Best kept secret in exams: How Exam Bureau Services help you gain efficiencies


It’s no secret to those who work in the industry, that running exams and the associated processes can be time-consuming, complicated and often expensive. If you run MCQ or OSCE exams Speedwell Software can help improve your exam processes.

Speedwell writes:

Did you know we offer Bureau Services? A service where you can outsource some or all of your exam administration saving you time and often money too.

Whilst our eSystem online exam software can help streamline both online and paper-based assessments, we realise that this may not be the solution for everyone. You may not be in a position or want to invest in new software right now.…

What do we offer with our Bureau Services?

Our Bureau Services can help with the design and print of exam papers, data collection, scanning, analysing the results and preparing a range of reports so you have vital exam statistics quickly and accurately. Essentially, we can help with anything which may take up a lot of your valuable time and resources.

Why use Speedwell Bureau Services?

How often do you think or say that there are just not enough hours in the day? Maybe your exams have grown in recent years and the quantity of work involved is becoming too much for the team. Outsourcing to us can ease some of this pressure and free up time to concentrate on other tasks.

Perhaps you are about to run a high stakes exam and need to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Outsourcing to us - with our experience and expertise - can give extra support and take the pressure off.

There may be times when you are dealing with staff shortages at a critical time, or you have new or inexperienced staff; using our Bureau Services in these circumstances can help with stretched resources or give new staff valuable time to get up to speed without compromising the exam.

We’re flexible too; we can offer support with the exam design, print, scanning and analysis, right through to sending a dedicated technician to be onsite and assist whilst the exam is being run - if that’s what’s required.

In essence our Bureau Services can make exam management easy whether it’s on a one-off basis or part of a regular contract.

Exam Expertise

You can rest assured that your exams will be safe with us; we’ve lived and breathed exams for over 30 years and over 2 million exams are powered by our exam software each year. Don’t just take our word for it; more and more of our customers are turning to our expertise and using our Bureau Services to help with their exams.  

Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry were one such customer. They turned to Speedwell to help with one of their OSCE exams in June 2018. Our services were required to help with many aspects of the exam, from the creation and setting up the OSCE stations, to importing in candidates and allocating them to stations. We then arranged the overprinting of the question sheets ready for the exam. Once the exam had been taken, the exam papers were sent back to us where we scanned them and produced detailed exam and candidate reports.  All tasks were completed securely to protect the integrity of the exam at all times.

After the exam, Amanda Gaddes, Education Administrator, Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry said: “My first experience with Speedwell has been entirely positive. The staff went above and beyond to help us meet tight deadlines and they were always helpful, patient and professional. They have without a doubt saved us time, in both the construction of the exam papers and with the grading. I would not hesitate to recommend Speedwell and will certainly be using their bureau services again”

The European board of Ophthalmologists provide another example, since their EBO Diploma exam was first introduced in 1995, the number of candidates has grown immensely and in 2015 over 550 candidates sat the exam.  When it was first introduced everything was done manually however, with such huge numbers that was no longer feasible so they turned to Speedwell and our onsite bureau service to help automate and streamline the process.

Read the full Case Study here

Talk to the team

We want to make sure your exams run smoothly - using our Bureau Service to outsource the hard work can not only be a cost-effective alternative to doing it in house - but can give added peace of mind at a critical time. 

If you would like to find out more about our bureau services and how we can assist you, then contact us for a quote now. Call our sales team on +44 (0) 1223 851703 or email


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