What is meant by “rigour” in examinations?

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What is meant by “rigour” in examinations?

The term “,rigour”, [“,US “,rigor”,] is often used to justify educational reforms, including changes to public examinations. The paper considers the development of the concept of “,rigour”,, noting in particular a recent shift from more negative to more positive connotations. It makes some observations about the application of “,rigour”, to curriculum, but deals mainly with its application to different aspects of assessment. The conclusion is that no one structure or task type can be assumed, prima facie to be more rigorous than its opposite, or more educationally desirable. It is important that debates about examination reform do not confuse the different concepts associated with “,rigour”,. [Key words: assessment, rigour, examination reform]

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