Writing Effective Assessment Questions

Aimed At: This workshop is designed for academic staff who set assessments for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students.

Workshop Overview

No matter how good your assessment methods are, students’ good work can be undone by having poor assessment questions. We will look at what makes a good assessment question and the techniques you can use to ensure all your questions test the knowledge, skills and understanding you want.

It’s organised as a combination of a short face-to-face session, with the option to stay after the end of the session to continue the discussion. It is planned to develop on-line materials to back up the face-to-face session and you will be introduced to these in the workshop.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identified the key features of good assessment questions
  • Practiced writing assessment question
  • Have a range of strategies available to them to help with the task
Newcastle Offer
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Student Engagement
Outline Programme

The workshop programme is as follows:

  • Good assessment questions
  • Strategies to help writing questions
  • Writing your own questions

UKPSF Dimension

Completion of this workshop will help you to evidence the following::

  • A3 Assess and give feedback to learners
  • A5 Engage in CPD in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy
  • K2 Appropriate methods for teaching, learning and assessing
  • V3 Use evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research

PRE-WORKSHOP PREPARATION REQUIRED: Please bring with you one or more examples of assessment questions from your context which you wish to examine.

Booking Details

Sue Gill

10:00 - 12:00

    It is not possible to access the workshop booking form unless connected to the University's campus network, should you wish to book a place on this workshop please contact the Organisational Development Team on 0191 208 2277.


    2 hours


    Jane Eggleston extension 83451

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