Better assessment, brighter future

Our background

Cito took the first steps towards developing Questify in the late 1990s. After years of rigorous development, innovation and testing, we decided to make the platform available to our clients. Cito makes extensive use of Questify, and the tests it generates using the platform account for 70% of its annual turnover (in excess of 60 million Euros). With a workforce of over 600 professionals, Cito is dedicated to providing effective and fair assessment. We involve thousands of other experienced test specialists from the education and business communities in the development and building of our tests and exams. One example of this is the Netherlands' test for primary school leavers, which is taken every year on paper or in a computer based format by over 160,000 pupils across the country.

Questify as a test platform

From the very beginning, Cito has supported the development of Questify and the platform forms the basis of Cito's entire test and examination process. We now want to give other organisations the opportunity to benefit from using this robust and well-tested platform.
Sitting tests or exams can be stressful. The results are often vital for your future and nobody wants to leave anything to chance. That is why it is crucial that systems work properly and results are reliable. Questify delivers professional results and turns test developers into test experts. It also enables people to aim for and achieve the highest levels of testing quality. Our extensive experience in the field of psychometric testing means that Questify is an unrivalled test platform. Questify allows results to be easily interpreted. It can also be rapidly scaled up and adapted to suit individual needs. Questify inspires users to think outside the box and enables developers to push the boundaries of testing.


Questify aims to lead the way in applying knowledge and technology to testing, both within the Netherlands and elsewhere. We believe in testing skills by using the most reliable and independent methods. Together with our partners, we want to continue to develop and grow our Questify platform.
Many clients want to compile and administer their own tests. We know from experience that it is impossible to offer a ‘one size fits all’ system. Our research has shown that organisations:
  • have widely varying requirements which require tailor-made solutions
  • do not like being tied to one vendor
  • do not want high investment and maintenance costs
  • want to migrate to new systems with ease
  • are looking for a partner, not a supplier.
By pooling our strengths, we offer clients:
  • a wider range of technology solutions
  • higher levels of service, by incorporating a wider range of resources
  • increased and enhanced functionality
Our partners are:

Markets / Clients

Questify is used by over 50 testing services, including the following:

  • National Secondary Education Exams (paper and computer-based)

    The total number of computer-based exams taken at secondary education level in the Netherlands during 2013 was as follows:
    1. 40,000 (national vocational exam, written + practical)
    2. 160,000 (pre-vocational secondary education, 11 subjects)
    These exams are held between April and May each year. Schools can schedule the exams at any time during this period.
  • Secondary Education Maths Test (paper and computer-based)

    300,000 computer-based exams were taken at secondary education level (comprising pre-university education, higher general secondary education and pre-vocational secondary education) during 2013. The maths tests for these three levels are held over a total of 20 days (two periods of two weeks). This equates to an average delivery of 15,000 exams per day.
  • National Senior Secondary Vocational Education Exams, (COE’s) (paper and computer-based)

    150,000 computer-based exams were taken at the higher secondary vocational education level during 2013. This is expected to rise to 400,000 exams per year by 2015.
    The exams are taken over three two-week periods and schools can schedule the exams at any point during these times. There are ten different versions of each test and, on average, around 17,500 exams will be delivered during a five-day period.
    In two years’ time, more exam-taking periods will be needed due to the expected increase in the number of exams being taken. There will then be four two-week periods. Ultimately, our aim is to enable schools to schedule exams at any time of the year, as and when required.
  • Cito Monitoring System for Primary Education

    At least 85% of all the schools in the Netherlands make use of the Pupil Monitoring System with tests that have been created within Questify. Here are some facts and figures:

    • Approx. 6,000 schools use at least part of the monitoring system
    • Approx. 4,300 schools have an annual subscription to the LOVS Computer Program
    • Approx. 450 schools use computer-based tests to assess one or more skills
    • More than 600,000 computer-based exams are currently taken each year
    The following is an example of a peak exam load from one particular day:
    • For 50% of the delivery sessions: at least 600 exams
    • For 10% of the delivery sessions: at least 5,200 exams
    • On January 24th 2012: 12,339 exams
    The above figures do not include trial tests or the computer-based version of the primary school leavers' test.