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Assessment Methods For a Student, Their Advantages

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Education | Submitted: 2010-05-30 01:40:27
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Article Summary: "Asessment methods of students can vary. One of the methods of assessment is exams using various kinds of questions. Here are some types of questions and their advantages..."

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When it comes to assessment of the knowledge of a child, there are different kinds that are used. Some of the most common methods that are used in the assessment of the child are the examinations and interviews. AS far as the skill of the child is concerned, there can be practical demonstrations and examinations tat need to be held. If you are going to identify only the knowledge of the child, then you need to conduct an examination. There can be various kinds of questions that are available, that can be asked in the exam and these are listed in this article.

Some of the better known kinds of questions in any exam are:

1. Essay questions:

These are questions that have to be answered as long as possible and the marks fro these are also high. The examiner asks these kinds of essay questions because they bring out all the relevant knowledge of the student about a particular topic. The problem with these kinds of questions is that though they bring out the knowledge of the student about a particular topic, the whole syllabus cannot be covered in these kinds of questions. Another disadvantage is that evaluation of these questions may be difficult as the evaluator may not be able to get similar answers from all the students as they may write in different perspectives. The overall idea of the student can be evaluated using this method of assessment.

2. Fill in the blanks and Matching the right answers:

These are specific questions and the student should know the exact answer to be able to answer these questions. On the other hand, it is very important on the part of the examiner to make sure that they frame the questions in such a way that the exact question is asked so that there is no ambiguousness in the questions.

3. Short answers:

These kind of questions are better in testing the knowledge of the student. The reason is that short answers are to the point and the student should know the exact answer to be able to answer the question correctly. It also takes a lesser time for the evaluator to correct the answers and the student to write the answer. Another important aspect of the short answer is that you will be able to cover all the syllabus by asking the questions from various topics.

4. Multiple choice questions:

The best kind of questions that are used all over the world to assess the knowledge of the students is the multiple choice questions. These are very relevant and important because they ask the student highly specific questions and also make sure that the choices that are given to the student are all very similar to the actual answer. This makes sure that the student not only needs to know the correct answer, but also needs to know the decision making to exclude the wrong ones. It is very easy to cover the entire syllabus through these kinds of questions. It is very simple to evaluate these questions too.

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