BKO module 4: Test construction

BKO module 4: Test construction

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For whom

This module is intended for non-Dutch-speaking lecturers or PhD candidates who are involved in designing tests. This module is one of the core modules within the BKO trajectory for UvA lecturers.


After this module:

  • you understand the main requirements for designing assessments (validity, reliability, transparency, practicality, positive impact on learning);
  • you are able to construct a test matrix for a course;
  • you are able to write exam questions at the chosen cognitive level;
  • you know the key elements of well-formulated open and closed questions;
  • you know how to determine the cut-off score (pass/fail);
  • you are able to carry out a basic item analysis for an exam with closed questions.


This module focuses on the main requirements for constructing assessments. Among the central topics are general quality criteria for assessment, designing a test on the basis of a test matrix, formulating open and closed questions, the number of questions needed for a reliable test and methods of determining the cut-off score.

In the module, assessment theory will be applied to the test material brought by the participant. Exam questions are analysed and suggestions for improvement are made where possible.


The LEARN! Academy offers this course in one-on-one instruction.


If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Sjoukje Colenbrander (see below for contact information).


For further information, please contact:

Sjoukje Colenbrander
T 020 59 86903  •  learnacademy@vu.nl