View Full Version : Building Online Test Service !!!!

03-04-2008, 10:04 AM
Hi to everyone on this pleasant looking forum.

This is my very first thread on this forum and looking for helpful guidance.

By profession i am a teacher and want to devolp an online test service. Presently, i am confused about its presentation i.e. Whether i should devolp a software that can extract pages or simply web pages. Actually, i am concerned about my contents safety.

Since database is not devolped yet. So what could be the best way to store data. I am using Excel. Is it OK or should some other option.

I will be grateful for any kind of guidance and help regarding any issue with that kind of service.

Thanks for giving your valuable time.

03-04-2008, 03:30 PM
Take a look at brainbench.com and various other online test systems. You might also want to look at blackboard - which is a cms for educational establishments, which has a basic online testing system.

I'm not entirely sure what your concerns are, content wise - could you explain more?

I don't think excel would be the best system to start with, even access would be better suited.

03-04-2008, 05:08 PM
There is also moodle which is open source. http://moodle.org/ its similar to blackboard.

03-04-2008, 05:24 PM
You also have other issues such as user registration, login, administering and controlling
tests taken and results. Are you going to be creating the tests, or other teachers?

It sounds like a huge project, and since there are already online test sites, you should
look at how they are done ... maybe even go as far as contacting the site owners.
Not sure if they will divulge their secrets, but it's worth a try.

I thought of doing the same thing once, but decided there was already too much
competition online, so I opted to find a niche where there was no available sources.
Turns out, teachers wanted to create their own bubbletest sheets for student practice,
so I came up with this: http://www.catpin.com/bubbletest

The online testing part seemed like a good idea, but administering the users, logins,
and test results was far too daunting. If you were to narrow-down your demographics
and focus on a "niche" not yet covered, you might have more success.

I neglected to answer your original question ... use PHP and MySQL database for storing tests,
results, users, etc. It's secure and easiest to administer online (using any computer).


03-05-2008, 09:05 AM
Thanks a lot for your helpful answers.

One thing more i.e. Hosting. Should your web server be geographically closed to your users.

Or geographic distance can be compensated in case of superior distant service.

03-05-2008, 02:27 PM
Other than things like underwater cables getting cut, like what happened
in India a couple months ago ... the internet is the internet. Even if you
live right next door, a packet of information may go all the way around the
U.S. before it gets to you. It's routed on whatever path it gets to.