oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - The revolutionised closed-book examination paper

Volume 5 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1684-498X



The written examination paper still remains the preferred form of assessment at higher education institutions. The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) (2001:24) confirms this reality but suggests that it becomes an option and not the rule of thumb anymore. When observing the compilation process of the examination paper it is quite striking how lecturers simply ""pick"" the content areas to be assessed, formulate questions according to their preferred learning style and thinking preferences, and show little to no feelings of pride and enjoyment in their examination paper creations. The main focus of this paper is to provide lecturers with a toolkit of creative ideas on how to give the external and internal layout of the examination paper some learning modality appeal.

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