AlphaPlus - Supporting awarding organisations

Training services for awarding organisation teams

Alternative assessment types

Level:  Introductory

Duration:  4 hours

Description:  To create credible and relevant assessments, assessment professionals need to be fully aware of the range of options open to them, including the options for technology-based assessment.

Many qualifications in the UK use a wide range of task types.

This session will look at a wide range of assessment types, their key features, where they are considered valuable and the settings in which they could be used.

The programme also discusses the limitations of these assessment types in terms of validity and reliability, as well as the performance monitoring approaches that can be used to evaluate their quality in practice. 

Topics covered:

  • controlled assessment
  • portfolio-based assessment
  • observational assessment
  • performances & presentation
  • essays and assignments
  • short answer and long answer exams
  • objective tests
  • practical work
  • field work
  • oral assessment
  • assessment fitness for purpose
  • validity and reliability
  • Typical Task – consideration of the fitness for purpose, validity and reliability of assessments for your qualifications.


For more information about our AO training service, please contact Giilian Whitehouse:

Email Gillian

Phone: 07881 361718

Sample training materials

We recognise that many of our courses deal with complex topics which can take time to understand. All our delegates receive a complete training pack comprising the materials covered, a handbook covering the subject, copies of the exercises, and a targeted reading list for further study.

We've uploaded some of our training materials for you to view. Please click on the link below to access a zip file of these PDFs:

  • Vocational qualification development guidance
  • Vocational qualification development presentation
  • Vocational qualification development reading list

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