E-assessment: Guide to Effective Practice

The four organisations which regulate qualifications in the UK - the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), DELLS (Wales), CCEA (Northern Ireland) and SQA - have collaborated to develop a publication, E-assessment: Guide to Effective Practice.

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The guide has been produced predominately for colleges and training providers but it may also be of use to schools and Higher Education establishments and for awarding bodies.

It covers two key aspects of e-assessment: the management and delivery of e-testing and the use of e-portfolios for assessment.

You can also download individual components or sections of the guide below.


A limited number of paper copies of the guide are available free of charge. Details of how to order a paper copy of a publication can be found in the Publications, Sales and Downloads section of this website.

The QCA e-futures website provides access to the version of the guide created for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can access this version of the Guide by using the following link:

Piloting and case studies

The E-assessment: Guide to Effective Practice has been piloted in selected centres, and resulting Case Studies and examples from these organisations have been included in the Link opens in new windowe-Assessment Toolkit. These experiences may be of interest and assistance if you are looking at e-testing and/or e-portfolios, whether with a view to introducing them within your own centre or improving existing practice and staff skills.

In addition to the Guide Case Studies, there are also several which reflect e-assessment practice taking place across the UK. One of these is a case study from Dumfries and Galloway College on using an e-portfolio approach for SQA qualifications.

Regulatory principles for e-assessment

SQA, QCA, DELLS and CCEA also collaborated to produce Regulatory Principles for e-Assessment, intended to encourage innovative practice and also to enhance the quality assurance of e-assessment. 

During 2009/10 the qualifications regulators for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland carried out a survey of Awarding Bodies responses to the Regulatory Principles for e-assessment.

The report of the outcomes of this work can be viewed by using the following link: Survey on Principles of e-regulation Project (62 KB).

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