What is it?

e-Assessment is the use of technology to manage and deliver assessment. This assessment itself could be diagnostic, formative, or summative. The content can vary: from an online multiple choice quiz to a peer-assessment exercise in which students are required to assess each other's work.

Some of the most widely-used forms of e-assessment are:

  • online tests, quizzes, and exams
  • e-submission and e-marking
  • self- and peer-assessment
  • student response systems

Why use it?

e-Assessment covers a wide range of activities so can have a wide range of benefits. The advantages of e-assessment can include:

  • immediate feedback, tailored to help students improve their knowledge and performance
  • access for students in different geographical locations and at different times
  • sophisticated reporting, allowing you to refine the exercise or identify areas in which more instruction is needed
  • students undertake online tests many times to assess and re-assess their knowledge


Saving staff time can be a driver for implementing e-assessment. e-Assessment can certainly provide efficiency gains once the assessment is established, but it is important to bear in mind that it requires an investment of time up front to establish the materials and processes. Arrangements have to be put in place to ensure that the assessment is secure, reliable and valid, especially for credit-bearing assessments or if students are not monitored when they complete the assessment.

‌How do I start using e-Assessment?

‌It's useful to think about the implementation of e-assessment in terms of a lifecycle:

  • planning
  • authoring
  • preparing to deliver
  • delivering the assessment
  • managing the results
  • review and evaluation, which feeds back into the next round of planning

Thinking about these stages helps to plan staff input.

We can help you talk through your requirements, advise on tools and approaches and question design, provide examples of what has worked elsewhere. Contact us for advice on e-assessment.

Online tests, quizzes and exams

Other forms of e-assessment

Further information

Bristol regulations

Other resources