Assessment methods

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Different assessment methods allow you to assess different aspects of student learning. Having the right mix of methods means that a number of different skills can be assessed. This section enables you to explore some possible assessment methods by examining their advantages, challenges, validity and rigour. It also offers insight into how students might experience these methods as well as links to examples of these methods in practice.

Several of these methods can take place under various conditions – under exam conditions, in class, at home, or online. Varying these conditions rewards different student abilities. You can therefore read this section in tandem with Assessment Conditions.

If you would prefer to select assessment methods based on skills you would like to develop in your students, you may prefer to use this useful list (pdf).

Annotated bibliographies


Case studies

Class participation



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Policy papers



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Research proposals

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