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A-Z Assessment Types Cards

You can browse through our A-Z Assessment Types Cards PDF to learn all about the different Assessment Types available, or use the filters and tabs below to learn more. The cards were developed through the ATU Re-imagining Assessment and Feedback for Student Success project which was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and supported by the N-TUTORR Transforming Learning project.

A-Z Assessment Cards © 2023 by Atlantic Technological University Teaching and Learning Centre funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning is licensed under CC BY 4.0.


What is it?

An “Abstract” is a form of assessment which refers to a written summary or concise representation of a more extensive academic work, such as a research paper, thesis, or scientific articles. The purpose of an abstract is to provide a brief but comprehensive overview of the main points, objectives, methods, findings, and conclusions of larger work, allowing the reader to quickly understand the content without having to read the entire document. Generally, this would have a word count of 300 to 500 words.

Advantages & Challenges

Tips for Use

  • Clearly define the learning objectives that students should demonstrate through abstract writing. These objectives may include summarising key concepts, analysing research findings, synthesizing information, and communicating ideas effectively.
  • Give students clear guidelines and instructions for writing abstracts. Explain the purpose of the assignment, the expected format and structure, and any specific criteria or expectations for evaluation.
  • Provide students with examples of abstract to show them what is expected of them when completing this assessment.
  • Get students to conduct research and analyse academic literature to inform their abstracts. Encourage them to critically evaluate sources, extract key information, and identify relevant findings or arguments to include in their abstracts



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