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How to Make Digital Exams and Assessments

Students who benefit from digital exams need digital prelims and internal assessments. Learn how to create interactive accessible digital prelims and assessment materials for students with a range of additional support needs that can be accessed on computer, iPad or other tablet devices.

What’s the course about?

Candidates who use Digital Papers in examinations and assessments require digital prelims and assessments in the same format, and so this hands-on course provides staff with the skills required to create these materials. The course is fully ‘hands-on’ and participants will learn how to make accessible interactive digital examination papers and assessments.

We will learn how to create and edit papers and assessments using Microsoft Word; and convert materials from Word to PDF for students to access on screen or on tablet.

The course also covers creating assessments and prelims with ‘answer boxes’ that function in the same way as SQA Digital Question Papers, using Acrobat Professional on Windows and PDF Office on iPad.

Participants should have reasonable ICT skills, a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and iPads and should be familiar with Digital Question Papers.



course cost is £120

Ref: BA22

What you'll learn on the training course

  • How to design interactive assessment materials in PDF using Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat
  • How to design interactive assessment materials in PDF with iPads

Who is the course for?

This course is particularly suited to:

  • Subject teachers
  • Support for Learning staff

Our trainer(s)

Paul Nisbet

Engineer and Educational Technologist

Paul is a Senior Research Fellow and has an engineering background. He's involved in CALL's assessment and support service for pupils, with a particular responsibility for access technology for pupils with physical disabilities; and for technology to enable students with dyslexia or literacy difficulties access the curriculum.


About the day


The course starts at 9:30am and finishes at 3:30pm.

Lunch and refreshments

  • Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout the morning;
  • Selection of biscuits will be available;
  • A generous lunch to keep you full up.


There are a selection of rooms to cater for varying group sizes. Each person will have access to a laptop or an iPad (if required).

Our courses are run at our training centre at the University of Edinburgh (10 minute walk from Waverley station and just off the Royal Mile).