Integrated Assessment

The integration of assessment involves choosing a variety of assessment methods, which can integrate a number of assessment activities on a particular occasion. The integration can be across one specific outcome or across a series of specific outcomes and unit standards.

Integrated assessment should assess the ability to combine foundational, practical and reflexive competencies in a real life situation.

Integrated assessment refers to assessing:

    • a number of outcomes together
    • a number of assessment criteria together
    • a number of unit standards together
    • using a combination of assessment methods and instruments
    • collecting naturally occurring evidence in a workplace setting

The advantages of integrated assessment are as follows:

a) The learner can carry out worthwhile activities to generate evidence for assessment, rather than carry out artificially fragmented tasks, which may seem trivial.
b) It provides opportunities to carry out assessment within an organisation’s normal working practice, and makes the best use of naturally occurring evidence.
c) It avoids duplication of assessment activities common to different specific outcomes. This can reduce learners’ frustration at being asked to carry out two or more similar activities to provide evidence for different specific outcomes, and minimises the time spent collecting and judging evidence.

The assessor can feel more confident when making his/her assessment decisions, as learners carrying out integrated activities have to transfer their skills and knowledge across different contexts.