Why do we Assess?


Baseline assessment shows us “how much the students already knows”.
Some subjects will use baseline assessment so that we can guage how well the learner has progressed after a certain time.
Formative assessment tells us “how is the student getting along?” Continuous formative assessments monitor and support learning. This helps to “form” or develop the student. Formative Assessment is an ongoing gathering of information over time. Feedback is meaningful and aimed at improving the learning process. Students are given the opportunity to try to improve their performance after formative assessment.
For every subject, there is plenty of practise assessments. Some of these aim to guide the learner to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes; other assessments prepare the learner for what to expect when they write an exam.
Diagnostic assessment enables the assessor to “look for the cause of learning problems”. The continuous monitoring of student progress encourages a diagnostic perspective which identifies individual needs. Where barriers to learning have been identifies, enrichment or remediation can be provided as intervention in an effort to ensure improvement of student performance.
Summative assessmentsums up how a student has progressed”. This is applied as a final judgement of a unit of learning. Like formative assessment it is also a from of feedback for students and parents. It points to future in respect to strengths in subjects and possible career paths.
These are the marks that are recorded on the progression reports. As every learner is an different, a variety of assessment instruments are used. Some will take the form of projects, tests, exams, journals, or evidence of coursework.



Each IGCSE course has different assessment criteria. You will be guided to complete your assessments. Some of these assessments will be marked online, others will be marked by your tutor. Meaningful feedback is provided by the tutor.