Trial your assessment tools

1. Decide on your trialing approach

Students can make many valid interpretations of statements that you cannot anticipate. Open-ended questions require less testing, but still need checking.

It's permissible simply to get a colleague check your tools:

2. Test with people like students

Do you need to test with a sample group of people similar to your students to know how well they work? Some kinds of tools need testing much more than others. For example, multiple choice questionnaires look simple but are very difficult to write well and must be very thoroughly tested.

You need to know how people will perceive your questions and tasks, for example:

3. Analyse feedback

In the feedback, people might say:

4. Fix anything wrong before use.

If you have to make significant changes, then you should test it again.

5. File them properly.

When you've finished, file the tools according to the requirements of your RTO. Collate a copy of all training and assessment plans, assessment tools, and observation and assessment forms into the unit file. And make backups of the soft copies.