Unit 301 Understanding Assessing in the Workplace

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Unit 301 1. Understand the principles and requirements of assessment An initial assessment of the candidates needs is required to take place before any formal assessment can take place. This is to determine whether the candidate is ready or not to be assessed. This can be done by talking with the candidate to find out about the best ways to gain the evidence to meet the criteria required. It will help plan the approach depending on such things as disability, language, prior learning and experience. Formative assessments are the second process where the planned assessment takes place. This can come in several forms mainly observation which is usually the best form of evidence followed by questioning which can help fill in the gaps not already met against the criteria and underpinning knowledge. Summative assessment is the way of bringing all of the evidence together to be able to make a decision on whether the candidate is competent or not. This is done by looking at the candidate’s knowledge, skills and competence to make a judgement to whether it meets the criteria set out in the standards. The evidence submitted must be deemed valid, so does is relate to the standard to which it is being applied and is it from a reliable source or a true document, how can it be verified as belonging to the candidate. It also needs to be a current form of evidence does it have a time period that it is restricted to and is it sufficient, how much of the criteria it meets. Each piece of evidence needs to cover part of the criteria, which is crucial to making an assessment decision. If all of the criteria is not met then a competent decision can not be made. When carrying out an assessment the assessor needs to be totally impartial the assessment is to make sure all necessary criteria is met. All candidates must be treated fairly no discrimination or

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