SecurePDF from AlphaPlus 

SecurePDF is a web-based system which provides time-controlled release of secure electronic examination documents to examination centres.

Reduce your distribution costs for exam papers by sending electronic secure documents to centres.


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Key benefits

  • Reduce or remove the costs of distributing examination documents to centres both in the UK and internationally.
  • Improve the security of examination documents both in-transit and while at the centre. Every examination document is encrypted and password-protected with user-specific access codes, and watermarked with the centre and centre administrator identification.
  • Retain complete control over when examination documents are available to centres for download using configurable download “windows”.
  • Retain a complete audit trail of downloads, users and centres for each set of examination documents.

How SecurePDF works

How does it work for awarding organisations?

The process is simple – we’ve designed it in conjunction with awarding body staff to avoid unnecessary complexity and to focus on making repetitive tasks easier. The steps are:

  1. Upload Exam Packs to the system. An Exam Pack contains all the documents you require the centre to download in advance of the examination.
  2. Create Examination Windows. An Examination Window specifies when an Exam Pack becomes available for download, and when the download window closes.
  3. Allocate the Examination Window to one or more centres. It can be specific to a subset of centres or available to all centres.
  4. Notify the centres’ SecurePDF contacts by email to let them know about their upcoming Examination Windows.
  5. Monitor the centres downloading documents. SecurePDF makes it easy to spot centres which haven’t downloaded their Exam Packs, as the download window approaches its end date.

How does it work for centres?

  1. Centres receive personal login details for their administrative staff.
  2. Centres receive notifications of Examination Windows by email.
  3. Centres download encrypted Exam Packs when available. The downloaded files are encrypted, password protected and watermarked with their centre name.
  4. The centre administrator receives the Exam Pack password via an automated email from SecurePDF.
  5. The centre administrator prints the Exam Packs for their candidates. Each document is watermarked with their identification to discourage security breaches such as photocopying the paper.

The SecurePDF service

  1. The service is provided as a cloud-based software-as-a-service. We maintain the servers and provide you with a Service Level Agreement detailing availability and quality of service.
  2. We provide a telephone and email service to answer helpdesk queries promptly – we recognise that our users rely on SecurePDF for time-critical activities.
  3. The service includes all functionality upgrades. The service also includes any required updates to SecurePDF (for example, to ensure that SecurePDF functions correctly with newly released internet browsers).
  4. Pricing is by annual subscription based on the number of tests you plan to deliver – see the pricing information below for details.

SecurePDF pricing

Pricing is by annual subscription based on the number of tests you plan to deliver

Planned Usage Level for the Year Service Charge 
up to 5,000 tests per year £3,000
5,000 – 9,000 tests per year £5,000
9,000 – 15,000 tests per year £7,000
15,000+ POA

Prices exclude VAT. Service is hosted within the UK.

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