In adult learning, the basis of marking the assessment is Competency-based, and there are a variety of ways that we are challenged to show our knowledge through multiple-choice, short answers, projects, etc.
But we have all been there- we quickly read the question and think, “Oh I know this…” only to then find out that your answer is wrong when you were so sure it was right! While your explanation was very detailed and factual, it didn’t answer the question that was asked! The assessor has no option but to knock that answer back.
So my dear students, don’t fall into that trap! Here are some steps you can take :
>Read the question carefully to get the complete picture of what is asked, then.
>Underline the key features or keywords of the question so you can focus on what is needed. For example, if it asks Who, then we are after a name; if it asks when perhaps it is after a date or Explains, you need to be descriptive of a process.
>If what you have written answers the question in the required format, then STOP. If the instructions are for short answers, that is what is needed: SHORT and to the point.
>If you are not 100% certain what the question is after, paraphrase the question so that your answer relates to what you think is needed. It shows the assessor why you have answered in that way.
>If there is insufficient data to complete the answer, for example- a form- students have been allowed to use their imagination or used their references to complete what was needed. As long as you state what your assumptions are, most times, this will be acceptable. If in doubt- a quick email will set you on the right course.
>If an assessor cant read your answers, they cant mark them. Hand-written answers sometimes are a challenge, and I have had to ask the student to retype their answers as I could not read what they had written. If we can’t read it- we cant mark it.
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