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Testing and assessing

Is testing and assessment part of your daily work? On this page you will be able to quickly find the information that is relevant to your role.

The different phases of conducting a test are: the preparation, the implementation, the evaluation and the improvement. For each phase, you will find the contact details for potential questions as well as the quality requirements [in Dutch], good examples, useful links and tips down below.

Phase 1: the preparation
At the level of the institution and the faculty, the first phase involves setting up an educational vision [in Dutch], including an assessment vision, and a testing policy [in Dutch]. For the examiner (teacher) it is in this phase, among other things, relevant which test form is being used. Furthermore, the Examination Board establishes its working method in this phase.

Phase 2: the implementation
In the second phase, it is mainly the examiner (teacher) who is in charge. He or she is responsible for the development, administration and assessment of the test.

Phase 3: the evaluation
In the third phase, evaluation takes place. Both the testing policy in its entirety as well as the testing of individual course units and the coordinated testing of the final attainment levels of the programme through the final project are subject to evaluation. In this phase, an important role is reserved for the Examination Board. This committee checks whether the quality of the tests fulfils the set requirements.

Phase 4: the improvement
In the final phase, improvements are made to the entire process. The quality of testing, the organisation and the decision-making structure are systematically and demonstrably improved with the active involvement of students, lecturers, support staff, programme committees and examination boards.

Tips
Looking for practical tips concerning education and assessments? Please have a look here. VU NT&L publishes weekly useful tips, for instance this one on the number of questions in a multiple choice exam.