Assessment is a word you hear a lot around schools — an assessment is an evaluation, and one type of assessment is used to measure what someone knows or has learned. Tests and term papers can be assessment tools.

More than just students are given assessments. You might bring your dad's plastic gnome collection to an expert for an assessment and find out it's worth all of $15.35. You might make a quick assessment of a sticky situation — say it's you, a tasty ham sandwich, and your hungry dog— and decide to run.

Definitions of assessment

n the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event

judgement, judgment
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judgment involved in the determination of rights and the assignment of rewards and punishments
the final judgment in a legal proceeding; the act of pronouncing judgment based on the evidence presented
the act of disapproving or condemning
evaluation, rating
act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of
estimate, estimation
a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody
logistic assessment
a judgment of the logistic support required for some particular military operation
value judgement, value judgment
an assessment that reveals more about the values of the person making the assessment than about the reality of what is assessed
administration, judicature
the act of meting out justice according to the law
grading, marking, scoring
evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score
an expert estimation of the quality, quantity, and other characteristics of someone or something
judgments about another person's morality
capitalisation, capitalization
an estimation of the value of a business
disparagement, dispraise
the act of speaking contemptuously of
(law) the act of condemning (as land forfeited for public use) or judging to be unfit for use (as a food product or an unsafe building)
branding, stigmatisation, stigmatization
the act of stigmatizing
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act, deed, human action, human activity
something that people do or cause to happen

n the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth

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critical analysis, critical appraisal
an appraisal based on careful analytical evaluation
evaluation, rating, valuation
an appraisal of the value of something
assay, check
an appraisal of the state of affairs
acid test
a rigorous or crucial appraisal
reappraisal, reassessment, revaluation, review
a new appraisal or evaluation
an appraisal that underestimates the value of something
criticism, critique
a serious examination and judgment of something
too high a value or price assigned to something
too low a value or price assigned to something
the evaluation of something in terms of its price
the evaluation of something a second time (or more)
grade, mark, score
a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)
bond rating
an evaluation by a rating company of the probability that a particular bond issue will default
countercheck, double check
something that checks the correctness of a previous check
Apgar score
an assessment of the physical condition of a newborn infant; involves heart rate and muscle tone and respiratory effort and color and reflex responsiveness
paternity test
a test based on blood groups to determine whether a particular man could be the biological father of a particular child; negative results prove he was not the father but positive results show only that he could be
stress test
a test measuring how a system functions when subjected to controlled amounts of stress
stock-taking, stocktaking
reappraisal of a situation or position or outlook
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categorisation, categorization, classification, sorting
the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories

n the market value set on assets

tax assessment
the value set on taxable property
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cost, monetary value, price
the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold)

n an amount determined as payable

“the assessment for repairs outraged the club's membership”
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financial liabilities (such as a tax)

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