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Setting and organising a class test


Setting an examination

Format of examination papers

Marking an examination

Feedback on examinations

Setting and marking coursework

Issuing coursework information

Submission of coursework

Return of coursework

Feedback on coursework

Resit coursework

Setting and organising tests

Marking by research students



The Examiner's role in the setting and marking of a class test has the following aspects:

  • Set the class tests for which they are responsible. The test should be at a level of difficulty that aims to yield an average mark for the module in the range 55%-65% for all modules.

  • To help students with dyslexia, the text of the class test should be prepared in TeXShop using the approved sans-serif font "cmbright" (Keith Watling will be able to help staff unfamiliar with the use of this font).

  • Ensure that a class test is moderated before being sat by students. The internal moderator should be given standard solutions together with a detailed marking scheme. The solutions must be complete so that the requirements of the test are clear to the moderator.

  • Ensure that the marking of a test is moderated if the test contributes more than 20% to the total module assessment (if the contribution to the total assessment is less than or equal to 20% the marking need not be moderated).

  • Give a numerical mark to all students for each class test (students must be made aware that all such marks are provisional until ratified by the Board of Examiners).

Guidelines for the organisation and conduct of class tests

  • When scheduled during the teaching part of a semester, it is suggested that the time allowed for a test is 45 minutes; this should allow sufficient time for students to move to/from other rooms.

  • Special arrangements must be made for any student who is allowed extra time in examinations and tests (the Administrative Assistant will help with this).

  • Each test should include a rubric that clearly states the time allowed and the conditions under which the test is sat (e.g. whether or not the test is "open book", whether or not a calculator may be used, etc). The rubric of a multiple-choice test must include guidance on the marking scheme to be used.

  • Students shall sign a class list to signify their attendance; the list should be circulated during the test (in a large group more than one list will be needed as there will be insufficient time for a single list to be signed by everyone).

  • For a standard written test, each examiner should prepare a cover sheet on which each student should enter their name, programme, ID number and number of pages submitted; the cover sheet is to be folded around the test before submission. All students should be advised to write their name and ID number on every sheet of paper submitted. (The purpose of this cover sheet is to reduce the possibility of work being lost.)

Additional guidelines for class tests in A and B modules

  • Apart from the tests in Calculus and Linear Algebra, each test will take place in a timetabled lecture period about half way through the module (preferably in either week 6 or week 7). In part A modules the timing of coursework assignments must be taken into account when scheduling the class test.

  • For Calculus and Linear Algebra the test will take place in week 15 of semester one and will be marked by the small-group tutors. The cover sheets for Calculus and Linear Algebra (see above) should contain a space for each student to write the name of their small-group tutor.

  • Each test will be equivalent to one examination-style question, although the interpretation of this is very much module dependent and is at the discretion of the examiner.


  • In the event of a resit, it is recommended that students are asked to submit complete solutions for one or more questions from an existing examination paper.
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