SOLAR is an online assessment tool that provides summative and formative e-assessments. It’s based on banks of quality-assured question items. These e-assessments cover qualifications at all levels from SCQF level 2 to level 8.
The summative e-assessments are pre-verified — so centres know that quality is assured and scores achieved are correct. No post-delivery verification of assessments is required. This provides real benefits for both learners and learning providers. A full list of available assessments can be accessed at www.sqasolar.org.uk.
Formative e-assessments are available to support many subjects, such as:
- Internet Technologies, including Internet Safety
- Personal Finance
The formative e-assessments are quality assured, and provide detailed feedback for learners. Learners can access the assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using a browser and our Open Assess portal www.sqasolar.org.uk/openassess.
Each delivery of an e-assessment to a learner is dynamically generated by the system, based on pre-specified rules. We are also developing a range of web-enabled teaching and learning materials to complement these e-assessments and these will be available later in 2011.