All assessments must meet all the following principles, regardless of the method of assessment used to evidence learners’ attainment.

All assessments must produce outcomes that are:

  • valid: the assessment evidence meets all assessment criteria and all learning outcomes
  • authentic: all the work is the learner’s own
  • reliable: assessment evidence is consistent and generates outcomes that would be replicated were the assessment repeated
  • current: assessment evidence is up-to-date
  • sufficient: enough work is available to justify the credit value, and to enable a consistent and reliable judgement about the learner’s achievement
  • comparable: all assessment evidence is comparable in standard between assessments within a unit/qualification, and between learners of the same level
  • manageable: all assessment places reasonable demands on all learners
  • fair and minimise bias: assessments are fair to all learners irrespective of their characteristics (for example, age, gender, etc)