Question Mark Introduces LDAP Authentication Capability

April 3, 2001

STAMFORD, CT – April 2, 2001 – Question Mark Corporation, the leading provider of testing and assessment software since 1988, is introducing an LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) authentication product that makes it possible to verify assessment participants against centralized directories.

With Question Mark ™ Perception ™ for LDAP, a user gets referred to an assessment on a web peg and enters his or her LDAP user name and password for authentication. This saves organizations from having to synchronize user name and password systems; it also means that names to do not need to be entered into the Perception security database. Product details are available at

This is a tremendous benefit for organizations with centralized directories, said Question Mark President Eric Shepherd. People no longer need one central password and one Perception password, because their central organization directory controls access to Perception. So far, Perception has been successfully tested with two implementations of LDAP: Microsoft Active Directory and Netscape Directory Server.

About Question Mark and Perception

Question Mark has been producing testing and assessment software since 1988, enabling educators and trainers to write, administer, and report on tests and surveys securely using individual PCs, local networks, the Internet, and intranets.

Question Mark Perception software allows people to create question files without programming experience or knowledge of HTML. Users can create multiple question banks from which to assemble tests and surveys, organizing questions into topics and sub-topics. They can shuffle questions and answers for each participant and preview sessions to see how they will appear post-deployment. Question types include multiple choice, multiple response, numeric, word response, essay, fill-in-the-blank, matching/ranking, hot spot, drag and drop, and matrix. They can present questions with videos, graphics and a wide variety of styles.

Participants can use a run-time system (with Perception for Windows) or a browser (with Question Mark for Web) to answer questions. For high stakes exams, where the content is valuable, Perception Secure Browser can be used to limit printing, navigation and save-to-disk functions. The participant receives the feedback that the test author has specified. Answers are then saved to a file for scoring and analysis with Enterprise Reporter, which offers a variety of report formats.

Businesses, governments, schools, colleges, and universities in more than 45 countries use Question Mark software. Typical applications include exams, quizzes, study aids, diagnostic tests, pre-course skills assessments, and course evaluations. Question Mark Corporation is actively involved with the IMS Global Learning Consortium and supports open standards. Visit for more information or call 800-863-3950.