Questionmark Perception

What is it?

Questionmark Perception (QMP) is a dedicated system for delivering and managing online formative, high-stakes summative assessment and examinations. It is widely used both in the academic and the commercial sector in the UK.

QMP offers a wide range of options when designing assessments and detailed feedback on assessment results. Students access tests via a web browser either synchronously (often in a computer lab) or in their own time on their own device, depending on how the test has been designed.

The University is currently using Version 5.7 of Questionmark Perception.

Changes to the Questionmark service - Summer 2019

Our current self-hosted Questionmark platform is being upgraded to version 6 and migrated to the cloud-based On Demand service in July 2019. Read more about the upgrade.

Why use it?

  • Robust and reliable, with a range of secure delivery options for online exams
  • Broad range of question types
  • Flexible scoring options including partial scoring and negative marking
  • Enables adaptive testing
  • Powerful reporting engine with detailed statistics on questions and tests
  • Customisable email broadcasting and notifications

What does online assessment look like?

These examples illustrate some key question types and assessment design:

Case studies

The following are examples of online assessment practice at the University:

How do I start using Questionmark Perception?

You will need to contact us to talk about what you would like to do and to arrange training. Setting up online assessments is usually very front-loaded and requires some awareness of relevant University regulations, particularly for exams. You will need to make sure you have enough time and support. Our page on planning your assessment will give you a good idea of the types of task involved.

What support is available?

These pages contain support materials and trained users of the system have access to Questionmark's own support pages. If you have any questions, please email

We can provide advice and support on the following: