Six Assessment Methods Essay

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A. A description of six assessment methods.
Broadly speaking, there are two assessment methods i.e. formal and informal assessment.
1. Formal assessment measures the learner’s achievement. For example, case study, essay, report, examinations, tests and projects to name but a few.
2. Informal assessment helps to know the students’ progress and performance. For instance, discussions, peer and self assessment, quizzes, role plays, worksheets and practical activities to mention a few.
a. Survey/observation is an informal method of collecting data on student opinion, attitudes and/or confidence in understanding of the topic. The data can be gathered during class or outside class.
b. Activities-individual and/or small groups- students require
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Examinations- are formal assessment which takes place after the end of a unit or programme. For example, students take two Functional Skill Maths exams in every level that accredited by Ofsted.
e. Home work is an activity carried out after a class to assess the learners understanding and ability to work independently.
f. Peer assessments are informal assessment in which learners’ give their feedback to their peers after an activity. For example, students give their feed back after their peer presentation.

B. Assessment methods and activities: strengths and limitations.
Assessment methods Explanation Strengths Limitations
Quizzes A fun way of assessing students’ knowledge and understanding in an informal way. Students are free from stress because it is a fun activity to test students’ understanding, skills and knowledge.
It also helps to teach students based on prior knowledge and clear up misconceptions

It may be time consuming and difficult to assess students level of ability and understanding to apply students’ knowledge to given circumstances.
Homework Activities carried out between sessions or units that enable to consolidate the topic. Encourage independent learning and personal responsibility for own learning.
Maintains interest and increase motivation for next
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Identify sources of information that should be made available to learners and others involved in assessment process.

Shearing information among learners and staffs enables learners understand what is expected from them, and give them the opportunity to perform the best of their ability. The learners should have full information about assessment criteria, appeals procedure, reference books and websites, access to assessment information, time and place of the assessment to mention but a few. Learners also provide information about their specific needs such as dyslexia, other medical prove and mitigation circumstance letter.
Others such as, assessors, teacher, invigilators, facilities should have information about individual student’s specific needs to provide access and support. Assessor should provide information such as assessment schemes, assessment plans agreed with learners, result of assessment and feedback.
Organisation also provide information about standards for assessment, learning outcome and assessment criteria, assessment methods and plan, expected outcome to fulfil the awarding body requirements.
E. Summarise the requirements for keeping records of assessment in an

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