Assessment Instruments

Choose the assessment instrument (assignment, exam, project, performance) based on the level of student learning you want to evaluate. Listed below are types of appropriate assessment instruments for different levels of learning. This is not a complete list of types of assessment instruments.

Levels of Learning and Definitions Types of assessment instruments
Knowledge­­­­—Remember previously learned information

Exam/test using matching, multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer and/or essay question; presentation

Comprehension—Demonstrate an understanding of the facts

Exam/test using matching, multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer and/or essay question; project; skills assessment

Application—Apply knowledge to actual situations

Skills assessment; exam/test using matching, multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer and/or essay question

Analysis—Break down objects or ideas into simpler parts and find evidence to support generalizations

Research Paper; exam/test using short answer or essay questions

Synthesis—Compile component ideas into a new whole or propose alternative solutions

Exam/test using short answer questions and/or essay questions; project; papers; reports; presentations

Evaluation—Make and defend judgments based on internal evidence or external criteria

Project; presentation; papers; reports

Please contact us for additional information: assessment@smu.edu

The Office of Assessment and Accreditation is located
in the Perkins Administration Building, Suite 301.

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