We investigate a range of topics within this area, including how assessors’ and candidates’ minds work, their behaviours and how these factors interrelate.
By exploring which cognitive skills candidates use in response to an assessment, and what motivates candidates to achieve success, we can evaluate whether the assessments are working as intended.
We support developers in targeting assessments at the correct level by looking at what makes assessments difficult or easy. We are also able to help identify the best modes of assessment for different skills by exploring how the mode of assessment (for example, oral/computer test) relates to performance. Finally, in pinpointing how assessors think as they mark/grade, we are able to provide models to underpin the training of new assessors.