Defining Assessment Terms: Tools for Getting the Right Results

julie-small1Posted by Julie Chazyn

In creating good, solid surveys, quizzes, test and exams it’s essential to understand what type of assessment will give you appropriate and actionable results.  We believe the ultimate objective of the assessment directly influences how it will be structured. This requires understanding the subtle distinctions that can mean big differences in the quality and outcomes of your assessments.  The language we use in talking about assessments needs to reflect those distinctions.

With that in mind, Questionmark CEO Eric Shepherd recently took some time to update Questionmark’s UK and US glossaries to help people understand different types of assessments.

Some of the terms that have been altered include:

Diagnostic assessment
Personality assessment
Pretest
Psychological assessment
Summative assessment

We hope you will bookmark the glossary and refer back to it often!

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