Pilot case

Automatic Exam for Matrix Algebra

Creating automated online exam for the course MS-A000x Matrix Algebra.
Automatic Exam for Matrix Algebra

Pilot leader

Antti Rasila


School of Chemical Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering, School of Science




The goal of this project is to create an automated online exam for the course MS-A000x Matrix Algebra.

The exam is based on the automatic assessment system STACK that has been successfully applied in this context, see e.g. Sangwin & Köcher: Automation of mathematics examinations (Computers & Education 94, 2016, 215–227)

The exam is intended to replace the traditional pen & paper examination, and to be fully automated. It will consist of six randomised problem assignments, one of which is a “theory” problem and five others are traditional calculation problems. Problems are intended to be solved by using pen and paper, and returned to the system through a web form. The CAA system then checks to student solutions and grades the exam.

Involved courses

MS-A000x – Matrix Algebra (5 ECTS)
There are 26 different Matrix Algebra (MS-A000x) courses, and they are run in TFM, ENG, ELEC, SCI and CHEM + the Swedish speaking ones.


Antti Rasila
School of Science, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis
Pilot leader

Timo Pelkola
Research assistant

Chris Sangwin
University of Edinburgh
External collaborator

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