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Forms of examination and designs of examination

Frequently asked questions and answers

How do I do oral exams when I all students can't do the examination at the same time?

(Last reviewed December 20, 2020) 

If an examination is given orally, you can, and need to, perform the exam over a few days. Oral exams may need to be extended in time (i.e. outside of the scheduled time frame). However, teachers usually say that it works out if you ask the students; many of them are quite flexible. A tip for easier handling can be to arrange group times, where the students present individually to the examiner and each other. Here you can read more about oral examination.

Is it possible to do exams with only pass/fail?

(Last reviewed December 20, 2020)

The president has decided that courses will use the same grading scale as their ordinary exam. This, however, does not rule out the possibility of having a pass/fail exam and that students who want a higher grade can do an oral examination.

Is it possible to have a home exam that is submitted by email?

(Last reviewed December 20, 2020)

Yes, it is possible, but we recommend that you use Canvas Assignments for submissions. If you have a submission in Canvas, you can connect it to Ouriginal (new name for Urkund) to be able to review the file regarding plagiarism.
Here you can read more about home examination.

How do I set up an exam that covers all the intended learning outcomes?

(Last reviewed December 20, 2020)

For remote examinations it is possible to use alternative forms of examination than those stated in the course plan (the special routine for changing examination forms has to be applied). This could mean re-thinking the design of the exam so that all the intended learning outcomes are being examined. The department for learning is continuously working on creating support material regarding how exams can be designed to acheive this.  Here you can read more about how to think when choosing an examination method.

What do I do if I want to hand out different versions of the exam to the students?

(Last reviewed December 20, 2020)

There are several different ways to do this depending on examination design and how you plan to distribute the exam. Contact e-learning@kth.se  if you need support regarding design of examination, and contact it-support@kth.se  if you have technical questions, for example regarding Canvas or Möbius.

I use a question database that I intend to expand and improve before each course round. Can the exam be disclosed as an official document?

(Last reviewed December 20, 2020)

It is possible to invoke confidentiality for examinations that are part of a question bank. The digital exam becomes a public document as soon as the exam is taken, but can be covered by confidentiality if it is standardized. There is support for this in the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act (Offentlighets- och sekretesslagen, OSL), ch. 17, § 4: ”Sekretess gäller för uppgift som ingår i eller utgör underlag för kunskapsprov eller psykologiskt prov under en myndighets överinseende, om det kan antas att syftet med provet motverkas om uppgiften röjs” (roughly) ”Secrecy applies to information that is part of or forms the basis for a knowledge test or psychological test under the supervision of an authority, if it can be assumed that the purpose of the test is counteracted if the information is disclosed”
As long as the same exam documents are used, it is possible to invoke confidentiality for the information in these.

The following are not covered by the possibility of invoking confidentiality:

  • Database questions that are unique to an examination opportunity, i.e. not standardized.
  • Database questions that are not included in the examination, and thus not the basis for the student's grade.

Contact about examination

Do you have questions or wish to receive guidance about conducting examination?

E-mail: e-learning@kth.se , mark your mail: examination guidance

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