assessment

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
  1. noun
    the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event
    synonyms: judgement, judgment
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    justice
    judgment involved in the determination of rights and the assignment of rewards and punishments
    adjudication
    the final judgment in a legal proceeding; the act of pronouncing judgment based on the evidence presented
    disapproval
    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
    appraisal
    an expert estimation of the quality, quantity, and other characteristics of someone or something
    moralism
    judgments about another person's morality
    capitalisation, capitalization
    an estimation of the value of a business
    disparagement, dispraise
    the act of speaking contemptuously of
    condemnation
    (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
    type of:
    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  2. noun
    the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
    synonyms: appraisal
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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
    underevaluation
    an appraisal that underestimates the value of something
    criticism, critique
    a serious examination and judgment of something
    overvaluation
    too high a value or price assigned to something
    undervaluation
    too low a value or price assigned to something
    pricing
    the evaluation of something in terms of its price
    reevaluation
    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
  3. noun
    the market value set on assets
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    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)
  4. noun
    an amount determined as payable
    “the assessment for repairs outraged the club's membership”
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    charge
    financial liabilities (such as a tax)
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