Cairo University is the largest University in the Middle East and North Africa. It has 200,000 students and 20,000 faculty members. In 2020, the President of the University decided to digitize the learning and assessment processes at the University. The University purchased the Smart Campus platform, including the Assessment Gourmet ' and Backboard Learn ' systems. The assessment system will offer all formative and official exams for all colleges. It includes ten modules that enable the University to develop item banks and deliver both paper-based tests and online tests. Students can take their online exams on campus or from home. The System ensures a high level of security and stability. The assessment system is integrated with the learning systems to ensure ease of use.
Egypt: Cairo University Smart Solutions (2020-Present)
In an endeavor from the Faculty of Medicine at Helwan University to keep pace with international standards in medical education, the Student Measurement and Evaluation Unit was established to provide e-tests according to the latest procedures followed internationally and based on NARS guidelines. AGI's team worked in collaboration with the Unit's experts in developing question banks using the Assessment Gourmet system and creating test-forms. Then, online tests were given to the College students. Everyone's efforts were crowned with success, which was valued at the College and University level. Egypt: Quality Assurance Center, Helwan University (2018 - present).Helwan University was interested in e-tests early, establishing a Quality Assurance Center, whose role was to provide e-testing services for all Colleges in addition to standardized tests for the University students. After examining many of the software available in the local and international market, the Center chose to purchase the first edition of the Assessment Gourmet ' (On-Campus CBT Module, and it has been updated to the second version in 2020) to provide the e-tests. AGI's team and The Centers' experts worked in collaboration to support the Center's mission so that it was able to apply the first unified e-test to measure learning outcomes at the university level. The success story of the Helwan University Center is one of the distinguished stories, as the e-testing System achieved great success with the testimony of the academic staff and students.
Egypt: Faculty of Medicine, Helwan University (2018 - present)
The Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, was one of the first colleges in Egypt to pay attention to the advantages of using e-tests. The Intelligent Testing Gate (the first generation of Assessment Gourmet') was purchased in 2016, whereby the College and technicians of the Advanced Group for Information Technology (AGI) worked together to ensure the success of the e-tests experience for the first time in Egyptian universities (2016), and the Faculty of Arts initiative succeeded in applying the e-tests. The System was very effective during the first year and it was adopted as a basic evaluation method in the College. It saved the time, effort of the faculty members, and fasten the issuing of the results.
Egypt: e-tests at the Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University (2016-now)
The Suez Canal University has recently been interested in the Assessment Gourmet ' for item-banks and e-tests, as the University contracted with the Advanced Group for Information Technology (AGI) to supply the System to 16 colleges in the University in addition to training of the academic staff. The contract includes assisting the Colleges until they develop their question-banks for all courses and generate tests automatically based on blueprints, which guarantees high quality. AGI is now working with The Colleges to install the System and train faculty.
Suez Canal University
Egypt: Question and e-test banks at the Suez Canal University (2020-present)
The Faculty of Medicine at Beni Suef University is concerned with the development of the academic staff in the light of the directions of the Supreme Council of Universities, so the College contracted with the AGI to provide a set of training workshops on (a) building test blueprints, (b) writing quality questions in terms of the international standards and guidelines, and (c) creating equivalent test-forms. The faculty members were also trained in using the Assessment Gourmet ' (building question banks, delivery of e-tests, etc.). The e-tests was presented for the first time in the College for students of the third year in the Pharmacology course and success stories within the college followed.
Beni Suef University
Egypt: Question banks at the Faculty of Medicine, Beni Suef University (2019-present)
The SCE-ETAD at the American University in Cairo conducted a pioneering experiment in building a standardized test to measure the proficiency of English as a second language (SEPT). It has been developed in light of the CEFR Standards. ETAD started in 2010 to use the IBMP (Second generation of Item-bank module in Assessment Gourmet ') to develop its item bank and PBT exams. Since 2010, this test has been offered to a large number of university students (about 12,000 annually). ETAD has started in 2020 to use the latest edition of Assessment Gourmet ' to offer e-tests for the students. During COVID-19, AUC (ETAD) was the pioneer body in Egypt who offered At-home online exams (off-campus) using the platform. English and Arabic exams are delivered to hundreds of students each month successfully.
American University in Cairo (AUC)
Egypt: Evaluation, Testing and Assessment Department (ETAD) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) (2010-present)
King Khalid University purchased the Assessment Gourmet' Platform in December 2020 to be the first university in the Kingdom to use the third generation of the full assessment solution in developing tests for all its faculties, starting from January 2021. In the first phase of the project, it was successfully implemented. Instructors from five colleges were trained at the university level. The system was used to implement e-tests in the second semester exams of Spring 2021, despite the limitation of time and the challenges of training during COVID-19.
King Khalid University KSA
Saudi Arabia: King Khalid University E-Assessment (2021-Present)
The University of Tabuk has contracted AGI to supply IBMP (Second generation of Item-bank module in Assessment Gourmet ') and build the capacity of the faculty members in the preparatory year to develop question banks, achievement tests, and statistical analysis. The System was installed in 2016 on the University's servers and a training program was provided for more than 36 training hours for faculty members in the preparatory year where it covered several topics including building the structure of question banks, designing assessment frameworks (blueprint), composing questions, creating test-forms, analyzing tests using CTT and IRT, and selecting good questions to measure the level of students. International group experts participated in providing these training workshops and the workshops included many hands-on exercises so that the faculty members could successfully achieve the outputs of the training programs. The Preparatory-year team has been successfully using the System in building the exams each semester.
Tabuk University- KSA
Saudi Arabia: Question Banks at the University of Tabuk (2016- present)
The Qatar University Test Center contracted AGI to purchase the IBMP question bank system and ITG (updated to Assessment Gourmet), as the Center uses it to develop admission and placement tests at the university level for first-year students, for example, mathematics, English, Arabic, and other exams. The number of examiners is more than 2000 students annually and the tests include objective and essay questions. Remote technical support is provided in a way that ensures the continuation of the work.
Qatar University Testing Center
Qatar: University Testing Center (2015 - Present)
Under the umbrella and support of the World Bank, AGI presented the IBMP (Second generation of Item-bank module in Assessment Gourmet ') to the National Test Center of the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia, where the System was supplied to the Center with the provision of a set of workshops to developing PBTs and guidelines to write questions and test-form assembly. Two workshops were provided in Addis Ababa and Cairo. The Center's team has been successfully using the System in building the National Exam at the country level.
Ethiopia: Item-Banks for national Exams (2017- present)
The Ministry of Education in the State of Libya has contracted with AGI in2015 to use some of the System's modules with customizations to deliver the final exams for the preparatory and secondary certificates in all its scientific, literary, and religious departments. Various test-forms are automatically generated (a unique test-form for each student). Each student's booklet is printed from the System with his/her data. The System scores the students' answers and produces general results and statistics. The System has accommodated more than 70,000 students in all subjects. The test consists of objective questions (multiple-choice, more than one choice) and essay questions (short essay and long essay). The System has been operating efficiently since its establishment in 2015 and AGI's team is still providing technical support to the System.
Libya: Ministry of Education (2015 - Present)
Under the umbrella of the UNICEF, the American Institutes of Research (AIR) have worked on a project to develop national tests for all Indian states that rely on the use of question banks, creating test-forms and applying them to pre-university students all over India, and then analyzing the results using Item Response Theory models. The project management has chosen the Assessment Gourmet (Item-bank: IBMP) system because of its characteristics that meet all the project needs and the ability of the System to work in limited internet connectivity. The AGI provided the services of hosting the System on the web and offering training workshop in India, where AGI expert traveled to train MoE SMEs on building banks, writing and reviewing questions by multiple teams in different states, and creating and printing test images. Indian teachers and mentors have successfully used the System in building national tests in more than 10 courses in English, math, and Indian local languages. The System has demonstrated high efficiency, and the technical support team made great efforts in building capacities and in providing technical support remotely to the MoE team from July 2019 until now.
India: Pre-University National Exams (2019 - present)
Within the first stage of the two-year question-banks project, MoE in Bahrain requested Al-Ola Company, Advanced Group for Information Technology (AGI), and the American Institutions for Research (AIR) to work together to provide a set of training workshops for the experts of the Measurement and Evaluation Center in developing tests using question banks. IBMP (Second generation of Item-bank module in Assessment Gourmet ') was supplied to the Ministry before the start of training in a four-year contract. The training included how to build an item-bank, design a test blueprint, write items, and generate test-forms using the System. The System has been used during the four-year project to generate the exams for grades 9, 10, and 11.
Kingdom of Bahrain
Kingdom of Bahrain: Item-Banking MoE (2012-2015)