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. It is also open to those who do speak Dutch but prefer to take a module in English together with international colleagues. 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 participants. Exam questions are analysed and suggestions for improvement are made where possible.


As a preparation for this module you are asked to read through the ‘Kader toetsbeleid UvA’ (in Dutch) and bring it with you. Please email questions that you would like to see answered during the sessions to the trainer at least one week before the start of the module. This ensures that these questions can be incorporated into the programme.

Number of participants

Minimum 8, maximum 12 participants


This module consists of two half-day sessions. Course dates for 2017-2018 will be published.


2016-20167: € 495,-




You can register for this course by filling out this registration form.


For further information on course content, please contact:
Karen van Oyen
020 59 82023 • E  k.e.m.van.oyen@vu.nl

For practical questions, please contact:

Ronny Toers Bijns
T 020 59 83366  • E  ho.ucgb@vu.nl