There are many ways to assess students and here we list a few of the most popular ones and give some areas where they are useful. 

Assessing students is one of the most important elements of language teaching and therefore assessment methods and reasons should be carefully considered.

  1. Oral Interviews - these can be useful in a so many ways and can cover all the basic requirements of an assessment.  By using a spoken interview you can assessment the students' knowledge of using english in a coherent way rather than simply learning the rules of english.  This style of assessment most closely mimics real life conversations.
    1. Grammatical structures
    2. Vocabulary
    3. Topics
  1. Presentations - By giving a student a specific amount of time to prepare for a presentation, provides the student with time to think about a subject, prepare the correct vocabulary and also ensure they appropriate grammar structures are used.  By keeping the presentation time limited also ensures that the exam/class stays on time, and give the student the time to be concise rather than develop a habit of 'waffling'.
    1. Oral or written research topic
    2. Set time or word limit
  1. Role play - This can be done via teacher to student, student to student, or a group, and can cover a wide topic range.  Not all students enjoy role play and therefore it is not advisable to enforce participation, as you will only see false language use, and may negatively influence future language learning.
    1. To promote creativity
    2. Base topic on relevant subject and level
  1. Cloze - this type of exercise is an excellent way of checking and assessing students use of grammar and sentence context.  By giving a variety of different grammar options, the students can provide different meanings to a sentence.
    1. To check grammar
  1. Fill in the blanks - there are many ways to use this traditional assessment/teaching exercise, but the primary aim is to test and improve vocabulary.  Simple alternatives can be used by beginners, with more complicated options such as word changes (verb to adjective etc.) can be used for more advanced learners
    1. To check vocabulary
  1. Portfolio - This is an excellent way to assess learners over time, it can also be used by the learner to see their own progress and so improve motivation. 
    1. For current students
    2. To check progress
  1. Online quiz   - these can assess almost anything, and are great teacher time savers.  By using online resources both inside and outside class. Most online platforms will let you monitor your students' progress via update reports or by email notifications.  The additional bonus of online quizzes is that resources produced in class can be replicated, and class time can be freed up from repetitive activities.  Teachers can also post additional exercises to support those struggling to learn and also for those who require more of a challenge, thus preventing student frustrations.
  1. Writing - For most people writing helps to improve spoken fluency as well as re-enforcing newly learnt topics.  By assessing wiring you can learn about their proficiency in using the grammar and vocabulary appropriate for their level.  Give them a topic and, if necessary, a time limit.  Try to enable writing at home, where time and resources should produce higher quality writing, and in class, where time pressures will highlight their real life english ability.
    1. To check grammar
    2. To check vocabulary
    3. To encourage independent learning
  1. Multiple Choice - this is a very popular way of assessing students, and is liked by both teachers and students.  Try to keep the exercise similar in structure - eg assessing one skill, and avoid obvious mistakes. 
    1. To check grammar
    2. To check vocabulary
    3. To check understanding
  1. True/False questions - often used by teachers, but can often  give misleading results, as the chances of choosing the correct answer randomly are quite high.  If you use this form of assessment, do not try to use trick questions or catch students out.  This can lead to frustration and can impair future language learning.