Preparing tauira for their final exam

29 May 2024

To help prepare tauira for success in their final exam, examiners should make all requirements explicitly clear to students, ideally no later than four (4) weeks before the exam date.

The following information should be made available to students as soon as possible:

  1. the technical requirements and expectations
  2. what software/applications they will need
  3. clear rules and instructions (i.e. this is the student’s own work, they are not to communicate with anyone else, your stance on the use of Artificial Intelligence, and what resources students are allowed to access)
  4. the format – time limits, open/closed book, online/paper, invigilated/not invigilated, question types, response length, etc
  5. the coverage – learning outcomes and the modules and/or topics covered.

You can also help prepare your tauira by providing examples of what makes a good response or a poor response to questions, and by providing a practice exam for tauira to get familiar with your question style and/or the question functionality used. The latter is especially important if students are being asked to draw or answer using a different question type than previously experienced in your course (e.g. drag and drop). First-year students who have not yet experienced online exams at Lincoln University will also benefit from a practice exam.

Please note that it is important that your final exam or other final assessment is moderated before making the above information available to students, as requirements may change through the moderation process.

Also refer to our Preparing Tests and Exams Checklist and Tip Sheet and our Moderating Assessment Items Checklist and Tip Sheet.