• Issued: October 2015
  • Content last reviewed: October 2015

Assessing the learner allows a training provider to evaluate whether knowledge transfer has occurred. Assessment questions must:

  1. Have clear instructions as to how to answer the question
  2. Be composed in such a way that the mechanism for answering questions is straightforward (e.g. true/false, multiple choice)
  3. Be varied and suitable for the type of question being asked (e.g. the question construction must allow multiple choices to be selected if a question has multiple correct answers)
  4. Be focused on testing knowledge through application to a job-relevant task (e.g. avoid regurgitating information back to a learner)
  5. Cover areas and learning outcomes that have been taught in the eLearning program
  6. Be offered at a suitable level of difficulty based on learner needs (i.e. literacy, language, accommodation)
  7. Be clearly worded (e.g. avoid negative constructions)
  8. Employ plausible distracters with no “trick” distracters
  9. Be programmed to prevent invalid answers (e.g. no option to input text answers or choose more than one answer)
  10. Give the learner the opportunity to change their mind (usually achieved through a “confirm” button or similar action offered before moving on to the next question)

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