TAO Core

TAO‘s open source test creation software – simply download TAO Core and have your internal or external teams install and customize the platform.

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Explore the Possibilities of Open Source Assessment Technology

Our extensible open assessment software — TAO Core is the foundation of the TAO solution stack. Take control of your assessment system. Own every unique aspect of your testing experience. From hosting to customization and content. Whether you are piloting digital assessment in a small scale deployment or launching your first campaign program, TAO Core can help you get started.

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Collaborate with Peace of Mind. Build with Confidence.

The power behind TAO is open. This approach allows us to make our software highly-available to a global community of educators and learners — and means you are always in control of your online testing solutions.

Having delivered millions of tests worldwide, we know a thing or two about assessment — and we know that it can be complex. Luckily, our global TAO Community serves today’s leading institutions of all sizes. So you have the freedom to collaborate with peace of mind, access innovation faster, and benefit from technology that evolves with today’s learners.

Want to take TAO for a spin? Try out TAO Core in the Community Sandbox before downloading.

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Leverage your Own Technical Teams

Already have a dedicated IT team and software hosting environment in place? TAO Core is ideal for organizations that want to take advantage of their own resources to host and manage their assessment solutions. Have your internal IT department download, configure and install TAO or work with a 3rd party provider of your choice. Support resources specifically for TAO Core are available through the TAO Community.

TAO Core Features and Services

100% Open Source

Open source brings great technology and people together through a community where innovation thrives. Leverage the creations or support of other TAO Community members across the world. And, benefit from the inherent control, cost savings and flexibility of an open source digital assessment solution.

Interoperability through Open Standards

TAO is the only open source assessment platform built on QTI open standards from the ground up. Because of the platform’s open architecture, TAO is ready-made to integrate or sit on top of your existing solutions.

Community Support

Access free support for TAO Core via the TAO Hub. Resources include our step-by-step TAO user guide, troubleshooting instructions, the TAO Community forum and more.

Built-in QTI Item Types and Portable Custom Interactions

TAO comes with 17 technology enhanced QTI items (TEIs) and 4 portable custom interactions built-into the platform. Ranging from multiple choice items to complex simulations you can use these items to build hands-on, authentic assessments that reflect how students learn today.

In-Source your Solution

Leverage the security of your existing hosting infrastructure and the expertise of your team to manage your platform in-house.

Enhanced Choice

TAO’s open source test creation software offers you the most choice when it comes to running your digital assessment programs. From how you deploy your tests, to how you visualize your results data, TAO Core gives you the foundational tools and freedom to choose.

Implement Your Own Features

Extend the TAO Core source with new applications, features and enhancements to support continuous innovation in an ever changing education landscape.

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Download Core Edition 3.3

Download the TAO Core 3.3 Release Candidate below or from GitHub. Don’t forget to download the release notes. Installation instructions can be found in the Administrator Guide and additional documentation can be found in our User Guide and the TAO Hub.

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