Tests, quizzes, exams

Objective tests, such as MCQ tests, are very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to enhance learning, as well as saving on marking or administrative time. Examples of practice in this area include independent and self-driven learning (such as diagnostic assessments run prior to the start of term to assess incoming students' competencies), and on-demand or low-stakes asynchronous formative assessments (to monitor students' performance and provide feedback during a course, as well as foster independent learning). Other examples include the use of MCQs in face-to-face teaching to engage students, using "clickers" (e-voting).

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Further reading

Writing questions

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Practical help

Need help, for example on how to set things up in Blackboard or Questionmark? Have a look at the links on our Online asessment page.

Unsure where to start? Please contact us with your questions.


You'll need to think about:

  • What are the aims of the assessment?
  • How many students will take the test?
  • Who needs to be involved, what support will you need?
  • Who will coordinate and help with the development of the questions and tests?
  • Who will coordinate all the activities and people involved?
  • Timescales: when is the first assessment?
  • How will the use of e-assessment be evaluated?

Contact us and we can help you plan. You might also want to read our detailed Planning your assessment guidance.