Assessment Methods

Alison Cunningham-Uff
OCR Unit 1 Evidence – Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
2.1 Compare the strengths and limitations of a range of assessment methods with reference to the needs of individual learners
Assessment Method Strengths Limitations
Observation | This method can be effectively used to observe learners skills used within a live environment. Errors can be easily spotted and learning rectified. Observational assessment is reliable and it can be a fair/safe method to use either within a classroom or work based environment | This method could be reliant on the arrangement of suitable time and location availability. It could be subjective as different assessors may see, or act on, different aspects of the observation. Unless the observation is visually recorded there would be no provision of an accurate record of the assessment although it could be supported by either a witness testimony or written reflection |
Questioning | A quick way to check on learning and ensure a learner is engaged with the tasks/learning being provided. This method can easily promote and challenge learners. Some learners have a preference of this method and questions can be diverse and provided in different questioning styles. | Can make the learner feel isolated, targeted, highlighted and cause them undue worry/fear. Questions should be presented in a manner that eliminates these issues. Questions can be open or closed which may not assist in learners suitably demonstrating their knowledge |
Simulation | Can provide invaluable practice of work based situations that the learner will need to learn. This can be conducted in a safe environment before the learner returns to their place of work. Simulation can provide an environment where errors can be identified, breathing space and feedback provided for the learner, before re-engaging with the simulation | Unless the simulation is accurately constructed, e.g, accurate and suitable software/hardware used,...