Aga Khan University Examination Board holds an assessment philosophy that revolves around three principles that serve as an international benchmark for high quality assessments. The aim is to ensure that the results AKU-EB announces are valid, reliable, and fair. We accomplish this with a series of policies and processes that form the basis of quality assurance to ensure these principles are lived up to.
Validity is defined as the alignment of our examination material with the syllabi upon which each exam is based. Our goal is to ensure that students are tested on the knowledge and skills they have acquired, as well as ensuring that our examinations are representative of the entirety of the syllabus.
We ensure reliability by using technology to score Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). In addition, the e-marking system ensures student anonymity, fairness and inter-rater agreement when grading Constructed Response Questions (CRQs) and Extended Response Questions (ERQs). International benchmarks are achieved for measures of reliability. Any other warning trends such as notable differences between MCQ and CRQ results for any student are treated as being enough reason to individually recheck their results.
The fairness principle ensures that grading should never be subject to personal bias, and that it should not discriminate against students on the basis of gender, geographical region or their socio-economic status.