Exam inspection and exam discussion

After the assessment analysis, the final assessment results are registered. Next, they are communicated to the students. After publishing the grades in Osiris, an exam inspection takes place.

Students of a course have the right to inspect the exam they’ve made. The goal of the inspection is for the student to gain feedback on how they performed on their exam. As a result, students will gain insight into what they did well and where they still need to develop.

In addition, students gain insight on how the appraisal was established. The Education and Examination Regulations (EER) of a study programme describe the procedures of the programme for the inspection of an exam.

Inspection of written exams on paper

An inspection is always organised on campus and planned by employees of the faculty education office. Ask your Teaching Information Point about the procedure for scheduling an inspection.

Inspection of a digital exam

Inspection on campus (Comenius building)

The assessment building at the Comeniuslaan not only offers the possibility to take digital exams, but also to inspect them. This can be done both for groups of students as well as individual students. Read the manual on how to organise an inspection of a digital exam.

Organising an online inspection

You can also choose to organise the inspection online, so students can view their digital exam from home. Discuss with your faculty digital assessment coordinator to see what type of inspection best fits your exam. They will plan the desired inspection.

The inspection as a feedback moment

The inspection moment is mainly also a feedback moment. In addition to communicating the assessment result (score/grade), you also have the possibility to give substantive feedback to the student. You can share the answer model, but also give feedback/-up/-forward. This way you can make sure a formative test also serves a formative function and will not just be the final part of a course.

The feedback you give students can be standardised (the same for every student, usually based on common pitfalls) as well as personalised. The feedback is meant to give students insight on where they currently stand in their learning process. On which subjects did they score well and on which less well? What do they need for their next course?

During an inspection you also get the chance to discuss certain things you noticed during the analysis phase with students. This way you as a lecturer can also get feedback which you can use when (re)designing your lectures and/or assessment. Discussing an exam can therefore be an extension of the assessment analysis.

You can fill in an exam discussion in several ways:

  • Plenary discussing the exam (questions)
  • Having students discuss the exam in groups and then discuss it plenary
  • Having students reflect on their given answers individually or in pairs


For more information you can contact the digital assessment coordinator of the Teaching Information Point at your faculty.