. The testing mechanism is based on what students learn in high school and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning.
- National leader in college and career readiness
- Began in 1959
- Offers 20+ programs and services, providing support elementary school through career
- Each year, millions take the test
- 7,000 test centers across the US
The company had a big goal, “Modernize the Test Day Experience.” They called on Cognizant Softvision for this challenge, which included building custom digital tools and platforms for all of their key stakeholders: test administrators and coordinators, students taking the exam, and company employees supporting test days from their “Command Center.”
COGNIZANT SOFTVISION’S SOLUTION
Cognizant Softvision walked our partner through the process to begin defining differentiated digital experiences or tools for test administrators, students, and the company’s Command Center. It was determined that our client would need several new software and technology solutions: test administrator mobile applications. In order to enable these applications, the required modernization of back-end systems, and a clear roadmap for how to deliver these experiences.
Cognizant Softvision curated two dedicated teams, or Pods, to develop the software and technology, starting with the Web and Mobile applications for the test administrators and coordinators.
The custom applications enable administrators to go through the pre-test planning process, manage the test day, and complete the post-test set of processes all digitally.
Cognizant Softvision Guilds:
Softvision’s practice areas, called Guilds, pull the right experts to build high-performing teams for our partners. Those agile delivery teams, or Pods, work as cross-functional teams to “Transform while they Perform.” Each Guild is a world-class community of expert talent in an area of expertise. For this partnership, the following Guilds have led the delivery success:
As we’ve rolled the digital programs out, the response from the test administrators has been overwhelmingly positive.
Jennifer Gidley, teacher and Test Center Supervisor spoke to Cognizant Softvision about her experience with the app.
“It was a real easy switch, and actually using the app took less time to set up than paper. The more digital you go, the less troubleshooting we have to do, which I think is a big help.”
Company leaders and executive sponsors are also thrilled with the results thus far.
Wes Lamarche, Lead Architect at the company said, “It’s everything I hoped for and more, and I believe it represents an opportunity for us to truly change not only the test day experience, but the way our technology organization learns and evolves to deliver digital product in a more predictable and scalable way.”
As we grow the program, new Pods are being implemented to further improve the test day experience. Cognizant Softvision is currently working with our partner to leverage innovation and build digital experiences and products that will remove any friction our client has in their everyday business.
Our goal is to enable deeper engagement with the students and test administrators. This includes everything from how the students register and check in, to how test coordinators organize seating. Cognizant Softvision is looking at how we can leverage augmented reality to allow administrators to use their tablets to see who’s sitting where and move students around dynamically both in the application and the physical environment. We’re also working on leveraging facial recognition technology that can automatically recognize a student, therefore making the check in process more efficient for both students and administrators.
These innovations represent an evolution of our relationship to a true transformational partnership. We are both excited to continue our relationship and look forward to the future of what test taking can be. For more on this Cognizant Softvision client story, watch our short video here.