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Assessment and exams explained

All On-demand Learning courses that carry credits are assessed in some way.

Courses that don’t carry credits aren’t formally assessed – but they may include assignments and quizzes to help you gauge your progress and understanding.

Types of assessment

Assessment methods

Formative and summative assessments can be carried out in many ways, including:

  • essays
  • quizzes
  • online tests
  • group work
  • projects
  • your contribution to online discussions
  • final exams.

Exams

Some courses may involve more formal exams that you have to attend in person at the end of your studies. This is more common with Engineering and some of our Law courses.

Where this is the case, we will always make this clear to you on the course page.

You can attend exams:

  • On campus at the University of Aberdeen.
  • At another university or exam centre that is closer to you.
  • At your local British Council Office.

We can help you find a convenient location to sit your exam, wherever you are in the world. You then make the arrangements and book the exam yourself.

Our staff will contact you 6-8 weeks prior to the exam to ask where you want to sit your exam, so we recommend exploring your options well before then.