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Planning and Writing Self Assessment


  • The format of self assessment tests.
    • Testing content in the various sections
    • Test length
    • Using diagnostic questions.
    • Feedback
    • Validity and Reliability Issues (See Principles of Assessment 2)

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In this unit we will:
  • Identify self assessment tests techniques
  • Design diagnostic type self assessment questions
  • Give examples of what to test in self assessment formats


Introduction In terms of importance, self-assessment in face-to face teaching ranks higher than that of ODL learning. In a typical classroom setting learners tend to have many opportunities to measure their progress than in an ODL environment. In general ODL learners have limited means to judge their own progress. To compensate for such limitation self-assessment tests are used. Point to note:. Generally, self-assessment test cover a specific area of a course.The purpose of these tests are as follows:

  • to provide learners with summative feedback on their learning of the specific section,
  • to help learners identify any errors, misunderstanding or misconceptions that they may be experiencing
  • to provide learners with remedial strategies to deal with the errors.

Suggested Activities

  • Group discussions
  • Practical exercises to write self-assessment tests.
  • Critically evaluating samples of self-assessment tests and examples feedback .
  • Design and use checklist for selecting question formats.

Here are a few examples

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Participants in groups discuss the following:
  1. What methods can be used to build self assessment into ODL learning material?
  2. What should the self assessment test?
  3. How much self-assessment should be built into ODL courses?
  4. What type of questions make good self-assessment?
  5. How to give feedback from result of the self assessment tests?

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Use the activity to write some test questions
  1. Start by writing an idea for a question.
  2. Write the answer that you expect.
  3. Use answer to write a question that requires the answer.
  4. Write down common errors that students may make.
  5. Write the feedback to these common errors.

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Look at this example of a set typical test questions Example


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