A wide range of assessments will be administered in 2020-21. Online assessments will continue to replace physical examinations in most instances, until further notice.
However, a small number of in-person on campus examinations will be necessary to maintain professional recognition awards.
It is our aim, as far as possible, to build accessibility into our online assessments so that students registered with Disability Services do not need to request a further adjustment. However, if you receive details of an online assessment and think that you may require a reasonable adjustment to ensure the assessment is accessible to you, please contact your Disability Officer to discuss this.
Please note: when appropriate your agreed reasonable adjustments and academic supports (as detailed in your Individual Student Support Agreement – ISSA) will continue to be applied, where possible.
Please see further information below.
Standard Timed assessments
If a timed class test or exam is being replaced with an online test or exam, the recommendations detailed within your Individual Student Support Agreement should continue to be applied.
E.g. If a 2 hour exam is being replaced with 2 hour online exam and you usually receive extra time to complete standard timed exams on campus, you should expect to receive additional time to complete the /exam online as follows:
- 2hr exam + additional time recommended on ISSA + time for technological needs/upload (TBC)
The same applies if you are entitled to rest breaks:
- 2hr exam + rest break time recommended on ISSA + time for technological needs/upload.
For those requiring extra time and rest breaks:
- 2 hour exam + additional time recommended on ISSA + rest break time* recommended on ISSA + time for technological needs/upload.
*rest break allowances should be added when the extra time has been calculated and the tech allowance added at the end.
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Some class tests are in the format of Multiple-Choice Questions, these are timed assessments and require you to read and chose the appropriate answer. Please read all guidance and instructions carefully. Some of these tests will already have extra time built into the format of the assessment. Please check the guidance from your lecturer on Canvas.
A timed online open-book exam is an assessment that is set under timed conditions and allows you to access your notes and resources. An open-book exam may be offered as an alternative to a normal written exam as a result of the requirement to offer more digital teaching and assessment opportunities. The duration of open-book exams will vary depending on the course of study and learning outcomes being assessed, but be assured that the questions posed will be based on agreed exam questions for the respective module of study.
There will be no additional time allowance or rest breaks allocated to online open-book assessments. This is because the duration of the assessment is intended to be fully inclusive for students with disabilities and is relative to the time that would be permitted under standard conditions.
For example, if a 24 hour open-book exam is set to replace a standard 2 or 3 hour standard exam, students who normally require reasonable adjustments such as; additional time to complete the exam or rest breaks to manage their disability, will automatically be accommodated with the extended time on offer.
Please note the following guidance points:
- Students are not expected to spend the full 24 hours on completing the exam, but a comparable amount of time they would normally spend on completing the exam if they were on campus.
- Additional time will only be added to open-book exams when the timeframe given to complete the exam does not meet the recommended additional time allowance for your individual needs.
For example, a 7hr open-book assessment for an exam that would usually be allocated as a 4hr exam and student is entitled to 100% additional time.
Tips for preparing for an Open book exam
- An open-book exam will require you not only to rely on information you have memorised but on your understanding of the information you have been taught.
- It is important to manage your time well and allow time for reading, planning and reviewing your work.
- You will need to think about the resources you will need e.g. books, lectures notes, journals. Be realistic about how much you can read during the time you have.
- Plan your assignment well and ensure you are answering the question/ title that has been asked. Take some short breaks and pause occasionally to review your work.