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Technological innovation affects all aspects of assessment. We use both quantitative and qualitative research methods and draw on the expertise of psychologists, statisticians, psychometricians and computer scientists, as well as that of assessment practitioners and teachers.

Activities range from formative evaluation of new assessment methods, systems and processes, to development of new techniques for monitoring and improving the validity, reliability and efficiency of assessments.

Our research has allowed us to pilot e-assessment solutions ranging from the computer-mediated to more complex applications of true computer-based assessment. These applications cover subject areas as diverse as Maths, Science, Languages, Geography and Vocational sector competence.

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Should coursework be included in exams?

Insight, 13 January 2014

As the exams regulator prepared to abandon the assessment of coursework counting towards the grades for science A Levels, Tim Oates considered the impact of current coursework – or controlled assessment – arrangements on science teaching.

Education not technology must dominate online exams

News, 13 September 2011

Speaking at the Westminster Education Forum event in London today (13 September 2011), our Group Chief Executive Simon Lebus will explain that many schools simply do not yet have enough machines to allow high numbers of students to take exams at the same time. Tests must be taken at the same time to ensure fairness.

Exam cheats beware

News, 27 May 2011

This summer a new weapon against those who attempt to get away with cheating in examinations will be deployed.

OCR's "pioneering work" - Gove announces changes to ICT curriculum

News, 12 January 2012

Education Secretary Michael Gove praised our UK exam board OCR's "pioneering" work in the field of computer science qualifications, at a major educational technology event in London this week. OCR is currently the only awarding body to offer a computing GCSE.


BETT 2013: Meet the people who make Computing exciting to learn and teach (4:05)

Meet the people who make Computing exciting to learn and teach

E-assessment in high stakes examinations (6:06)

Group Chief Executive Simon Lebus talks about the use of technology in assessment at an e-assessment conference in Singapore


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Seminar: The effective monitoring of marking quality through on-screen marking (35.4MB)

The effective monitoring of marking quality through on-screen marking - featuring Graham Hudson (DRS Data Services Limited), Beth Black (Cambridge Assessment), and Tom Benton (NFER) - 15 November 2011

Research Matters

Research Matters is our free biannual publication which allows us to share our assessment research, in a range of fields, with the wider assessment community.

Research Matters 28: Autumn 2019