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1 Don’t do it on your own! Make sure you get feedback on each of your questions from colleagues. They can spot whether your question is at the right level more easily than you can. Having someone else look at one’s draft exam questions is extremely useful, and it is better still when all questions are discussed and moderated by teams of staff. Where possible, draft questions with your colleagues. This allows the team to pick the best questions from a range of possibilities, rather than use every idea each member has.
Table 2 Task: what do you think traditional exams really measure? Make your decisions below, then compare your views to those of other people – particularly those who mark exams. Factors measured by time-constrained unseen written exams? 1 How much you know about your subject? 2 How much you don’t know about your subject? 3 The quantity of revision that you will have done? 4 The quality of revision that you will have done? 34 Measured very well Measured to some extent Not really measured EXAMS OF VARIOUS SORTS Table 2 continued Factors measured by time-constrained unseen written exams?
However, students still need feedback, and making notes for yourself of the things you would have 33 500 TIPS ON ASSESSMENT explained about common mistakes can help you prepare some discussion notes to issue to students after the exam, or can remind you of things to mention next time you teach the same subjects. 9 Provide feedback for yourself and for the course team. As you work through the scripts, note how many students answered each question, and how well they performed. You may begin to realise that some questions have turned out to be very well written, while others could have been framed better.