What makes good assessment

Watch the videos below and learn about the general principles of assessment that apply to all subjects.

To get the best out of the training videos, you should watch them in order. You may find it useful to watch them with a group so that you can discuss your thoughts.

Principles of assessment

27 Sep 2023

Duration: 13 minutes

This video explores the theory that underlies good assessment. It will give you insight into the key principles that we use when we put assessments together at AQA, including validity, reliability and differentiation.

Understanding students' minds

27 Sep 2023

Duration: 13 minutes

In this video, we explore the cognitive processes involved when students answer exam questions, in particularly looking at where misunderstanding of questions can occur and what causes this.

Language in questions

27 Sep 2023

Duration: 6 minutes

In this video, we look at the role of language in questions. The video covers the use of command words, word difficulty, sentence difficulty and ambiguity. This video aims to give you insight into the work we do at AQA to make our questions accessible and easy to understand.

Mark schemes

27 Sep 2023

Duration: 8 minutes

In this video, we look at best practice when writing mark schemes. It covers the different types of mark schemes, when and why they should be used and common issues to avoid when creating mark schemes. This video aims to provide insight into the work we do at AQA around mark schemes to make sure they support our examiners to mark consistently and fairly.

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Next step

Now that you’ve learnt about the general principles of assessment, the next step is to find out how we design assessments in specific subjects.

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