How to assess - general principles of assessment

It has been suggested that assessment drives learning. Learners tend to learn what they expect to be assessed in at final exams. This requires that learning outcomes from teaching should be openly stated and should conform to the requirements for passing examinations. The use of tools for formative and summative assessment is expected to build on the same framework for clinical encounters that is used in teaching.
For your reference, we provide a concise introduction on the general principles for the assessment of communication skills, developed by the tEACH assessment subgroup, in which all aspects of communication assessment in educational settings are discussed in a nutshell.
For further reading, teachers may find interesting the more comprehensive AMEE Guide 51, released in 2011, entitled:

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