What Assessment Methods Can I Use With My Learners?

As an Assessor, there are 7 ways that you can assess your learners. These ways are:

Assessment Methods

  1. Observation
  2. Professional Discussion
  3. Questioning
  4. Projects and Assignments
  5. RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)
  6. Witness Testimony
  7. Work Product

It’s likely that during an assessment with your learner, you will use more than one of these assessment methods. For example, during an assessment, you may use the Observation method alongside the Professional Discussion method. These work well together so you can make sure that any part of the criteria you can’t observe during the assessment could still be covered with a Professional Discussion.

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During an observation, you as the Assessor would simply sit back and observe your learner whilst they carry out specific tasks or skills. You would need to write some kind of notes down about what you’re seeing, in order to create a formal report later. 

Professional Discussion

If you were to have a Professional Discussion with your learner, you would be having a conversation to find out where their knowledge on the criteria lies. This is a very different assessment method to Questioning, and shouldn’t be seen as a Q&A session – more of, as the title says, a discussion.


This assessment method can be done verbally or written. For example, you could have a face-to-face Q&A session with your candidate, or you could set them an assignment in the form of a quiz. It will show you exactly where your candidate’s areas for improvement are.

Projects and Assignments

As an Assessor, you would use the Projects and Assignments assessment method to set your candidate on a specific task. This task could be a report, an essay, or even some research to improve their knowledge on a topic. 

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)

You might find that your candidates like this assessment method the most. This is because it takes into account any qualifications that they have gained before doing their current qualification. For example, the Brooks and Kirk ‘Level 3 Education and Training‘ course overlaps with the ‘Level 3 CAVA‘ course; therefore, a candidate doing both of these courses could use RPL for the overlapping tasks.

Witness Testimony

Using a Witness Testimony can be more complicated than anticipated. To get a valid one, you’ll need to have your candidate’s occupationally competent co-worker write a report on a time where they carried out a task/skill that meets the necessary criteria. 

Work Products

Another assessment method that tends to be popular with candidates, work products are where you would use work that your candidate does in their day to day job to evidence the criteria. If the candidate is carrying out tasks that meet the criteria daily, why make them repeat it in an assignment? 

All things considered, it’s important for you as an assessor to choose a method that works well for both yourself and your candidate. It will also depend on the criteria; is it knowledge or competency-based? You will be the one who is best to decide this. 

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