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Frequently asked questions : Exams and diplomas
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.
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.
Coaches can see which of their students have taken a practice exam in the Exams tool.
This can be found under the menu header Coach, and then Premium Coach tools.
Under the heading ‘Students who can take the test exam’, you can see whether and how often a student has taken a practice exam (and what the result was).
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.
Coaches can see which of their students are eligible to take the exam in in the Exams tool.
This can be found under the menu heading Coach, and then Premium Coach tools.
Under the heading ‘Students eligible to take the exam’, you can see which students are eligible for the real exam. You can check the students who are ready to take the exam and click on the button ‘Start exam for selected users’.
After they log in, the students in question will see a special exam interface of Chessity. In this mode, taking the exam is the only thing that they.
After the coach has started the exam, a clock appears at the top of the dashboard in the Exam planner:
This clock indicates how long ago the exam was started. If a student has finished the exam, this is shown in the dashboard, which also shows which of the students passed or failed the exam.
To conclude the exam, click on the blue button ‘Stop this exam’ (underneath the clock).
Students who fail the exam have mastered the lessons insufficiently. After the exam, the student is shown how many mistakes were made and in which elements. So the student knows exactly which elements need to be practiced or require additional explanation.
If a student fails the exam, our artificial intelligence robot Chessto comes into action. It analyses the mistakes that were made during the exam and on the basis of this it compiles a package of lessons that need to be practised in order to pass the next attempt.
As a teacher you can leave the guidance to Chessto without any worries. Of course, it is always possible to view the exam results yourself. Click on the eye symbol in the Exams tool to see your student's results.
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 first Chessity exam! You can download these diplomas via the button ‘Print diploma for selected users’ in the Exam tool:
(Note: this feature is not available yet, but will be shortly).
Many students (and especially children) like receiving a real, tangible diploma. We recommend using high-quality paper (at least 120 grams) to print out the diplomas. Diplomas can be handed out individually to students, but of course, it can also be fun to wait until a number of students have passed the exam and organise a celebration.