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Assessments and Appraisal

The Testing Policy (pdf, 359 kB) defines the rules relating to assessment and appraisal which have been defined by the programme. The EER (Education and Examination Regulations) have further elaborated on these rules. The Examining Board monitors the quality of assessment and appraisal through various activities including regular screenings and psychometric analysis of multiple-choice questions. In the course descriptions you will find the examiner of each course.

Variety of test forms

The courses recognize the following (combinations of) exam types:

  • Papers, assignments
  • Research reports
  • Essays
  • Multiple-choice exams (including true/false questions and three and four answer options), both on campus/ in paper and online
  • Exams with open-ended questions, both on campus/ in paper and online
  • Presentations
  • Other coursework (e.g. video recordings of interviews or conversations).

The lecturer uses a test matrix in order to guarantee the correlation between learning objectives and assessment. This is monitored by the Examining Board.


If a course uses several methods of assessment, then the course description and course manual will state the relative weighting for the calculation of the final mark. For example: essay (30%) and multiple-choice examination (70%).

Additional rules

If additional rules apply to a course’s assessment, then these will be explained in the (online) course manual. This includes matters pertaining to the following:

  • Whether or not compensation exists between test forms
  • Resits for modular tests which have been failed
  • Maximum marks after resits etc.

Marking periods

Marking periods have been stipulated in the EER, article 4.9.


Assessment criteria for papers, essays, presentations and research reports will be disclosed to students in advance.

Psychometric analysis

In order to guarantee the quality of multiple choice questions, a psychometric analysis will take place after the examination has been sat. This may occasionally lead to the cancellation of questions. Such changes will only be made by the lecturer after collegial consultation and/or after approval has been given by the Examining Board.