Features

TAO is the leading Open Source assessment platform for Education, Career, and Industry Advancement. It is proven, feature-rich, and offers the most mature QTI authoring and test delivery system on the market.

New features are being developed all the time – please download the current Data Sheet here.

A Complete Assessment Solution

A Complete Assessment Solution

Create tests, register your test-takers, deliver tests online and aggregate results into reports when you’re done. And for users with more advanced needs there’s even a Workflow Assistant that helps to keep track of the process.

Author Simple and Advanced Items

Simple and Advanced Item Authoring

TAO supports all QTI interaction types. From multiple-choice to technology enhanced items there’s something for everyone. You can even import existing QTI items or tests directly in to TAO.

Preview Capability

Preview Capability

Easily edit and preview items, including scoring and variables collection. In addition, TAO lets you visualize items for a variety of target delivery devices and screen resolutions, including desktops, iPads and Android devices.

Portable Standards-Based TEIs

Create Portable Standards-Based TEIs

You can now create tests incorporating technology enhanced items (TEIs) built on the QTI PCI standard, and have them delivered through the TAO test driver. Because PCI is an IMS industry standard, it is now possible to make these items portable for third party QTI test drivers.

Compose Linear and Branching Tests

TAO makes it easy to select and group items to create tests. You can also create, import and export fully QTI-compliant tests, and define custom test types and test drivers too. Tests can be structured as linear forward, linear forward and backward, branching, or as a combination of linear and branching sections.

Computer Adaptive Testing

Computer Adaptive

TAO comes with a general-purpose CAT application programming interface (API) that enables you to plug-in your own proprietary or Open Source CAT engine. This way you have full flexibility and control over which adaptive test algorithms you want to use.

Schedule Tests for Online Deliveries

Online Test Deliveries

Allow access through any standard web browser, including lock-down browsers. Schedule test delivery in advance for individual or groups of candidates. Set timing constraints for test availability, duration of tests, and maximum attempts.

Deliver Tests to Mobile Devices

Mobile Device Support

All QTI interaction types are fully compatible with mobile devices. Deliver tests to iPad, Android and other leading mobile devices. Conduct online tests on student laptops securely, by combining TAO with lock-down browsers such as the free open source Safe Exam Browser.

Implement BYOD Test Solutions

Implement BYOD Test Solutions

Take advantage of the explosive popularity of consumer mobile devices. Use TAO to reduce your assessment delivery cost by implementing Bring Your Own Device solutions.

Generate Reports

Generate Reports

Run reports on individual test-takers or groups. Export raw test results to third-party statistical analysis and reporting tools. Report to various stakeholders with custom-designed data sets.

Intuitive User Interface

Intuitive User Interface

TAO’s intuitive point-and-click commands and on-screen editing make it easy to administer tests from a laptop, a school or company server, the cloud, or even Learning Management Systems such as Moodle.

Test-Taker Management

Test-Taker Management

Enter candidate data directly into TAO, or import it from a CSV file. Verify test-takers’ identity with usernames and passwords through TAO, or via third party applications that support the OAuth standard, enabling single-sign-on (SSO) via Moodle for instance.

Manage and Control User Access

User Access Control

Define user profiles based on roles and responsibilities. Assign and restrict access to user functions as well as item and test content, making sure your test content is fully protected.

Scale from Classroom to Nationwide

High Scalability

TAO’s test delivery engine is built on a NoSQL data storage model, enabling you to scale with confidence from classroom to nationwide. Should a test unexpectedly be interrupted, TAO’s built-in fail-safe mechanism ensures that candidates resume the test exactly where they paused.

Customizable Workflows

Custom Workflows

Since TAO is Open Source and completely customizable, you are free to design your own custom workflows to meet the particular assessment needs of your organization.

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