Through testing the faculty can guaranty that the students have the desired level of competency.
Students’ study behaviour is strongly influenced by the content and format of the tests (constructive alignment) and other forms of feedback. Students will be more motivated if they are informed regularly and timely about their study progress. Spending more time on learning will lead to better study results (= time-on-task).
Spreading of exams is more effective. There is less ‘competition’ for the learning time of the students when preparing the exams. This also accounts for resits when the next courses already have started.
The use of resits by the students can be prevented by enabling and motivating the students to study from the start of the course and spend more time to study (nominal study approach or time-on-task).