In 2013 there were 83,000 takers for the CMAT, 1.96 lakh for the CAT and over 17 lakh for the SBI’s probationary officers test. Here to help them prep and practice for the tests is a gamified, adaptive learning platform called Oliveboard.
Based out of Bangalore, Oliveboard was founded by former InMobi employees Abhishek Patil and Satish Kumar in 2012.
How Does Oliveboard Work?
In addition to helping users takes tests and prep for competitive exams, Oliveboard also helps teachers and institutes select and create their own content, build their own apps with a built-in adaptive engine and distribute it over the web.
Post this, Oliveboard aids in creating learning modules for students based on study preferences.
Oliveboard sources its content from content partners who include faculty and publishers from educational institutes around the world. Oliveboard also provides users analysis on performance, highlighting weak areas. The portal generates remedial material upon analysis of the weak areas of performance. In addition, Oliveboard also provides its users weekly and monthly study plans to help manage time.
Users can pick from 3 options while using Oliveboard
As the name suggests, under the learn module, users can choose to learn from video or e-books to learn from. Users can also practice using mock, practice or daily tests. Oliveboard also lets users improve on scores with a feature that shows a users progress.
The platform has different pricing points for different tests that range from Rs 1,999 to Rs 4,999.
How is Oliveboard Different from Other Similar Platforms?
Oliveboard says that its gamified group study feature is one feature that makes it stand out from other educational sites.
Students log into the group study feature and are presented one question a time with a fixed time for each question. Students can use the chat window to solve questions with friends or other during this time. Users can opt to use lifelines like polls for the answers to help solve the problems.
Oliveboard currently has 25,000 active users on board using its platform. In September 2013, the Oliveboard mobile app was rated number one new education app on Android, says Abhishek Patil, co-founder of Oliveboard.
The company is currently focusing on the test prep market in India, but also has plans to expand abroad. Meanwhile, it soon plans to add test prep for engineering students and the GMAT.
Currently bootstrapped with Rs 32 lakhs, the Oliveboard team are looking to raise another round.
We tried Oliveboard’s test prep platform. It worked great. What they could work on is probably automatically redirecting the page to the next question once one is answered. It would save time while practicing.
Coaching centers play an important role in competitive exams and they provide their own study material as well. It will be good for Oliveboard to tie up with them.
Platforms that offer test prep is not new in the Indian market. Sites like MyTestBuddy and Studycopter offer similar services. Studycopter specialises in its GMAT offering, and allows users to personalise and create their own content. Neither have been funded as of yet.