Our latest tip looks at several of the important issues surrounding testing and assessment. Listen to Clare and Alister discuss their ideas and opinions about how best to assess learners of English. After watching the video, why not give your opinion in the comments box below, or write a blogpost on the site?

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Submitted by bnleez on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:25


How close are the test items of the practice test to those of the actual test? And does it matter? What's a typical time frame between the practice test and the actual test?

Submitted by janaj on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:48


Thank you Paul for this link. I think that assessing students withought letting them explicitely know is a good idea. However, one of my best students failed on important exam. Even though he did not feel nervous, he probably way and his performance was strongly influenced. I think he might need a bit of mock pressure as well. What do you think?

Submitted by abawi on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 14:52


Thanks so much for the video , this discussion enhances the debate about how good is assessment to the learning process ,and i mean the formative assessment, forinstance , we have pupils who perform very well during the learning sessions but they fail when they' re tested, and what matters most is the psychological impact of failures upon the pupils.

Submitted by Gayane Shabunts on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 07:44


Thanks a lot for this videos. I guess this is quite informative about the nature of assessment. I may refer to this topic n one of my soon-coming posts.

Submitted by idylledu on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 08:16


That's nice dialogue about assessment.how do we get justice assessment for kids to test real what they have learnt?I have been confused a long time.Because I asked myself:If let me go to take part in china's GaoKao english test.how many grades can I get?I am afraid very low.But all children in china so far have to study for the exams only,because the assessment here 99 percent focus on the scores at exams.

Submitted by nadia nadoush on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 20:45

In reply to by idylledu


I personally find testing unfair and rough speacialy with young and new learners. As far as the target is learning a new language ,so why puting the learners in that situation ?!!!Most of the time,I find myself obliged to do it even though i know my pupils marks will never reflect what they are practising in class .In my school system , pupils must be tested on sheets.The kids hate that . they get panicked and may fail .They get frustrated and may lose the motivation to learn a new language they had before .That's why I don't like testing them,but still I have to do .Cynical situation,isn't it

Submitted by Hilbert on Fri, 06/11/2021 - 15:04


This video is really interesting, in my opinion the assesment is not good idea, becouse  we can find good students during the class, but when we are going to asses them someone disapproves, and also acrording to the video, motivation comes first, as some students think assesment is boring.

Submitted by Elvia Bustos Torres on Fri, 06/11/2021 - 18:12


Personally, I believe that evaluations do not define the ability of a student, however it is an aspect that is carried out at all levels.
It is necessary to know about neuroeducation to know how the brain of each student learns and achieve meaningful learning,thanks.

Submitted by Marianne on Wed, 06/16/2021 - 16:14


  • It is necessary that students are provided with a lot of motivation in their classes, in addition to the fact that evaluating them does nothing but stress them and be under pressure and do not get good grades. On the other hand, if they are evaluated on the contents or activities without saying that it is one, it would be different.

Submitted by Leyla Rondo on Fri, 06/18/2021 - 01:52


Classroom assessment has certainly changed over time, but not enough for education to improve. Many times the student when he hears the word "evaluation" becomes tense and feels great pressure, a qualifier does not reflect what the student is capable of achieving. We must focus on getting the best out of them.

Submitted by Wilson Cardena… on Thu, 06/24/2021 - 16:13


ASSESSMENT? oohhh no!....
Just hearing this word makes my hair stand on end.
I think that happens with most students when they come to the classroom and that word is mentioned to them, although it is true that an evaluation does not define the learning achievement of each student, but it is in all educational fields.

New ways of evaluating occur throughout the learning process, but they continue to be emphasized at the end of the course, so it is necessary to find new ways of evaluating where the student feels comfortable and free to take an evaluation.

Submitted by Alicia Gervaci… on Thu, 06/24/2021 - 16:58


In my opinion, the evaluation is very important to be able to see the level of knowledge that the students are obtaining, but for this we must not always tell them so directly, but let them know that it is a practice so that they feel more comfortable doing it. Something that is important to ensure that all students have a good learning is to adapt a dynamic class session where they can understand it more clearly.

Submitted by Trinh Thi Xuan Mai on Wed, 10/06/2021 - 07:43


Thank you Clare and Alister very much for this informative video. I have learnt a lot from it. I am now able to reduce my students' stress during tests as well as exams. Some effective ways will be applied are revision before tests and exams, telling sts that they will not pass or fail, testing is a way to find out their strengths and weaknesses and what they have to focus on more,...

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