USE through the eyes of another admin

    This post describes the verification technology of the CROC USE, but our region has been working and continues to work on the technology of FTsT (Federal Testing Center). The main wave of the exam has almost passed, so there was time to write an article about how everything is happening now. I have long wanted to write this article, but somehow I doubted whether it is possible or impossible, is there something secret or not. There are no documents forbidding me to talk about technology, so I decided.

    There will be no comments on the quality of the software or the evaluation of the technical component, as this is simply not correct. In fact, for an uninitiated person from the outside, everything looks amazing. At least it impressed me at first.

    Database collection and exam

    Pre-collected data on graduates of the current year and people who want to take the exam (not enrolled graduates of previous years, who returned from the army and many others), to the exam organizers in the higher education institution (exam site). This is necessary in order to know how many people will take exams, what exams, for the subsequent verification of forms, without it at all :)

    Data collection is carried out using the CT programs, there is software at the regional level, there is a municipal one. In the districts they collect data, they hammer it in software, pass it to us, we collect and send it to the DH.

    Next, there is a distribution of the PES of the organizers and students. Who hands over which PES, in the future PEP will be distributed among the audiences so that the children do not know in which place they will sit in advance, the organizers will also be distributed according to the audience for the same reason.

    Data collection - the song is still the same ... Over the period of data collection, children’s personal data begins to change with incomprehensible frenzy, who lost their passport, who was adopted, someone has an error in the database, someone changed their name, etc. And the speed with which the set of exams that the child plans to take is changing is worth a guess. We generally have seven Fridays a week :) Knowing the most accurate number of person exams is important. Since the KIMs themselves (control and measuring materials), the forms that students fill out upon delivery, come naturally from Moscow, we ourselves do not print anything (unlike CROC technology).

    According to the KROK technology in the RCEI (regional information processing center), i.e. in our center, registration forms should be printed, with student data already printed, and this form is attached to the IR itself (an individual set). According to CT technology, the child fills out the registration form himself. As a result, we scan and recognize a lot more forms. Due to the fact that the curves of the letters of the graduates are not always correctly recognized, the problem of linking the processing results to a specific student from the database appears. In my opinion, CROC's technology in this regard is still more successful.

    On the exam day after the exam, all forms are returned to us, here they are accepted in certain forms and in a certain system are laid out in cabinets.


    It uses ABBYY TestReader software. The forms are first scanned, then recognized, verified, and the work is printed by experts. Part A and B are checked automatically, part C is checked by experts.

    We scan on Fujitsu fi series in-line scanners. You can read about the scanning speed and so on on the manufacturer’s website, I won’t write about it. Scanned pictures arrive at the recognition station, the name clearly indicates what it does. Forms C, after verification, go to print works for experts, and registration forms and AB responses for dispatch to the CT. The work is carried out by experts and the results of their verification are also sent to the DH. All 3 forms form a single set. Answer forms AB and C are not personalized, i.e. nobody in processing knows whose forms are being checked, the forms themselves are connected by barcodes.

    All data is transmitted to ERBD (single distributed database) by the method of replication of our local database via specially organized crypto channels. So this year, XML files were previously formed and sent manually, now this process is automated. You do not need to manually receive or send anything, i.e. races with flash drives in the center are over. It was necessary to transfer all data from one network to another, since the network where the processing occurs should be completely isolated. Now, through the crypto tunnel, data can be received and sent without running around and this is insanely happy, but there are some disadvantages of course. I think next year this will not be a problem at all)

    In general, everything, processing an exam takes 3-4 days, we have quite a lot of exams, so the work is almost round-the-clock for a month.

    After processing, we obtain the results from the FTsT, which also need to be processed, to calculate all the statistics necessary for the methodologists. Here CT is not provided for any software. Therefore, we have written our own and are successfully working.

    In general, everything is ready to answer your questions)

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