Unseen short-answer

An unseen paper, that does not require students to provide essay length answers. Answer length can vary from a single word or short sentence to a paragraph.

Pros: lower risk per question than an essay exam. Can test a breadth of knowledge and skills in one paper. Tests a wider range of topics and/or ILOs than an essay exam.

Cons: Cannot test student’s ability to construct an extended, reasoned argument. Favours those with good recall, but may not probe deeper understanding.

Workload guide

Preparation time Medium Student workload High Marking time High


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