The requirements for a PC to run Password are simple; it must have Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 as its operating system, and have Internet Explorer version 7 or higher installed. It must also have an Internet connection as all Password tests are accessed over the Internet.
Each Password test is run on secure software. All information is transmitted using Secure Sockets Layer, the same type of technology which protects online payments. Whilst the test is in progress, PCs are locked down, which means that test-takers cannot access any other applications on the PC delivering the test. Neither can they print, screen capture or access any sources of information on the Internet or otherwise.
Institutions using Password tests are given two sets of unique codes. The first accesses the tests themselves, and the second accesses the test-takers results in user-friendly reports.
Each Password test run is different and unique. As a test is downloaded via the Internet, a set of randomised questions is drawn from the vast data bank of questions in the Password system. New questions are constantly being put into the system, old questions retired or rested, and questions are constantly monitored to check that they are still performing well.
Test-takers’ results are stored in a private database where they can easily be displayed on screen or downloaded into a spreadsheet. The system’s outstanding reporting tools enable immediate certification.