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Types of Summative Assessment

summartive assessment

'Summative' assessments are set to enable tutors to evaluate, and assign a mark to their students' learning at a particular point in time. The mark assigned contributes to the final outcome of the students' degree.

The most important thing when completing any form of assessment or examination is to establish what the goalposts are, by looking at:

  • the exact details of the assignment, including instructions about format, presentation and structure
  • the marking criteria for the assessment
  • the "intended learning outcomes" for the course, i.e. what the tutor has stated that s/he expects you to be able to demonstrate in order to pass the course

These should be made available in handbooks, via Blackboard and/or on course unit outlines distributed by the course unit leader.

Summative Assessment Methods currently in use include:

  • Unseen Examination in controlled conditions (e.g. 3 questions in 3 hours)
  • Seen exam paper in controlled conditions (as above, but you know the question(s) in advance)
  • Open Book or Take-Away exam
  • Multiple Choice Test in controlled conditions (paper-based)
  • In-class test
  • Essay or Report (e.g. on an individual or group project)
  • Portfolio
  • Dissertation
  • Presentation (may be peer-assessed and/or tutor-assessed)
  • Performance (e.g. musical or dramatic)
  • Oral examination (e.g. foreign language speaking skills)
  • Attendance
  • Participation in lectures and/or seminars/online discussion boards, or group work (may be peer-assessed and/or tutor-assessed)
  • Creation of a web page