Evaluation of Skills

Main points

“Evaluation of Skills” is test taking software that I developed for the evaluation of prospective and current employees and as an educational toy. You can download an evaluation version of Evaluation of Skills from the link. If you decide to buy the software, email me to arrange payment details. (I accept PayPal payments). After that, I will email you the registered version of the software. “Evaluation of Skills” costs 20 euros.

“Evaluation of Skills” is free for those who have been following my blog so far

I have an important announcement to make. I have just finished developing a new application called “Evaluation of Skills” that helps in giving tests. Although this is an application that you have to buy from me in order to use, I provide this application free for all those who have been following my blog so far. This is my way of saying how much I appreciate the ones who have been doing this tremendous honor to me of following my blog.

If you are one of those who have been following my blog so far, first of all, thank you! And you are entitled to a free registered copy of “Evaluation of Skills” for the rest of your life. To get your copy, you will have to provide me with an email address at which to send you the software (the software is very small in size and details about it will be provided in this blog post). The address that you provide has to be such that I can verify that it belongs to you. Those that follow my blog are either Email-only Followers or WordPress.com Followers. For the Email-only Followers, I already have your email address, so all you have to do is send an email from that address claiming, nay, demanding, your copy of the software. For the WordPress.com Followers, I either have your blog URL address or your Gravatar URL address. Either way, please send me an email from an address that I can verify (by looking at your blog or Gravatar) that it belongs to you. In your email, please explain how I will be able to verify that this is your email address. For example, you could write in your email that this email address is listed in your “About Me” blog page. Or you could write that your email address is listed in your Gravatar. Please try to make it easy for me to verify that your email address belongs to you.

Licensing terms for “Evaluation of Skills”

“Evaluation of Skills” is software that I have created and comprises two executable files, as well as files that comprise an example exam and its answers. Everyone can download the two executable files and the example exam and evaluate the software for as long as they like. The two executable files (Evaluation.exe and Assessment.exe) have all the functionality of the registered ones, but they also contain labels and messages that state that they are unregistered. The only way for someone to get the two registered executables is for me to send them to her by email.

When you download the evaluation version of the two executables, you may test them for as long as you like. You may not use them in a “production environment” meaning that you may not use them for actual evaluation of students, candidates, employees, prospective employees, or friends. Each copy of the software may be used by only one evaluator. Thus, an evaluator may buy the software and use it to evaluate as many people as she wants for as long as she wants. But she may not give the software to another evaluator.

The same applies for any company. Any company can buy the software and give it to one evaluator. If the company wants to provide the software to two evaluators concurrently, then the company must buy two copies of the software. Thus, a company must buy as many copies of the software as the number of evaluators that will be giving and evaluating tests concurrently.

If a person buys the software, she is able to use it anywhere she wishes. Thus, if she is a teacher in a school in the morning and a hiring manager in a company in the afternoon, then she may buy only one copy of the software and use it in all her jobs, as well as in her house, giving tests, to her family, relatives, and friends.

But a company (or school) may give only one copy of the software to one evaluator and the evaluator may only use it inside the premises of the company (or school), in order to evaluate employees and prospective employees (or students). Thus, a company or school must buy as many copies of the software as the number of concurrent evaluators that they have. A company owner or a school director must buy a different copy of the software for his family to use in her home.

“Evaluation of Skills” is great not only for every company but also for every family. If a member of a family buys the software for her family, then she may grant the right of being an evaluator to every person in her family.

The same restrictions and rights apply to those who will receive the software for free. These include those who have been following my blog up to this day.

The need for “Evaluation of Skills”

“Evaluation of Skills” is great software that lets you give tests to people. You create the tests and the software provides an environment in which the test taker can take the test using a computer. There can be a lot of fun in designing exams and giving exams, as well as in taking them. Anyone can take exams, from small children to grown adults. And anyone can design exams, because, as you will see, “Evaluation of Skills” has very few and very easy rules.

Although in a family or educational setting, “Evaluation of Skills” can be fun and exciting, in a work place “Evaluation of Skills” can be extremely useful. An employer can evaluate any prospective employee using “Evaluation of Skills” using a test that the employer designed for the specific responsibilities. It is very useful to expose each prospective employee to a testing experience, because this gives the employer a lot more input concerning the candidate’s behavior (first and foremost) and, also, knowledge. “Evaluation of Skills” lets the examinee take a test and then lets the evaluator sit together with the examinee and discuss how the examinee did for each and every question.

Thus, “Evaluation of Skills” fosters an open environment where discussion in retrospect with the examinee about the exam is paramount. Thus, “Evaluation of Skills” is unsuitable in educational environments where teachers and professors want to easily grade a lot of examinees. “Examination of Skills” opposes the meat grind approach of massive evaluation of examinees and instead fosters and environment where each examinee will sit together with the evaluator and discuss each and every question along with the answer given.

Description of the software

Later on in this blog post, I will discuss how to create tests. In this section, I will discuss how to use the software in order to give an existing test to an examinee and in order to evaluate the examinee afterwards.

The test taking portion of “Evaluation of Skills” is handled by the executable named Examination.exe. The test evaluation portion of “Evaluation of Skills” is handled by the executable named Assessment.exe.

Initially, we welcome the examinee and start Examination.exe. The first window that opens is the following:

Examination1

Here, the examinee must first enter her name. We need her name in order to search for an exam report for a crashed, unfinished, or even finished exam that she might have been taking previously. Then the evaluator, together with the examinee, should choose an exam folder (one exam folder contains only one exam) that corresponds to the exam that the examinee is about to take. In the window, information will be displayed showing whether this is the first time the examinee takes this test or whether an exam report already exists in the folder that contains the Examination.exe executable. If no exam report exists in the executable’s folder, one will be created for this examinee and test. The exam report’s name will be like: examinee name – exam folder name.txt. In the next two examples, the exam report’s name is “Dimitrios Kalemis – Exam 1 – General questions.txt”. This is because the name the examinee entered was “Dimitrios Kalemis” and the exam folder chosen was named “Exam 1 – General questions”.

The following window corresponds to the case the Examination.exe folder initially has no exam report named “Dimitrios Kalemis – Exam 1 – General questions.txt”.

Examination2

The following window corresponds to the case the Examination.exe folder already contains an exam report named “Dimitrios Kalemis – Exam 1 – General questions.txt”, probably because the examinee restarted the Examination.exe executable.

Examination3

After the examinee presses “Begin examination”, the exam report is created if it does not already exist, and the test begins. This is the window that appears with the first question and its four proposed answers:

Examination4

Each time the examinee presses a button, the exam report is updated with the answers the examinee has given so far.

The examinee may select an answer by clicking one of the four radio buttons. Then the examinee may proceed to the next question, by pressing the “Next question >” button. But even if the examinee does not select an answer, she may proceed to the next question.

Even if the examinee selects an answer, she may change her mind and select a different one. If she decides to leave that question unanswered, for later review, but she has already chosen an answer, the radio buttons alone make it impossible to unselect each and every answer. That is, although each question begins will all radio buttons cleared, once a radio button has been selected, for it to be unselected demands that another radio button has to be selected. But what if the examinee wants to clear all radio buttons, thus returning the question to its original unanswered form with all radio buttons cleared? This is what the “Delete answer for this question” button achieves. This button is located in the upper middle part of the window.

In the previous window, the “< Previous question” button is disabled, because this is the first question. If the examinee presses the “Next question >” button, the window will change its appearance to the following:

Examination5

The examinee can move forward to other questions by pressing the “Next question >” button and can go backwards to questions with smaller number by pressing the “> Previous question” button. When the examinee reaches the final exam question, the window will have this appearance:

Examination6

As we can see, in this window the “Next question >” button is disabled, because this is the last question. At any point during the exam, and especially here, at the last question of the exam, the examinee may press the button “Go to the list of the questions” in the upper right corner of the window. This button will take the examinee to a different window where she will be able to see the list of all the question numbers, along with all the answers she has given thus far.

Examination7

In this window, the examinee sees that she has answered question 003 and question 004, and she also sees her answers. She chose B for question 003 and C for question 004. Again, let me point out that the examinee can go to this window at any time, even each time she answers a question. This window lets the examinee advance through the exam with a nonlinear fashion (that is unlike the liner fashion that the “previous” and “next” question buttons allow). Using this window, the examinee can select a question number from the listbox and go to that question by pressing the button “Go to question”. Also, the examinee can return to the question that she was when she invoked this window, by pressing the button “Return back”. Finally, the examinee may end the exam by pressing “End Exam”.

The examinee may also end the exam from the window that displays the questions, by pressing the window’s red x system button in the upper right corner. But the best way to end an exam is by first navigating to the window above, since the examinee has a complete view of what has been answered and what remains unanswered.

After the examinee finishes the test, the evaluator should take her exam report from the folder that the Examination.exe executable resides and transfer it to where it is accessible to the Assessment.exe. Then, the evaluator along with the examinee should sit down and go through the examinee’s answers, with the help of Assessment.exe. Let us see how this is possible.

First of all, when Assessment.exe runs, the following window appears:

Assessment1

The evaluator has to be very careful here, because this is where most mistakes occur.

First, the evaluator has to select the examinee’s report by using the “Reports…” button. The box in the form will list the contents of the examinee’s report. In our case the evaluator has to select the text file named “Dimitrios Kalemis – Exam 1 – General questions.txt”.

Then, the evaluator also has to select the folder of the exam that the examinee took by using the “Exams…” button. In our case, the examinee took the exam contained in the folder titled “Exam 1 – General questions”. Thus the evaluator has to select this folder.

After that, the evaluator has to select the text file that contains the correct answers to the exams questions by using the “Answers…” button. We have not talked about this file yet. Later on in this blog post, I will explain how an exam is created and how a correct answers file corresponding to an exam is also created. For now, let us suppose that an answers file for the exam exist and is titled “Exam 1 – General questions – Answers.txt”.  The evaluator has to select this file using the “Answers…” button. The evaluator, at this phase, has to be careful so that she does not select the examinee’s exam report again in place of the correct answers file.

Now the program has all the information it needs to calculate the examinee’s score, and display each and every question along with the answer the examinee gave and with the answer considered correct. Obviously, the program takes the examinee’s answers from the examinee’s report, the exam questions from the exam’s folder, and the exam answers from the exam’s answers text file.

Assessment2

The interface lets the evaluator select a different report, exam, and answers file each time she presses the buttons in the upper part of the window. But when asked to evaluate the score or begin the assessement (the two lower buttons), the last selection of each of the three upper buttons will be effective.

By choosing the button “Calculate score”, the examinee’s score will be calculated and displayed inside the form’s box. The score contains the total number of questions, the number of correct answers, the number of incorrect answers and the number of unanswered questions.

The Assessment.exe makes no writes anywhere. The exam report remains intact and nothing is written in it. No changes whatsoever are performed with Assessment.exe. Thus, the examinee’s score is written nowhere. It is just displayed in the form’s box, until the window closes. But of course, given the exam report, the exam folder and the correct answers file, the examine’s score can always be calculated again. Just keep in mind that the Assessment.exe makes no changes whatsoever. It is always safe to run it.

Assessment3

By pressing “Begin assessment”, the evaluator, along with the examinee, can see each question, its correct answer and the examinee’s answer. Here is how.

The assessment part of the evaluation has the same interface as the examination part, but no answers can be given and no changes to the exam report can be made.

For the questions that were unanswered, this is what the evaluator and the examinee will see:

Assessment4

As we see, a label “Unanswered” with red background color is displayed. The correct answer has a green background color.

For those questions that were answered correctly, this is what the evaluator and the examinee will see:

Assessment5

They will see no red color whatsoever, which means that the question was answered correctly.

For those questions that were answered incorrectly, this is what the evaluator and the examinee will see:

Assessment6

The incorrect answer the examinee chose will appear with its radio button checked and with red background color. The correct answer, as always, has a green background color.

Please note that if the question was answered correctly, no red color appears. If the question was unanswered or answered incorrectly, red color appears (either as background to the label “Unanswered” or as background to the incorrect answer). Thus, the appearance of red color means some kind of failure for the corresponding question.

During the assessment, the evaluator can always press the button “Go to the list of the questions”. In this window, the evaluator will see what the examinee would see at the end of the exam. The evaluator can use this window to navigate through the exam questions in a non linear fashion (i.e., in a random access fashion).

Assessment7

Again, do not fear to run Assessment.exe, because it makes changes to no file whatsoever. It just displays information. And the score that it calculates when the evaluator presses the “Calculate score” button is kept nowhere and is only displayed in the box of the first window.

So, this completes the exhibition of the software. Keep in mind that the examinee can close the Examination.exe executable and open it again as many times as she likes. The exam report is saved at the same folder that contains the Examination.exe. When the Examination.exe finds in its folder a report named after the examinee and the exam, it opens it instead of creating a new exam report. Thus, the examinee’s answers are saved and available. This means that an examinee can add, change, or unanswer to the questions she has answered each time she retakes the exam with her exam report in the Examination.exe’s folder.

Although the exam report can be used to save the answers the examinee gives and can be reused when the examinee restarts the exam, this does not mean that the environment the examinee uses can be one that does not have protection from failure. Actually, the examinees should take every exam in a computing environment protected with a UPS (Universal Power Supply) so that no power failures occur. If a power or disk failure occurs during the time the exam report is written to (by Examination.exe), that can certainly corrupt the exam report beyond any repair.

For the record, please note that the exam report is not updated when the examinee clicks a radio button, but is updated when the user does any other action, like pressing a button or closing the window. Thus, if a power failure occurs, the examinee should afterwards check that the last question she was answering has indeed an answer that was kept in the exam report.

How to create your exams

“Evaluation of Skills” comes comes with an exam I created and named “Exam 1 – General questions”. You can use this exam as a guide as to how to create your own exams. Of course, you may use “Exam 1 – General questions” to evaluate people, if you want to. And you can create other exams of your own as well. Actually, I let anyone create exams for “Evaluation of Skills” and sell them to anyone else, and I will never want or claim any share from their profits.

But it is easy for anyone to create exams for “Evaluation of Skills”. I developed “Evaluation of Skills” in such a way as to make the process of creating exams  for “Evaluation of Skills” extremely simple.

First of all one exam corresponds to one folder and the exam’s name is the folder’s name. In the folder there are text files named sequentially: 001.txt, 002.txt, 003.txt and so on. Each file has a three digit name and a .txt extension. Each text file corresponds to an exam question. No other text files are allowed in the exam folder. Apart from text files, only image files are allowed in the exam folder. We will come to those, later on.

An exam can have from 1 to 999 questions. Thus, an exam folder has the following text files: 001.txt and so on. An exam folder for a test that has four questions must have the following text files: 001.txt, 002.txt, 003.txt, and 004.txt. Again, no other text files are allowed in the exam folder.  The text files have to be named sequentially starting from 001.txt and each text file has to have a name of three digits exactly and, after that,  the .txt extension.

The smallest exam is an exam with only one question. For such an exam, its folder will only contain one text file: 001.txt. The largest exam is an exam with 999 questions. For such an exam, its folder will contain 999 text files: 001.txt, 002.txt, and so on until 999.txt.

Again, no other text files are allowed in an exam’s folder. And the names have to start from 001.txt and be sequential.

Each text file contains one exam question. But there are two types of exam questions. One is the type that has text as the question. The other is the type that has an image as the question.

Let us see examples of both contents of files.

Question
How many different ways can 4 people sit on a couch that has four seats?
Answers
A. 16 different ways.
B. 20 different ways.
C. 24 different ways.
D. 28 different ways.

The previous text file contains a question that is written in text. Its first line must be the word “Question” with no spaces or extra whitespace. Its second line must contain the question. Actually, the wording of the question can occupy more than one line. Then, we have a line with the word “Answers”. As with the first line, this can contain no spaces or extra whitespace. Then, four lines must follow, each with one of the proposed answers. The first three letters of each of these four lines are discarded, but are there to help those that read the files. The answers are in order: A. B. C. and D.

Each answer must occupy only one line.

Thus the format is conceptually the following:

Question
<One or more lines with the wording of the question>
Answers
A. <First proposed answer>
B. <Second proposed answer>
C. <Third proposed answer>
D. <Fourth proposed answer>

The second type of question is the one where instead of words, we have an image. In such a case, no words are permitted. Thus, either the wording will be included as part of the image, or the answers will provide enough information for the examinee to understand what the question is.

In the case where the question is an image, the first line must not contain the word “Question”. Instead it must contain the word “Picture”. No spaces or whitespace are allowed.

Then, in the next line, the name of the picture must be given. No path information is needed. Instead, an image with that name must exist in the exam folder. In the example below, the picture that will be displayed is named 001.png and must exist in the exam folder. The name of the picture does not have to match the name of the text file. The name of a text file is the name and number of the question, but a picture-type question can use whatever picture file name it wants. Actually, we can use the same image file in many different picture-type questions, if we wish to do so.

In picture-type questions, only one line is allowed between the “Picture” line and the “Answers” line. Indeed, only one line is enough to hold the name of the picture that will be displayed.

After the line “Answers”, the same rules apply as with the wording-type questions.

Picture
001.png
Answers
A. England's clocks show a later time than India's clocks, because England is higher than India.
B. England's clocks show an earlier time than India's clocks, because England is higher than India.
C. India's clocks show a later time than England's clocks, because India is to the right of England.
D. India's clocks show an earlier time than England's clocks, because India is to the right of England.

Thus the format is conceptually the following:

Picture
<Name of the picture file>
Answers
A. <First proposed answer>
B. <Second proposed answer>
C. <Third proposed answer>
D. <Fourth proposed answer>

“Evaluation of skills” accepts only text files with the format “Question” (and so on) and “Picture” (and so on). Files like that are easy for everyone to create using a program like Notepad. The pictures (images) can be created with a program like Paint. It is best to make each image with dimensions as follows: width = 700 pixels, height = 250 pixels. Valid image file formats are formats that the Windows Forms PictureBox control recognizes. I have tested the program with .png, .jpg, and .bmp image files.

The previous discussion took care of the exam questions. But, for each exam, we also have to create a correct answers file and keep it separately from the exam. This file should not be accessible to the examinee and the Examination.exe program, but it should be accessible to the evaluator and the Assessement.exe program. The correct answers file is a file that lists each question number along with the correct answer to the question. The correct answers file is used by the Assessment.exe program, in order to evaluate the examinee.

For each exam you create, you must also create its corresponding correct answers file. For the built-in exam “Exam 1 – General questions” that I provide, its corresponding correct answers file is the following:

001 C
002 C
003 B
004 D
005 A
006 B
007 C
008 C
009 B
010 A
011 C
012 A
013 B
014 A
015 D
016 A
017 C
018 D
019 B
020 C

The name of the correct answers file can be anything. But its structure must be exactly as above: it must not contain any whitespace whatsoever and every line must be trimmed (no leading or trailing spaces). A correct answers file must have as many lines as there are questions, the questions must be in sequential order and each line must be 5 characters exactly: 3 characters for the question number, 1 space and 1 character for the corresponding answer.

For the record, I also present the format of the exam report that the Examination.exe program generates:

Examinee Name.........: Dimitrios Kalemis
Exam Path.............: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\Share\Exam 1 - General questions
Exam Name.............: Exam 1 - General questions
Number of questions...: 20
Report Name...........: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\Dimitrios Kalemis - Exam 1 - General questions.txt
StartDateTime.........: 4/19/2014 3:40:11 PM
LastDateTime..........: 4/20/2014 2:00:25 AM
001
002
003 B
004 C
005
006
007
008
009
010
011
012
013
014
015
016
017
018
019
020

As we can see, for the questions that have been answered, a space separates the answer from the three-digit question number.

The previous file (exam report) is generated from the Examination.exe as the examinee answers the exam questions. You should not make manual changes to it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I install the executables?

A: There is no need to install the executables. Just copy them to the folder you want them to reside. Actually, you can copy the Examination.exe executable in as many USB flash drives or PCs as there are concurrent examinees. No additional fees are required, since “Evaluation of Skills” is licensed by evaluator and not by examinee. Thus, plug one USB drive to the PC you want the examinee to take the test, or copy the executable to that PC. The exam folder can reside in the Examination.exe folder or elsewhere in the folder hierarchy or in the network. The correct answers file should be inaccessible from the PCs used to take the exams. The evaluator can use a USB flash drive with the Assessment.exe executable copied inside it, or she can copy the Assessement.exe executable straight to her PC.

Q: What are the “Evaluation of Skills” requirements?

A: I developed “Evaluation of Skills” using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 C#. The only requirements “Evaluation of Skills” has is the .Net Framework 2.0. Windows XP does not have .Net Framework 2.0 pre-installed, but you can install it yourself. Newer Windows version already have .Net Framework 2.0 or later, so you should be perfectly covered.

Q: What is the size of the executables that comprise “Evaluation of Skills”?

A: Examination.exe is about 40 KB and Assessment. exe is about 36 KB.

Q: If I want to create a question that displays an image instead of text, what are the proposed dimensions of the image?

A: Image files should be 700 pixels wide and 250 pixels tall.

Q: “Evaluation of Skills” comprises of two executables that their language is English. Is it possible to get “Evaluation of Skills” in another language?

A: No.

Q: Is is possible to provide tests in a language other than English?

A: It should be possible, but you have to test the behavior of the program yourself. You provide the text files that have the exam questions, so you should be able to see if everything is OK. If you find that your text files are not displayed properly by “Evaluation of Skills”, you might try saving them using Notepad with a different encoding.

Q: What are “Evaluation of Skills” greatest advantage and biggest shortcoming?

A: The greatest advantage and biggest shortcoming at the same time is that “Evaluation of Skills” is very easy to learn and use. It is minimal. It only supports two kinds of questions, text or image questions, and it makes the creation of tests an extremely easy process. But, at the same time, “Evaluation of Skills” does not support other types of questions like checkboxes in answers, dragging and dropping items, reordering items, etc. “Evaluation of Skills” only supports multiple choice questions with four proposed answers. That is it. And this makes the program easy to learn and use.

Q: Why does “Evaluation of Skills” works with the exam you provide, yet it does not work with my exam?

A: You have to create any exam using the guidelines in this blog post. The first line in each question text file must be “Question” or “Picture” (without the quotes) and with no leading or trailing spaces and with no other whitespace (no tabs). The “Picture” text file questions allow only one line after that for the file name of the picture/image. The “Question” text file questions may have more than one line for the wording of the question. After that, the line “Answers” must appear, again with no extra whitespace. And then, four lines must appear in the text file, each one corresponding to the four proposed answers, in order A. B. C. and D. The program discards the first three letters (letter, dot, and space) from each of these four lines. The writer of the test writes these answer letters only to help herself when reading the text file. Also, the correct answers text file must be created with absolutely no whitespace whatsoever. Each line should have exactly 5 letters (three digits for the question number, one space, and one letter for the answer). The number of lines must be exactly the same as the number of questions. And the questions range from 001 to the last question.

Q: Can I use the same image in different question in the same exam?

A: Of course. Each corresponding question text file will begin with “Picture” as its first line (without the quotes) and the second line will contain the name of the picture/image. Thus for example, question text files 003.txt, 120.txt, and 250.txt may be created as I just described and display the same image. Then, these files will contain the line “Answers” (without the quotes) and then they will have four proposed answers that will contain the question and that should be different in each question text file, since we are talking about different questions.

Q: What is the most common mistake when using “Evaluation of Skills”?

A: Evaluators sometimes are not careful. Thus, when using the Assessment.exe, they do not make the right selections. They should select the examinee’s report, then the corresponding exam’s folder, and then, they must make absolutely sure  that they select the correct answers file for the exam. Instead of the correct answers file, evaluators sometimes wrongly choose the examinee’s report again. This is where the program may stop itself. Actually, this is something desirable. If the program were more friendly to the evaluator at that point, it might lured her into a false sense of security. The program stops itself because instead of a correct answers file, it receives the examinee’s report again and this is because the evaluator chose it again. What would have happened if the evaluator chose another exam’s correct answers file which happened to have the same number of questions? In that case, the examinee might not have a fair assessment. Thus, if an evaluator comes to you with a problem in running the Assessment.exe, first of all assess if the evaluator is careful enough and capable enough to be doing assessments.

Q: Do you have any advice for the correct answers file?

A: The person who creates an exam, should also create the correct answers file that corresponds to this exam. This file should be given to the evaluator and should be kept out of reach from the examinees. A solution might be that each evaluator has a USB flash drive with the Assessment.exe program and the correct answers files for the exams that she evaluates examinees for. The evaluator can insert her USB flash drive to the computer that she wants to use for the evaluation of the examinee. Otherwise, the evaluator may keep the correct answers files in her computer and use that computer to evaluate the examinees’ exam reports.

Q: I would like to see all questions of an exam that I created. It is tedious to open each text file in the folder. Is there an easier solution?

A: Of course. Open a command prompt, go to the exam folder and type the command:
type *.txt
You can also redirect the output of this command (using the > character) to a text file (that does not yet exist) in another folder and then open the file with Notepad. For example:
type *.txt > “path to another folder”\allquestions.txt

Q: Is there a way for the exam questions or each question’s answers to appear in a random order?

A: No. You predetermine the order of the questions by the names of the question text files (001.txt is presented first, then 002.txt and so on). You predetermine the order of the four answers in each question by the order the answers appear after the line “Answers” inside each question’s text file.

Q: I want to evaluate a lot of people in different areas. How many copies of the software should I buy?

A: “Evaluation of Skills” is licensed per evaluator, not per examinee. You can buy the software, copy the software into as many USB flash drives and PCs as you need and let as many examinees frantically and concurrently use the software. You only have to pay one license (that is also valid for life),  if you are going to evaluate all the examinees yourself. If there will be two concurrent evaluators, then you will have to buy two licenses and so on.

Q: Can I buy “Evaluation of Skills” to use it in my home?

A: Of course. You can buy it and share it with your family, if you wish. I definitely allow it. But what does that mean? “Share it with your family” since every copy of “Evaluation of Skills” can be used by an unlimited number of examinees, that may or may not be members of your family. It means that, if you wish, every or any  member of your family may be an evaluator. Thus, if you buy “Evaluation of Skills” for you, you can let any member of your family be an evaluator, but your friends, relatives, and strangers may only be examinees.

Q: Who can design exams for “Evaluation of Skills”?

A: Anyone can design exams for “Evaluation of Skills”. It is incredibly easy to do so, as I have already described in this blog post. But I have also explained that anyone can create and sell exams (made to be used with “Evaluation of Skills”) to anyone else. People who create exams, even though they might not use them as examinees or evaluators themselves, are nevertheless expected to buy an “Evaluation of Skills” license. All percent of their profits belongs to them. I will never claim any of their profits.

Q: What is the difference between the evaluation version and the registered version of “Evaluation of Skills”?

A: You can only download the evaluation version. After you use it and are sure that it works as you expect, then you may buy “Evaluation of Skills”. So, you should contact me by email to arrange it. After I receive your payment, I will send you an email containing a zip file with the two executables that comprise “Evaluation of Skills”: Examination.exe and Assessment.exe. The two executables that you will receive will be registered. That is it. You need nothing else. I will not send to you via email the exam that I have developed and provide as part of “Evaluation of Skills”, since you can find it in the evaluation version. Now, the evaluation version has nothing less than the registered version, instead, it has “more”. Each of the two executables display an “Unregistered” label in the first window. Also, in the second window, each time a button that leads to different window is pressed, a message appears stating that this is the unregistered version of the application.

Q: I have downloaded and used the unregistered version of the application. I do not mind about the annoyances of the unregistered version. May I use the unregistered version in a production environment or within my family?

A: No, you may not. You have to buy the software in order to use it after your evaluation. And you have to buy the software, even if you plan to use it within your family. One of the two main reasons I made “Evaluation of Skills” is for it to be used as an educational toy. The other main reason is the evaluation of skills of prospective and current employees. I expect to sell (instead of giving away for free) “Evaluation of Skills” in these two markets and in any other market.

Q: Enough talk! Where can I download the unregistered evaluation version of “Evaluation of Skills” in order to test it?

A: Download the unregistered evaluation version of Evaluation of Skills by clicking on the link.

Q: Enough talk! I like “Evaluation of Skills” and I want to buy it. What do I do?

A: Email me (you can find my email at the end of the “About me” page) and I will respond back to you. We will arrange a method of payment and I will email you the registered version. There is no way for me to provide a receipt or refund to you. So please be sure that you really want the software and that you have evaluated it and tested it thoroughly.

Q: How can I be sure that “Evaluation of Skills” is good quality software?

A: “Evaluation of Skills” is good quality software, otherwise I would not be selling it. It contains no malware, no adware, and no hidden actions. I does only what it is supposed to do. It does not harm you system in any way. Examination.exe only creates and updates one exam report for each examinee and exam. Assessment.exe is completely safe to run because it creates and updates nothing. You can feel safe that you try and that you buy “clean” software that will not harm you or your system in any way. It is also safe for your children to use, since it does not contain bad language or rude messages. I will tell you what: I hereby grant you with the right to reverse analyze the software for security purposes. You may not steal the code or logic and create such a program on your own, but you are free to peek inside the executable and to reverse analyze it to see if it is appropriate for children and if it is secure. I provide the Debug version for both the evaluation and the registered software in order to help you in your reverse engineering efforts.

Q: I own more than one company. May I buy one license of “Evaluation of Skills” and use it in all my companies?

A: No. you have to buy a different license for each company you own and in which you plan to use the software.

Q: I work as a teacher in two institutions, I also work as a employee in three companies, and I also have a family. May I buy one license of “Evaluation of Skills” and use it everywhere?

A: Yes, you may. You may use “Evaluation of Skills” in all your places of work and within your family. Within your family, any and all members may be evaluators if you so wish, but in your places of work only you can be the evaluator.

Q: I own a copy of “Evaluation of Skills”. May I give it to my friends?

A: Absolutely not. You and any or all members of your family may be evaluators, but you may not distribute “Evaluation of Skills” outside your family. You can invite relatives, friends, and strangers to take the tests that you own, but you may not give them the software. And of course, you may use “Evaluation of Skills” in all your places of work, provided that only you will act as the evaluator.

Q: I obtained “Evaluation of Skills” because you gave it to me as a gift, because I was a follower of your blog. May I share “Evaluation of Skills” with my friends?

A: Absolutely not. You and any or all members of your family may be evaluators, but you may not distribute “Evaluation of Skills” outside your family. You can invite relatives, friends, and strangers to take the tests that you own, but you may not give them the software. And of course, you may use “Evaluation of Skills” in all your places of work, provided that only you will act as the evaluator.

Q: I plan to use an illegal copy of “Evaluation of Skills”. Are you going to prosecute me?

A: No. I will not prosecute you. Good people sometimes do bad things. I like to forgive good people and to give them a second chance.

Follow up Q: I am not a good person.

A: Let me be the judge of that. And, by the way, that was not a question.

Q: Enough talk! How much does “Evaluation of Skills” cost?

A: “Evaluation of Skills” costs 20 euros.

Q: Can someone get a discount for any reason whatsoever? Perhaps someone is a suffering minority or may buy a lot of licenses.

A: I will give no discounts. If someone buys a lot of licenses, I will thank her for her trust in the software, but that also may mean that she plans to use it in a big company with many evaluators or in many companies. I will not provide a discount in such a case. Also, if someone is part of a suffering minority, there might be places or organizations that can help them. I expect to be fully paid, even when providing the software to people who suffer. “Evaluation of Skills” is nice to have, but no one’s life depends upon it.

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About Dimitrios Kalemis

I am a systems engineer specializing in Microsoft products and technologies. I am also an author. Please visit my blog to see the blog posts I have written, the books I have written and the applications I have created. I definitely recommend my blog posts under the category "Management", all my books and all my applications. I believe that you will find them interesting and useful. I am in the process of writing more blog posts and books, so please visit my blog from time to time to see what I come up with next. I am also active on other sites; links to those you can find in the "About me" page of my blog.
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