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Randomised Tests vs. Adaptive Learning

26 March 2010
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Wi-Fi Truro College

We’re very pleased to announce a significant new feature that we’ve released today. It’s called Adaptive Learning and it delivers a huge step forward in personalising the study programme for each student.

You may already be familiar with how static media like CD-ROMs present practice questions. Basically the computer chooses a random set of questions from a large database. The problem with this approach is that the CD-ROM software isn’t able to remember the student’s test history and therefore the study programme isn’t personalised to the their needs. For example, if a student is clearly struggling with questions about motorway rules then shouldn’t future tests reflect that and focus on testing this weakness?
Adaptive learning means that each student has a personalised study programme that is tailored to their needs. Test questions are intelligently selected based on past performance rather than being chosen at random.

And that’s exactly what adaptive learning does. Instead of randomly choosing questions, Theory Test Pro will intelligently select questions that students have previously answered incorrectly and choose areas that the student needs to focus on.

The technology is doing some pretty heavy processing. To produce a test tailored for any given student, the adaptive learning algorithm needs to process through a database containing millions of individual results.

This feature is already live in both GoCitizen.co.uk and Theory Test Pro. If you’re already a subscriber to either of these services then this upgrade is included as part of your subscription.

We hope that this makes taking tests far more satisfying and more personalised. We’d welcome your feedback on this – so feel free to contribute any comments below.

Photo credit: flickr.com/jiscinfonet // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

7 Comments leave one →
  1. dulcedondo permalink
    26 March 2010 12:29 pm

    its really helpfull, i am improving

  2. 26 March 2010 8:22 pm

    this is a great idea, and hopefully will help me alot in the next couple of days before my theory test!

  3. 27 March 2010 6:51 pm

    Brill site have enjoyed learning again, i think it has brought me back up to scratch with my driving again.

  4. 27 March 2010 7:53 pm

    Yes i like what I am seeing all through the test. This website has contributed a great deal on my driving theory skills and I past my first theory but didnt pass the Hazard perspective. I will try again. Do make the Harzard Percpective download quicker, it takes ages to do so. I use a laptop, i dont know why it takes ages to download. Over all the services of the Library is so marvelous! Keep it up.

    • Henry permalink
      30 March 2010 12:27 pm

      Hi Laetitia, Thanks for your feedback. Yes, we’re aware that the hazard perception can sometimes take a while to download. We’re looking into this.

  5. sarah permalink
    30 March 2010 12:53 pm

    i passed my theory test today all thanks to this website, thank you it really helped.

  6. 31 March 2010 12:59 am

    This is brilliant and cheapest way to study the theory test,would highly reccomend it.

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