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Is an exam paper greater than the sum of its parts? A Literature Review of Question Paper Structure and presentation

By Victoria Spalding

Abstract

Literature relating to question paper structure and presentation was reviewed in order to gain insight into good practice for question paper writing. This issue is particularly relevant at present as AQA have announced plans to revolutionise their exam construction process; moving towards using question banking.

There is very little literature available which directly addresses question paper structure and presentation. Nonetheless, some general guidance has been produced from reviewing the existing literature, though it should be noted that hard and fast rules should not be applied to question paper writing.

AQA’s current practices were discussed in light of the general guide generated from the research, revealing potential areas which AQA may choose to address.

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Spalding, V (2009). Is an exam paper greater than the sum of its parts? A Literature Review of Question Paper Structure and presentation, Manchester: AQA Centre for Education Research and Policy.

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