Frequently asked questions : Exams and diploma certificates
Yes, you can.
- Go to the ‘Coach’ tab and click on the ‘Exams’ tool.
- Open the ‘Eligible students’ tab
- Enter the username of the student in question and choose the exam level
- Click on ‘Add’ to make the exam available on the student’s homepage
My student can already play chess. Is there an entry test?
My student has failed an exam. What now?
The Pawn to King levels in Chessity form a concise chess curriculum tailored to the needs of chess-in-school projects. From the absolute beginning to the level at which a student can also play a nice game at a chess club. Each level is a compact series of lessons, with a clear learning objective.
"I know enough to play on the board chess. I know how the chess pieces move and I know enough about the rules to enjoy a game. Who knows, I might even win a game or two!
"I will enjoy participating in a school chess tournament and will definitely win some games!"
"I am good at winning pieces and I have learned how to play for a win, because I am very good at checkmate. This makes me a strong player in a school chess tournament."
"I have mastered some tactics in attack and defense that make me particularly strong for a school chess player. Even some club players will have to watch out for me."
"I have expanded my toolbox of chess attacks considerably: double attacks, discovered attacks, pins and skewers - these are tactics with which I like to surprise my opponents."
"I have mastered a search strategy that allows me to apply attacking tactics, even if I don't know which theme to look for. At a chess club they will welcome me with open arms. They’ll probably wonder where I came from :) "
Yes, you can. If you practise in the simplified mode, a number of grey stickers (badges) are displayed on your homepage. These stickers correspond to the learning objectives of your level.
As soon as you have mastered a learning objective, the sticker is shown in colour. Once you have earned all the stickers, you will automatically be given access to the level exam.
Individual users can take exams, but for the time being it is not yet possible to receive a diploma. Generating downloadable and printable diplomas is a premium coach functions.
Users with an individual account will receive an upgrade of their profile image once they have passed an exam:
Your avatar will show you your highest level achieved. If you have passed the Pawn Exam, a pawn will appear next to your profile plate. Passed the Bishop Exam? Then there is a bishop next to the picture.
Students who practice in the simplified interface see a number of grey badges on their homepage, matching the learning goals of the level they play at. As soon as a student has sufficiently mastered a learning goal, the badge is displayed in full colour. Once a student has earned all the badges of a level, he or she automatically has access to the exam. That way, it is always clear how many badges still need to be earned before being able to take the exam.
Coaches can see which students can take exams in the Exams tool.
This can be found under the menu item Coach
Chessto delivers just-in-time coaching. He keeps an eye on which lesson(s) a child still needs to do in order to get a new badge on his or her way through a level in the learning pathway.
Once a week, Chessto distributes these lessons to the student as a special mission. Mission accomplished? Then a new badge will be displayed on the homepage and the child is one a step closer to completing the level and entering the exam.
As soon as all stickers have been received, the student can take the exam. The exam icon automatically shows up on the students homepage:
Remediation by Chessto
If a student fails the exam, Chessto takes action again. He analyses the mistakes that the child made during the exam. On the basis of this, he compiles a package of lessons that need to be practised in order to pass the resit. The student gets a friendly notification form Chessto and the remediations tasks are displayed on his/her homepage:
Engaged learning, relaxed teaching
Chessto's guidance, both in the exam coaching and during the lessons, ensures that children learn chess even more efficiently, so that they can quickly obtain chess diplomas and stay engaged in learning.
As a teacher, you can simply rely on Chessto to coach your students. This saves you time for personal contact with the children, a game of on-the-board chess, or other teaching chores.
The exam consists of 7 elements: snake (piece movement), captures, clever captures, defense, checkmate, check (including defense against check) and rules (castling and en passant). Each element consists of 5 puzzles. To pass the exam, at least 25 puzzles have to be solved correctly and per element, no more than 2 puzzles can be solved wrongly.
The practice exam lasts 10 to 20 minutes, but there is no time limit. It is possible to pause the practice exam and continue at a later time. All the results are stored.
The Exams tool can be found on the Coach tab in the menu bar. Click on Exams:
The Exam tool shows you which students have taken exams, whether they passed or failed, and what their results were. For students who passed an exam you can generate and download diplomas. With this tool it is also possible to assign exams to students who have not yet completed all lessons, for example as an entry test.
How do I know whether my student has taken an exam?
My student failed the exam. Now what?
How do I know which mistakes my student has made in the exam?
My student passed the exam. Now what?
Teachers can see which students have taken exams in the tool ‘Exams’, which is to be found under the menu heading Coach.
This can be found under the menu header Coach, and then Premium Coach tools.
The exam has exactly the same set-up as the practice exam, so the student will be familiar with it.
Unlike the practice exam, however, students cannot take the real exam on their own. The real exam is an official exam that needs to be supervised by the coach or teacher, or the results are invalid.
Students need to take the real exam independently and must not get help or pointers from the teacher or their fellow students.
Unlike the practice exam, it is not possible to retake the real exam immediately. A student who fails the real exam will first have to retake (and pass) the practice exam, before being allowed to take the real exam again.
Like the practice exam, students are not informed during the exam whether an answer was right or wrong. It may be wise to tell them that in advance.
The exam takes 10 to 20 minutes, but there is no time limit, so there is no time pressure either. Make sure to point out that the students can take their time to think about their answers and click carefully. It is not possible to change an answer afterwards.
Once a student has collected all the stickers of a certain level, he/she can take an exam. The exam icon automatically appears on the student's homepage.
If the student clicks on the exam icon, the exam starts:
The student can choose the order in which he/she finishes the tasks of the exam. As soon as all the assignments of a section have been made, a green check mark will appear in the overview. Good to know: this check does not mean that the student has passed this section, but only that the task in question has been completed.
After the student has completed the last section, he/she is immediately shown the results.
Viewing results and obtaining diploma certificates
As a teacher, you can use the ‘Exams’ tool (on the ‘Coach’ tab) to see which students took exams, whether they passed or failed and what their results were. This is also the tool that you use to download and/or print diploma certificates for studends who passed an exam.
Go to the ‘Exams’ tool on the ‘Coach’ tab:
Here you see an overview of the Exams tool:
A student who doesn't pass the exam, doesn't have sufficient mastery of the required chess skills and knowledge. He or she has to practice a bit more on the elements that didn't go so well.
As soon as a student has finished the exam, he/she is immediately informed about the results. The overview that appears on screen indicates how many mistakes have been made per section.
If the student fails the exam, Chessity's artificial intelligence robot Chessto comes into action.As a teacher you can leave the remediation to Chessto without any worries. He analyses the mistakes that were made during the exam and then compiles a package of lessons that need to be rehearsed in order to pass the next attempt. The student gets a friendly notification form Chessto and the remediations tasks are displayed on his/her homepage:
Of course it is also possible for the teacher to gain insight into the results. In the Exams tool (Coach - Exams) you can see this by clicking on the icon with the eye:
The exam is meant to determine whether the student has mastered the lessons sufficiently to deserve a diploma. The overview that appears on-screen after the exam shows how many mistakes the student has made and in which elements, and which elements therefore require further attention.
Congratulations! Your student passed his or her Chessity exam! You can download a certificate via the button ‘Print diploma for selected users’ in the Exam tool:
We recommend using high-quality paper (at least 120 grams) to print out the diplomas or laminating printed certificates.
Celebrate achievements with Chessity's chess diploma's
As a teacher you have the possibility to manually give a student who has failed an exam the status 'passed'. This will overrule the exam result based on the outcomes that the program has recorded.
- Click on ‘Coach’ in the menu bar
- Click on ‘Exams’
- Go to the tab ‘Students who failed’
- Click on the diploma icon behind the student's name to assign the 'passed' status
This function is obviously not intended for a student who has insufficiently mastered the chess skills that are required to to pass the exam. If a student fails because he does not yet have sufficient mastery of the subject matter, he can try the exam again or first practice a little more with coaching from Chessto. See: My student failed an exam. What now?
Only give a student the status passed if, for example, the WiFi failed during the exam, the computer crashed, you have witnessed how the student accidentally clicked on the wrong square due to a sneezing, etcetera.
No, that is not possible. Diploma certificates can be generated and downloaded using the ‘Exams’ tool (on the ‘Coach’ tab).
See: My student has passed an exam. Where can I download the certificate?