Here are the most frequently asked questions we get asked about the International e-Assessment Awards.
If you can’t see an answer to your question please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
- Who can enter the awards?
- The e-Assessment Awards are project based and we welcome applications from organisations worldwide including test publishers, academic institutions, awarding organisations, researchers and technology providers working within the assessment industry.
We especially welcome applications from educational institutions and awarding bodies.
Whilst we do accept entries from companies producing e-assessment solutions, we expect every entry to focus on a specific case study or project and recommend that an entry is submitted in collaboration with an end-user.
Entries are not judged based on scale, but on quality, and we encourage organisations to enter regardless of size.
Anyone can submit a nomination for the Lifetime Contribution Award and the Best Practitioner(s) of the Year Award.
- What is the entry deadline?
- The entry deadline for the 2022 International e-Assessment Awards is 18th February 2022.
- When will the online interviews with finalists take place?
- Online interviews for the Finalists will take place over a three-week period from 21st March 2022 to 8th April 2022.
- When will the shortlist be announced?
- We will announce the 2022 Finalists before the end of March 2022. Please keep an eye on the website ‘Key Dates’ page for confirmation.
- How are awards judged?
- The nominations for the Lifetime Contribution and Best Practitioner(s) of the Year Awards are voted on by a panel of experts.
For all other awards, there are two separate stages to the judging process.
Each category has a separate, independent panel of four judges who will put together a shortlist of finalists in their category after reviewing and scoring the information provided on the entry forms. A maximum of four shortlisted finalists for each award will be selected.
There are six criteria for each category, and the answers are first scored by the four individual judges, ahead of an online meeting where the panel will discuss and review the reasons for their individual scoring, and then unanimously agree the final shortlist, based on which entries scored the highest overall.
Please think carefully about your answers, as entries will be scored against each and every criterion. Please make sure your application addresses every point.
The panel of judges will then invite the finalists to an online interview where they will have the opportunity to present the project in greater detail and answer questions from the panel. The panel will then meet to agree which of the finalists will be selected as the winner for that category.
If there is a conflict of interest between entrants and any of the judges, the judge will not score that entry/category.
- How will we know you have received our submission?
- You will receive an automated email when you click the SUBMIT button. This will be sent to the email given in the form, so please do take care to enter it correctly.
Note: You can edit your entry right up to the deadline. There is an option to click 'save and continue' that will generate a unique weblink, so that you can continue to edit your entry, share it with colleagues or generally take the time to read and reflect on your answers. Just don't forget to click 'submit' when you've finished editing, and make sure you click ‘submit’ before the deadline!
- Can I enter more than one category?
- Yes, you can. However, we ask you to think very carefully about choosing the best category for your project, and do not use the same text for different entry forms.
The questions for each category are different and specific for that category, and the Executive Summary should also reflect the category chosen.
- I applied last year; can I reapply this year?
- You can enter every year. The judging panels also change every year, so your work will always be viewed with a fresh set of eyes. We also know that no-one in this industry stands still, and every year changes and improvements are made, and new lessons are learned.
You may also choose to take into consideration any feedback that was provided in one year, to improve your next application.
- Does it cost anything to enter the Awards?
- There is a discretionary entry fee of £100 per entry.
We appreciate some organisations may be unable to fund this for a variety of reasons and will waive this fee without question if this is the case.
Payment or non-payment of this fee is strictly confidential and has no impact on the likelihood of success for any entry.
It is free to nominate an individual or team for the Best Practitioner(s) of the Year Award, and similarly free to nominate individuals for the Lifetime Contribution Award.
- Why do you charge an entry fee?
- All proceeds from the awards sponsorship, awards dinner (when it can take place) and entry fees are reinvested in our activity to support the assessment community with events and information.
Many of the commercial organisations entering these awards gain significant marketing exposure and we are therefore asking for a discretionary entry payment of £100+VAT per category entered.
We appreciate that some organisations may struggle to be able to fund this for a variety of reasons. If you will find it difficult to manage payment please do contact us to discuss waiving this fee.
- Will I receive feedback on my entry?
- We do try to provide some feedback. Please do bear with us, as the judges are all acting on a voluntary basis, and the administrative team behind the Awards are working part-time.
We will do our best, and we have designed the Awards to make it easy to re-apply each year. It is often the case that an application fails to get through because perhaps the wrong category was selected, or the application failed to make it clear how the project matched the criteria.
Entering the wrong category is one of the more common issues. If you have any doubts, it is best to contact the Awards Team before you apply.
- How can I contact the Awards team with any questions?
- Simply use the Contact Us form on the website and make sure you make it clear that your enquiry is relating to the Awards programme.