Lesson 3: What is holistic assessment?

Wherever possible, assessment events should cover several competencies, elements or outcomes and reflect the ‘real’ nature of work.

Holistic assessment refers to an integrated approach that seeks to combine knowledge, understanding, problem solving, technical skills and attitudes to assessment events.

Holistic assessment aims to:

  • Assess a group of related competencies together
  • Integrate knowledge, skills and workplace application
  • Focus on all areas, not just task skills

For example, the three units, Plan assessment, Conduct assessment and Review assessment would likely be assessed over a period of time, holistically. You would get better assessment results if the candidate could follow through the whole process, incorporate all the skills and present a range of evidence from the workplace, than if you assessed each unit or part of a unit separately.

Recommendations on holistic assessment will be found in the evidence guide of the competency standard, often under the heading, integrated assessment or interdependent assessment of units.

Assessment should be undertaken as a holistic process that integrates skills, knowledge and attitudes, and their practical application. Knowledge is important for all competencies and assessment must measure whole competence, including those aspects of knowledge, understanding and attitudes that underpin performance.

The assessment process must take into account all of the dimensions of competence, as assessing individual components is unlikely to give an accurate assessment of the candidate’s ability to integrate them, as would be required in the workplace.

Holistic assessment

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