Easily Create Database-Driven, SCORM-Compliant Exams

Exam Engine now is completely HTML and JavaScript!

Exam Engine was selected for an Award of Excellence in the 9th Annual Best of Elearning! Awards in the "Assessment" Category.

New in Version 4.5

  • All templates use Responsive Web Design to adapt to different screen sizes from mobile devices to desktops
  • Deploys via HTML and JavaScript with NO plugins
  • Supports Internet Explorer 7 and later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and other browsers
  • All templates completely HTML and CSS
  • Validates login and password against included web service
  • Validates login and exam so that unauthorized users are excluded from an exam
  • Allows users to review questions at the end of the exam if desired. Questions are locked but show how the student answered. Any media associated with the question will play.
  • Displays score by objective as well as overall score
  • Detects HTML 5 media capabilities and uses it to play media if available
  • Reverts to Flash, Windows Media Player, or QuickTime as appropriate if HTML media playback is not supported
  • Optionally includes ALL audio (mp3, oga, wav) and video (mp4, webm, ogv, wmv) formats to support media on all major browsers
  • Optionally shows HTML 5 audio controls when playing audio
  • Plays Adobe Edge or other HTML media
  • Lets you choose between graphical buttons and jQuery UI buttons
  • Has an enhanced Reporter application with new and redesigned reports that show data by exam, user, and question
  • Includes new reports for the Question Editor
  • Seamlessly updates version 2 and version 3 exams
  • Includes source [HTML and JavaScript] to allow advanced users to extend product
  • Much more!

Other Great Features

  • Support for AICC as well as SCORM™ 1.2 and 2004
  • Numerous sophisticated question types including Hot Objects, Hot Spot, Matching, Matching (Lines), Numeric, Sequencing, and Sequencing (Images)
  • Up to four graphics and four media for each question
  • Correct, Incorrect, and "Partially Correct" media feedback
  • Deploy without a virtual directory on any web server
  • Optional web service for emailing results, saving question and exam results, validating logins, and emailing technical support
  • Package exam with question database or load questions at runtime from the web service
  • Reporter program for displaying reports for question analysis and on question and exam results
  • Easy-to-use Question Editor with enhanced editing features and "phrases" available via a right-click menu
  • Improved Configuration Editor with rapid exam publishing
  • Countdown timer that displays time remaining for question and turns red when 75% of the time has elapsed
  • Easily support multiple languages
  • Automatically email results in Microsoft® Word, Microsoft Excel, HTML, and/or plain text formats (using optional web service)
  • Display an optional Login page for capturing user name when not run via a Learning Management System
  • Hide exam results if desired for high-stakes tests
  • Redirect to a URL when SCORM is not detected
  • Display an optional technical support email message, link, and input screen for communicating with a help desk or administrator

Pull Random Questions from a Pool By Objective

Associate questions with one or more objectives. Then grab a designated number of questions from each objective, giving each student a different exam. The questions and objectives are stored in SQL Server, Access, or XML -- your choice.

Matching Question (full size)

Matching Question in Desktop Browser

Matching Question (500 pixels wide)
Matching Question (300 pixels wide)

Matching Question at 500 and 300 pixels showing Responsive Web Design

Communicate with a SCORM Learning Management System

Simply check a box in the configuration editor or change your URL query string and your exam will send all interaction information to your SCORM 1.2 or 1.3 (2004) LMS. The exam can be packaged as a complete SCO (including manifest). Exam Engine reads the mastery score, maximum time allowed, and more from the LMS.

Store or Email Individual or Composite Results

In addition to (or instead of) sending results to your LMS, you can have composite results (including question responses and time per question) stored on the web site in Access, SQL Server, or XML. Individual results can be emailed in Word, Excel, HTML, or plain text formats to one or more addresses either automatically or via student interaction. Composite results can be emailed if stored in Access or XML. Use the optional Reporter program to view question analysis and other reports from anywhere in the world.

Highly Customizable Yet Easy to Use

Questions can be multiple choice (with more than one correct answer if desired), true or false, fill-in-the-blank, hot objects (images), hot spot (images), matching (drag & drop images), matching (lines), numeric, sequencing (text), and sequencing (images). They can have up to eight answers and four levels of feedback. The questions can have up to four associated graphic or media files. You can also have correct, incorrect, or "partially correct" media display upon scoring the question. The developer can completely customize the colors and graphics associated with each question state (initial, selected, correct, and incorrect). You can even have a “Show Answers” button display after a defined number of wrong answers. Tweak question templates and/or button graphics if desired or just use the defaults and be up and running in five minutes. Either way, there is absolutely no programming!

Allow Your Subject Matter Experts to Write Questions Rather Than Try to Learn an Authoring Tool

Exam Engine has a special “Question Editor” (with built-in spell checker and reporting) that your Subject Matter Experts can use to add, edit, or delete questions and objectives. They spend their valuable time writing dynamite questions and associating them with objectives rather than trying to learn an authoring tool. They can even create reports of questions by objectives, media required, objectives associated with each question, and much more!

View Question Analysis and Student Data Reports

Exam Engine has an optional "Reporter" application that allows you or your customers to connect directly to your Exam Engine web service and view these reports: Answers per Question, Detailed Question Results by Exam, Exam Scores, Question Results by Exam, Scores by Exam, Scores by Exam and User, Scores by User, Scores by User and Exam. Limit reports to particular exams, users, and/or questions.

System Requirements:

Client Machines
  • Internet Explorer 7 or later, Firefox, Safari, or other browser
  • Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 or later, Access 97 or later, or none at all (XML format)
Development Computer
  • Ability to load the .NET 4.0 Framework (Windows XP SP2 or later)
  • Microsoft® ReportViewer 2010 (installed as part of the Question Editor and Reporter installations)


Exam Engine
Description Price
Development License (includes all templates (and their HTML/JavaScript source), up to three licenses of the Exam Engine Question Editor, one license of the Exam Engine Configuration Editor, and the Exam Engine Web Service) $1,995
Development License upgrade from version 3 $895
Development License upgrade from version 2 or older $1,395
Additional Licenses of Question Editor (for use by subject matter experts) $395 each
Additional Licenses of Question Editor upgrade from version 3 $175 each
Additional Licenses of Question Editor upgrade from version 2 or older $275 each
Exam Engine Reporter (requires that exams store their results with the Exam Engine Web Service) $495 each
Exam Engine Reporter upgrade from version 3 $195 each
Technical Support
Description Price
One year email technical support $445

Try It Out

Exam Engine sample

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Blog Post on the History and Advantages of Template-Based Authoring

Blog Post on Responsive Web Design

Please send any comments, questions, problems, or feature requests to: info@plattecanyon.com

User Comments

  • You/your team/your product earned the award. Our editorial team creates the categories each year, we release the ballot to our audience along with the broader e-learning universe through the wire services and the user community votes. Being a category finalist or winner in a very competitive category speaks very highly of your product and your backend support. Your product is a best-in-class, you are a Best of Elearning! 2013.
  • All is right in my world today!! I have the exams reading from the database on the web service which is way cool!
  • By the way, I want to tell you this software is so much easier to use than want we had. Thanks.
  • We really like your product and I look forward to using the new version which I believe can now store student responses in the Exam Engine database without having to involve our LMS. We used Exam Engine for a Spanish Placement test this summer to better place new Spanish students. I produced a Crystal Report from the results which allowed the language chair to make placement decisions (for those students who completed the online test) start to finish in under an hour--before it took hours to manually grade the tests before even starting the placement process! I also produced a summary report by question category which gives the Spanish teachers heads up about areas that incoming students are weak. Next year we want to expand it out to other languages and departments.
  • BTW, you guys did a REALLY nice job with the VBTrain controls and Exam Engine!
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