Testing methods

Learning process

These tests are meant to guide the learning process in preparation for the final test:

  • Clickers: During lectures, lecturers test whether or not the material has been conveyed. They do this by using voting machines that you have with you in the lecture room. These voting machines are also known as ‘Clickers’. By individually answering multiple-choice questions, you can use your Clicker to show whether or not you have a good grasp of the material. You also become aware of which material you understand well and the material that needs extra attention.
  • Interim tests: During courses, so-called interim tests are held regularly during the Bachelor’s degree program at TU/e. These are small tests that are assessed within a few days by the lecturer. The test provides you with feedback so that you can determine which parts still need extra attention. The test may also count for a small percentage towards your final grade.
  • Practice tests: A lecturer will always give a practice test before a final test (final examination), which will be discussed during the final lecture. This will also provide you with insight into your academic progress at the end of a course. The feedback received from the final practice test can serve to help you prepare optimally for the final examination.

Certification

Testing for certification has the goal to evaluate if you have reached the set final objectives. An optimum testing method (or combination of methods) will be chosen depending on the knowledge and skills to be tested. Each test is compiled, held and assessed with great care to determine fairly whether and with which grade you have completed a study component. To enable you to prepare optimally for the final test, information will always be available beforehand about the testing method and the type of questions you can expect. The written test is a common testing method, but various other forms of testing are also often chosen within programs.

  • Written test: examination weeks take place a number of times a year in which written final tests are held. These dates are made known before August 1 of each academic year. These final tests will usually consist of open questions in which you can show how you arrived at a certain answer. The result of a written test is made known after a few weeks. You will always have the opportunity to examine the test once it has been graded. A written test may be retaken once.
  • Design: depending on the course, it is expected that an individual or team design is submitted, which will be assessed according to predefined criteria.
  • Presentations: engineers are expected to be able to give presentations in their field. Presentations are therefore a suitable form of testing.
  • Reporting: scientists must be able to report adequately on research they have conducted. This is a skill that is taught during each program and used as a testing method right from the outset.
  • Oral test: a lecturer may also choose to hold an oral test as an alternative to the mentioned testing methods. In a scheduled meeting, the lecturer will question you on the course material. An external examiner can also be present during this test if you or the lecturer deems this useful.