Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment (TESTA)
Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment (TESTA) at Kent aims to improve the quality of student learning by reviewing and enhancing programme-level assessment regimes. The methodology is based on the NTFS funded TESTA Project at the University of Winchester (2009-2012; www.testa.ac.uk).
TESTA functions in three stages:
- mapping programme assessment
- developing interventions
- evaluating assessment changes
UELT can assist Schools to profile programme level assessment using TESTA methodology to prepare the programme assessment portrait and to devise and evaluate interventions (as required). Other Schools may wish to review their own assessment using the d-i-y TESTA templates.
The following programmes have participated in TESTA reviews:
- 2010/2011: Pharmacy; Philosophy. Summative assessments reduced; formative assessments increased
- 2011/2012: Pharmacy; KBS ( MSc VCM; MSc Management; MBA; July BABS Medway; Sports Studies; Law; Pharmacy: achieved great results in retention and progression; TESTA results used with programme accreditation documentation.
- 2012/2013: Politics IR; MSc VCM; BBA; (Testa light on 6 Philosophy modules). VCM reviewing programme assessment.
- 2013/2014: MBA; Economics, Psychology (d-i-y testa)
- 2016/2017: Accounting and Finance.
For more on the results of TESTA:
- At the University of Kent
- Apampa & Cohen poster presentation at the Prato Pharmacy Education conference 2013
- TESTA publications.
For more information on assessment design or to get assistance with using the TESTA templates contact the Curriculum Development Team