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Digitalization Review: A Guide to Modernizing the Assessment Life Cycle

June 30, 2023

Digitalization Review: A Guide to Modernizing the Assessment Life Cycle


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Starting the Journey with Digitalization

In today's fast-paced digital world, everything from education to daily life is getting transformed by technology. Well-known scientist Max Tegmark wrote in his book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, that AI and other digital tech can make things run smoother and reach further. But just using these tools isn't enough. We need to incorporate them smartly into our systems. This need is even more significant since the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced us all to rely heavily on digital tools. The OECD's 2020 Digital Economy report talks about the importance of making sure everyone has access to these tools and trusts them. Plus, there are new laws like the European Union's first-ever AI Act, which lays down rules to ensure AI is used safely, openly, and in a way that respects people's rights. In this environment, understanding and using digitalization properly is really important. It opens up a whole world of possibilities, but we also need to keep an eye on ethical issues and legal limits. This blog explores how a Digitalization Review or audit can help guide these tech changes, serving as our roadmap to a more efficient and successful future.

Digitalization Review: A Must-Have Tool for Shaping Assessment Services

Think of a Digitalization Review as your roadmap for improving how you test and assess your students. According to the Research Centre for Examination and Certification (RCEC), these reviews are like a health check for your system. They let you look closely at what you're doing now, see where you could be using digital tools better, and make sure that any changes are moving you forward in the digital age. For groups in charge of school testing, this review is like a powerful flashlight. It helps you see all the parts of your system and shows you where you could use digital tools to make things work better. It also makes sure that any changes fit with the move towards more digital tools in schools. This paves the way for impactful policy-making and a digitally improved learning environment. For organizations that specialize in digital testing, the review is like a secret weapon. It lets you see how you measure up to industry standards, find out where you might be falling short, and spot opportunities to get ahead, helping you stay competitive. So, no matter what kind of organization you are, a Digitalization Review is like your GPS for the journey towards more efficient and future-ready digital testing and assessment.

The Key Points of a Digitalization Review

A Digitalization Review provides a comprehensive view of their current digital practices, compared to industry standards, highlighting areas for improvement and suggesting solutions. This process helps to enhance service quality, increase customer satisfaction, and improve work efficiency and competitiveness. By fostering digital skills and ensuring alignment with global standards, a Digitalization Review is an important guiding light towards successful digital transformation.

Understanding the Digitalization Review Process

The Digitalization Review as a process looks at every part of the assessment life cycle - from creating tests to administering them, from marking and scoring to analyzing and reporting the results - using technology as a lens. This comprehensive review looks at everything from the technology used in creating test questions to how tests are managed, how consistent marking and scoring are, and the effectiveness of the data analysis. This process is guided by knowledgeable assessment architects and insightful business analysts. Their expertise helps highlight areas for digital growth and crafts a unique plan for digital transformation that aligns with the stakeholder's goals and ambitions. Essentially, the Digitalization Review is not just an audit but a tool that gauges an organization's digital readiness and guides it towards becoming a digitally proficient and competitive player in its field.

Moving from Digitalization Review to a Strategic Roadmap

The Digitalization Review provides the foundation for creating a strategic plan for improving and expanding the use of digital technology. For government agencies that are eager to enhance their large-scale assessments and education policies, this plan outlines a detailed path for digital improvement. As McKinsey's 2021 research points out, having a well-designed plan is critical for successful innovation, as it helps to align different tech projects with the overall strategy. Inspired by the best practices from around the world, this roadmap doesn't just set the pace for digital change. It also drives a complete transformation, envisioning a future where digital tools are integrated throughout the education process. The roadmap details steps for implementation, timelines, responsibilities, and ways to measure progress. It serves as both a guide and a way to measure advancement throughout the transformation process. Essentially, moving from a Digitalization Review to a strategic roadmap marks a shift from understanding the current level of digital use to skillfully planning for a digitally advanced future. This enhances the effectiveness, dependability, and impact of assessment services, reflecting the broader trend towards digitalization in education policy.

Adopting Digital Standards Through Review

EdTech assessment solution providers, such as Vretta, support partner organizations (educational ministries and examination bodies) with modernizing their assessment practices. This includes upgrading and replacing legacy systems and changing traditional methods of administering assessments into highly efficient technology-driven approaches that cover modernizing many processes in the assessment cycle. This transformation is led by the best practices in the world and the modernization vision of the partner organization. The Digitalization Review outlines a variety of assessment delivery models based on the application of the assessment and its goals. It allows for many learning styles to be considered and caters to numerous 21st century skills to be assessed as desired by the partner organization. 

On completion, the Digitalization Review provides a clear plan that shows what can be achieved, the strengths and weaknesses, and the risks tied to different operations and policies. This makes sure that it lines up with industry standards and helps create an education environment that is equitable, efficient, and of the highest quality.


The Digitalization Review is crucial for both governmental and private entities, allowing them to deeply examine current practices, identify areas for improvement, and create a strategic plan to enhance their digital capabilities. This process leads to various benefits such as improved service quality, increased operational efficiency, and stronger competitiveness, while ensuring a diverse and fair assessment environment. The review is an invitation for all organizations, regardless of their digital readiness, to embrace digitalization, undertake their own reviews, and be part of the sweeping changes in the educational assessment sector. In essence, the Digitalization Review isn't just an audit, it's your guide to a future where digital technologies are an integral part of all assessment processes.

Invitation to Begin Your Digital Journey

The path to digital maturity starts with an essential first step: starting a thorough Digitalization Review. If your organization is ready to improve assessment practices, boost operational efficiency, and enhance service quality, we invite you to think about undertaking a Digitalization Review. In a fast-changing educational environment, it's important to stay ahead, meet the needs of today's learners, and join the leaders in digital transformation. If you're interested in embarking on this digital journey, please feel free to reach out to us at We're here to guide and support you every step of the way.


About the Author

Vali Huseyn is an educational assessment specialist with extensive experience in enhancing key phases of the assessment lifecycle, including item authoring (item banking), registration, administration, scoring, data analysis, and reporting. His work involves strategic collaboration with a range of assessment technology providers, certification authorities, and research institutions, contributing to the advancement of the assessment community. At The State Examination Centre of Azerbaijan, Vali played a crucial role in modernizing local large-scale assessments. As the Head of Strategic Partnerships and Project Management Unit Lead, he co-implemented several regional development projects focused on learning and assessment within the Post-Soviet region.

Feel free to connect with Vali on LinkedIn ( to learn more about the best practices in transitioning to an online assessment environment.