US student invents paperless exam

December 11, 2013

University of Pennsylvania student Alex Rattray has come up with a solution to the traditional hand-written exam that leads to sore hands and tedious marking – a desktop application that allows institutions to securely administer quizzes and tests in class via computer. The Emerald paperless exam, which is still in beta mode, has been used by more than 500 high-school and PSE students in Philadelphia, New York City, and Dallas. The Emerald team has received $500,000 in seed funding from Dorm Room Fund, a student-run investment fund launched in the fall of 2012. Rattray, along with fellow students Pulak Mittal and Lauren Reeder, expects to begin negotiating contracts for a paid product in the spring, with a target of securing deals with 20 to 100 institutions. Chronicle of Higher Education