Types of Assessment

the needs of individual learners.

Assessment Methods Strengths Limitations

Reflective Account
Account if written correctly can be an effective way of fulfilling certain criteria. Leaner may write the account in a way that is not usable against any criteria if they don’t know what is required.

Witness Statement
Show acquired competence from a third party i.e. manager or end service user.

If witness is not made aware of what is required the statement could then become invalid and will not fit any required criteria.

Professional Discussion
Can be done to assess 1 unit 1 topic or holistically therefore can be a very efficient way of assessing. Can be written or audio If not recorded correctly could miss out on vital information. Written recording may cause this issue best to use audio for accuracy.

Question and Answer
Requires simple to the point answers can be typed or recorded. Recording can be saved as evidence. Can also be done by email. Again if not recorded correctly the evidence will become invalid and will need to be done again costing extra time and money.

Most authentic method allows an assessor to see the learner doing task to be assessed. May in certain circumstances be recorded using video or audio. Must be recorded whilst in action otherwise. Observations may be a waste of time and therefore not cost effective
Needs to be planned in advance and get required permission, otherwise it may cause issues and time wastage.  

Work products
May be acquired throughout the normal working day. Telephone messages faxes any written reports can be used for this. Must be careful with confidentiality of such documents any confidential information needs to be blacked out or will be invalid as evidence.

Accredited Previous Learning
Can use previous experience. Can use certificates alongside a summary of the training they received. Saves assessor going over units that the learner may already be competent in. Cost...