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[Surpass Community Podcast] – Simulations, TBS and large scale secure delivery for exams

This Podcast is an audio extract from the webinar “Simulations, TBS, and large scale delivery (Surpass for Finance and Accountancy Examinations)” in which Surpass Business Development Director Jim Crawford hosted guests from ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) and CPA Canada (Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada) to deliver a globe-spanning discussion about the present and future of high-stakes, true-to-life examinations.

Throughout the course of the discussion, demonstrations were given highlighting the simulation capabilities of Surpass, and an ‘elevator pitch’ demonstration of the ‘Task Based Simulation’ (TBS) feature was offered from a member of the expert Surpass team.

Highlights include:

  • Using word processing and spreadsheet simulation tools directly from the secure test driver.
  • Split-screen features for using digital source materials.
  • Lessons from 2020 – Online Proctoring and Test-Center Alternatives (including a particularly fascinating solution from CPA Canada making use of vacant hotel rooms).

To watch the original webinar on-demand, complete with demonstrations of Surpass functionality and examples of questions used in exams delivered by our guest organisations, visit

While the focus of our panel was accounting and finance, other testing organizations will no doubt benefit from the collaboration shown across the wider testing sphere.

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