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Multiple-choice drills are ideal for testing employee knowledge, but unknown answers can be guessed to give a false indication of knowledge. Certainty Based Marking overcomes this by asking employees to indicate how certain they are that their chosen answer is correct.

The Wranx platform uses this within assessments to identify exactly how strong employee knowledge is and to focus more attention on areas that need work.

Honest self-assessment

Without an incentive to do so, employees may not report their confidence in an answer accurately to achieve a higher score. A marking system weighted towards honest self-assessment ensures the accuracy of employee responses.

The weighted marking system that Wranx uses encourages more careful consideration of assessment questions among learners and provides a more reliable indication of learner competence.

Even learners value Certainty Based Marking

“The most valuable element of self-tests and CBM is perhaps to reward acknowledgement of uncertainty as something more valuable than self-confidence. Teachers often have trouble getting students to acknowledge uncertainty.”

Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology: What the research says, Tony Gardner-Medwin

Statistic

A University of Queensland study found that the majority of learners agreed that Certainty Based Marking is both easy to understand and useful.

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  • Organisations spend a lot of time and budget training their employees in a variety of fields, including compulsory training such as compliance or health and safety, and specific areas such as sales and product knowledge. Commonly, training involves assessment to confirm whether the information has been successfully learnt by employees and can be applied in the workplace.

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  • We recently sat down with Andrew Barker, Head of Academy at Tata Steel Europe. He spoke to us about the positive impact Wranx has generated for Tata Steel Europe and the learning benefits our platform has had for employees.

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  • As an alternative to traditional multiple-choice assessment, Certainty Based Marking (CBM) helps employees to learn in a more confident, considered and comprehensive way. The reasons for this – outlined in our blog post Certainty Based Marking and how it improves employee training – are that it requires learners to indicate the certainty of their answers and uses a scoring scale that encourages honesty in doing so.

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