Nalyse how types of assessment are used in lifelong learning

Initial, formative and summative assessments are types of assessment. They can be formal or informal depending on the course or programme being delivered. Initial assessments are used before or at the beginning of a course or programme. They can be used by administrative staff and teachers to determine the suitability of the student for the specific course or programme of study. Where necessary, some learners might have to be referred to other courses which would cater to specific needs relating to dyslexia, ICT or language. Initial assessments can help the teacher diagnose preferred learning styles and help inform Individual Learning Plans. Formative assessments are regularly administered throughout a course or programme of study. They are designed to help teachers track learnersa progress with regards to meeting the assessment criteria. Learners can also gauge their progress from formative assessments and identify any areas in which they need to improve to meet learning outcomes. Summative assessments come at the end of a course or programme of study. For accredited courses, learnersa summative assessment results can lead to a formal qualification. The assessment criteria has to be standardised and learnersa work has to conform to (VACSR) for the award to be a?earneda?. A Gravells Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector