Spectrum Equity exits exam integrity software platform ExamSoft

The buyer was Turnitin, a provider of academic integrity and assessment services. 

Spectrum Equity sold ExamSoft, a software-based platform for educational institutions, certifications and licensure programs to protect exam integrity. The buyer was Turnitin, a provider of academic integrity and assessment services.

Press Release

Turnitin, a leading provider of academic integrity and assessment solutions, announced today it has acquired ExamSoft, a software-based assessment platform, from Spectrum Equity. ExamSoft empowers educational institutions and certification and licensure programs to protect exam integrity, streamline assessment processes, and improve learning outcomes.

Turnitin has been building and broadening its assessment capabilities since its 2018 acquisition of Gradescope, an assessment platform that streamlines grading workflows across a range of assignment types and subject areas. ExamSoft further expands Turnitin’s portfolio of leading academic integrity and assessment products to include a broad assessment platform serving education, certification, and licensure programs. Together they will offer institutions further flexibility when delivering assessments at all educational and professional levels.

By joining forces, Turnitin and ExamSoft become a single destination for institutions to uphold integrity at every stage in a student’s journey, from book reports and problem sets to high-stakes exams and professional licensure. As one company, they provide expanded product offerings that allow customers to choose the combination of tools and services that best serve their assessment needs. This is particularly important as educational institutions and professional organizations adapt their instruction and assessments for online settings.

“Turnitin and ExamSoft are both committed to safeguarding integrity in education,” said ExamSoft CEO Sebastian Vos. “We look forward to working with the Turnitin team to continue to advance integrity solutions across all levels and modalities of education to improve learning outcomes. We would also like to thank Spectrum Equity for their support and partnership over the past six years. Spectrum always recognized the distinctive value proposition of our product set and the depth of our customer relationships. They worked tirelessly alongside us to leverage these core attributes, expand our strategic vision, and accelerate the growth of our business.”

“Turnitin and ExamSoft share a passion for student success and delivering innovative assessments.” said Turnitin CEO Chris Caren. “Turnitin expanded its assessment capabilities beyond our historical essay focus when we acquired market-leading STEM assessment solution Gradescope two years ago. ExamSoft’s robust testing platform meaningfully complements and grows our existing assessment offerings. Together, we form an even stronger company that meets the ever-changing needs of the educational and professional organizations we serve. We’re thrilled to welcome the ExamSoft team to the Turnitin family.”

“It has been a true pleasure partnering with Sebastian and the entire ExamSoft management team over the last several years, including Britt Nichols and Mike Mitrione. ExamSoft has evolved from a small summative assessment business focusing on a single graduate vertical to a multi-faceted assessment platform with several scaled products, accelerating growth and expanding end-markets thus becoming a highly valuable enterprise at scale,” said Spectrum Equity Managing Director Steve LeSieur. “We are confident that together, ExamSoft and Turnitin will continue to make a meaningful impact in improving outcomes in education. We wish ExamSoft continued success as part of Turnitin.”

About Turnitin

Turnitin is a global company dedicated to ensuring the integrity of education and research and supporting the development of original thinking skills. For more than 20 years, Turnitin has partnered with educational institutions to promote honesty, consistency, and integrity. Our products are used by educators to guide their students towards higher standards of integrity and by students and researchers to do their best, original work. Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Over 15,000 academic institutions, publishers, and corporations use our products: Feedback Studio, Gradescope, iThenticate, Turnitin Originality, Turnitin Similarity.

About ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.

ExamSoft is an education technology company based in Dallas, Texas, that builds scalable software solutions that provide the highest level of exam security and integrity to education and certification institutions across a variety of verticals, settings and modalities. ExamSoft software gives educators and test-takers actionable data to improve performance and create meaningful efficiencies in grading, exam-building, psychometrics and overall assessment. The ExamSoft mission is to deliver superior assessment solutions to increase learning performance for every student, instructor and institution. ExamSoft currently serves more than 1,900 prominent academic, certification and licensing programs and has successfully administered over 61 million exams.

About Spectrum Equity

Spectrum Equity is a leading growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support to innovative companies in the information economy. For over 25 years, the firm has partnered with proven entrepreneurs and management teams to build long-term value in market-leading internet-enabled software and information services companies. Representative investments include Ancestry, Bats Global Markets, Definitive Healthcare, GoodRx, Grubhub, Lucid, Lynda.com, SurveyMonkey, The Knot Worldwide and Verafin. For more information, including a complete list of portfolio investments, visit www.spectrumequity.com.