The oral exam

Date and time: May 17th 2018, 12:15 – 13:15

Location: ETH Hönggerberg, HIT K 52

The oral exam: Let’s talk about it

About 40% of all examinations at ETH have the form of oral exams. While oral examinations differ in some crucial points from written exams, various advantages are associated with this type of assessment. However, they also raise special questions and concerns about possible biases for both examiners and examinees. Indeed, it is easy to question the efficacy of oral examinations in terms of their objectivity, reliability and their time consuming nature. However, oral examinations do provide the opportunity to meet students and directly examine their acquired knowledge and ability to communicate and reflect face to face.

  • Klaus Kirch (D-PHYS) will share his insights and experiences with oral examinations and the reasons why he still finds them so motivating for both students and lecturers.
  • Christian Pohl (D-USYS) will show, using examples, how a 20-minute oral examination can address different cognitive levels of learning objectives.

Following these two presentations there will be time to discuss the challenges and opportunities that oral examinations bring and how other teaching staff approach and conduct them.