Assessment Resource Kit

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Student assessment, Test construction, Tests Assessment Resource Kit (ARK), Paper and pencil tests


This project was supported by a grant under the Curriculum Development Projects Program from the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education,Training and Youth Affairs


A common method of assessment is to present students with a series of questions or prompts and to use students' written responses as evidence of their levels of knowledge, competence, understanding or attitude. We refer to assessments of this kind as 'paper and pen ' assessments. This issue on paper and pen assessment in the Assessment Resource Kit (ARK) magazine series contains five articles: 1. What is paper and pen assessment? 2. A variety of answer formats; 3. Teacher designed paper and pen assessments; 4. Professionally developed tests; 5. Designing paper and pen assessments.

Recommended Citation

Forster, M., & Masters, G. (1999). Paper and pen. Assessment Resource Kit. Australian Council for Educational Research.

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Camberwell, Victoria


Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)


English, English



Paper and pen: Assessment Resource Kit

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