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Brief Product Summary

QuestionMaster Network 2 is the very latest computer program from ICAL designed for forces and establishments to provide help for police officers studying for their OSPRE Part 1, NIE, IPLDP promotion exams.

Offering in excess of 3000 scenario based questions which are presented in a dynamic constantly changing fashion to check knowledge for the relevant exams - it is the premium computer CD learning package!

The program is a true client/server network system equally at home on small or large networks. It provides for multiple classes, password protected user accounts, question sets and differing configurations on per class basis.

Comprehensive stats information, and intelligent customisation mean users study smarter rather than harder! Tutors can set exams for whole classes to complete and then analyse and retain users stats indefinitely.

All Questions are fully updated to comply with the latest syllabus as issued by NPIA and the latest Blackstone's Police Manuals.

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Detailed Product Overview

This next section delves into each of the main aspects of the network system so you can see the power of the QuestionMaster Network 2 for yourself.

Availability

Once QuestionMaster Network 2 has been installed by your I.T. Dept, the system will be accessible from any computer on your network that is allowed to access it.

Depending on how your I.T. Dept installs the system, it is possible to give users extended access outside your internal network; meaning they could also access the system from home via the internet!

If you decide to purchase this product, an extra cost option is available; You can opt to have us run the QuestionMaster Network 2 system for you, from our servers. This option works just the same as if you had the server on your own system but the real advantage lies in the fact that we run the system, you just use it!

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Administration

QuestionMaster Network 2 offers full remote administration from the client. Remote administration is a feature for tutors and allows the setup of classes, users and exams plus detailed user analysis etc...

Classes & Users

The user system in QuestionMaster Network 2 is very flexible. The system allows an unlimited amount of classes to be setup by tutors. Users can then be added to these classes, removed from classes or moved to different classes. Whole classes full of users can be backed up and restored any time.

Different settings can be applied to each class, one class may use sergeant data, another inspector data etc. You can make and assign different exams and different exam rules to each class. You can set a class login message users will see when they log in. You can also choose whether or not user accounts will be password protected.

Setting Exams & Analysis

Tutors can create exams by hand picking questions to best test their users knowledge. Once an exam has been created it is stored and available for re-test again in the future. Exams can be edited and removed if required.

These exams can then be assigned to a class of users. The next time the users of that class login, they will be able to sit the exam. Once they have completed the exam the results are available to the tutor for detailed analysis. Analysis is available on an individual user basis and overall for the whole class. This is great for quickly finding class wide weak areas!

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Start Studying

QuestionMaster Network 2 provides you with a comprehensive set of modes and question selection methods. No matter what your study style, there is a mode to suit you and several more to challenge you!

Study Modes

At the start of each new session the first thing the program will ask is which of 2 main modes you would like to use. Move over each of the mode icons below to learn about each one!

Exam Mode

When this mode is selected, the question is displayed on the screen along with the 4 possible answers.

You make your selection, but there is NO feedback from the program until the last question in the series has been completed.

You are then able to fully review the exam question by question, and you are also able to see the statistical breakdown identifying your strengths and weaknesses.

Study Mode

When this mode is selected, the question is displayed on the screen along with the 4 possible answers.

You make your selection and you are told immediately whether or not you are correct together with the reasoning or rationale behind the question, and to aid further understanding, the Blackstones reference is also provided.

Question Selection

Next the program will ask you which of two question selection methods you would like to use. Move over each of the question selection icons below to learn about each one!

Random Selection

The program is in charge of question selection, and will offer 150 questions from all of the 4 main categories - Crime - Road Policing - GPD - Evidence.

Custom Selection

You are totally in charge of question selection, by topic, time and number of questions.

Test Selection

Finally the program will ask you to choose one of several different types of tests. Each of the different test modes are useful in different ways - some focus on your weak areas others on improving your time management.

Standard Exam

This mode is a straight forward mock exam using exam rules tailored for your questions.

Using the OSPRE Part 1 Sergeant Exam as an example - you are given 150 questions to answer over 3hours.

QuickFire Exam

This mode is a superb time management trainer! It delivers a question to you every 72 seconds. If you do not answer the question before the time counts down to zero, the program automatically moves you on to the next question!

Getting bogged down on a single question is the worst mistake anyone can make in an exam. This mode prepares you mentally to know how long you should spend on a question before moving onto the next.

Preset Mode

Preset mode allows a tutor to hand pick questions for an exam. When the tutor sets the exam it is available for each user of the tutors class to sit. The results of this exam are sent back to the tutor where a full statistical breakdown is available.

The great thing is, because the detailed individual statistics can be viewed over-all, this mode allows the tutor to identify class-wide weak areas at a glance - saving valuable time and effort on the part of the tutor. This allows the tutor to maximise teaching efforts where they are needed!

Together, the test modes are invaluable in honing your exam technique! Move over each of the test mode icons above to learn about each one.

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View all Questions

View all Questions offers you an index to every single question and answer in your question pack. The main use of view all questions is for question queries.

When looking at a question in exam or study mode, the answer options are jumbled up. This is great usually as the jumbling stops you remembering the positions of the correct answer!

But when a user is querying a question with the tutor, ideally, you both want to look at the question with the answers in identical positions to avoid unnecessary confusion. View all Questions does just this, always displaying the answer options in the same order!

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Complete Performance Statistics

Each user of QuestionMaster Network 2 have their own complete and detailed statistics. Analysis screens carefully track all progress and it is always available no matter which network computer is being used.

Stats Overview

The stats overview page greets you when you first open the stats. This page has a quick summary of your progress including - Total Questions Asked, Total Questions Answered Correctly and your Overall Performance in percentage terms.

Topic Analysis

The topic analysis page provides you with an in-depth tree view of all subjects. There are columns next to each subject for - i) total questions available in subject, ii) the number of questions you have been asked so far, iii) the number of questions you have answered correctly so far, iv) your overall percentage on the subject and v) a quick [pass/fail] indicator for the subject which is based on your personal pass mark.

Question Analysis

The question analysis page provides in-depth analysis on every single question in the database. Times Asked, Times Answered Correct and more... This view can help you to discover certain types of questions that you continue to get wrong. You can then spend time looking at the said questions to get used to the style of the question being asked.

Graphical Summary

The graphical summary page provides graphing of all the core subject areas. Your current percentage in each subject area is highlighted on the graph against your personal pass mark. This graphical view of your performance to date is great because it shows you how your doing over all the subjects in one easy to see and very easy to understand graph.

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Law Changes and Updates

When you purchase QuestionMaster Network 2 you are not left with a static package! While you have a license with us, you will continue to get both question and program updates periodically, for FREE!

We deliver updates by post on CD. The special updater program runs on the server and updates the programs and copies across the latest questions and law. The updates do not reset the system and do not effect the users or users stats in any way!

Now and again we may send out a large update, for example i) a major law change or ii) release of new years blackstones manuals. When this happens our question writers amend our database, as soon as we have the literature to enable us to do so. Thereafter an update will be released to you on CD.

The best thing about our updater is that it only has to be applied to the server computer. This means that all the clients, no matter where they are on your network, will have the latest questions and law available to them immediately. This means cost savings - no site visits and very low maintenance for I.T.

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Test Environment

The actual test environment in QuestionMaster Network 2 is second to none! It simulates as much as possible the layout of your real multiple choice exam.

While the layout may not at first appear to be a benefit, come exam day you will find the familiarity between our programs test layout and your actual answer sheet a great benefit and one less thing to throw you!

The actual layout on-screen for each question consists of a question scenario and 4 possible answer options. At the side of the screen is the answer grid where you mark a dash [-] over your preferred answer. See the example picture of the answer grid in QuestionMaster Network 2 below...

Notice how the question number is shown to the left followed by the a, b, c and d answer options. When you click on your preferred answer a dash is placed through it - just like you will have to do in your real exam! To help you the grid is also colour coded; answered questions turn blue, the current question is red and unanswered questions white.

The layout of the whole screen in the test environment is fully customisable. You can have the question and answer on the left and answer grid on the right, or if you are left handed you may prefer the answer grid on the left - this is all possible! You can answer questions by clicking on your preferred option or just press the key on the keyboard. Click on the thumbnail picture to the right for a larger view of the test screen...

The way the answer options are presented in QuestionMaster is dynamic. What was answer option a) last time could be answer option c) next time. The answer options constantly jumble up to make sure you carefully read the question rather than memorise the answer.

You can set your preferred font, font size and can even change the colour of the screen! Whilst you can't change the colour of your real exam paper we do believe these little extra features help you to feel comfortable whilst working on QuestionMaster Network 2.

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Program Specification

QuestionMaster Network 2 is a client/server network system. This means there are two parts to it - the server and the client. The minimum specification for each is shown below...

The system is compatible with both 32 and 64bit Windows. It does not run on Linux or Apple systems unless you have Windows emulation software. The system does not work on PDA devices.

Demonstrations & Further Information

Let us convince you QuestionMaster Network 2 is the product for your establishment - ask us to give you a demonstration!

We welcome parties interested in this product to invite us to meet you in person and give you a full demonstration at your convenience. We bring our own equipment and the demo usually lasts around an hour.

To book a demonstration or find out more about the product and pricing options, please use one of the contact methods below:

Call us on: 0800 072 0366 or 01704 513 525

Email us at: sales@ical.co.uk or ical@ical.co.uk

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