An assessment is scored with weighted values for
each answer with no right or wrong answers.
These weighted responses can be distributed among several categories
that taken together provide the assessment.
Examples of assessments are the Keirsey Temperament Classifier,
Salesmanship assessments, people skills assessments, and self-evaluations for
managers. Although they are often
called "surveys", 360° surveys are really assessments because the
answers are analyzed according to a weighted scale and are used to help assess
some aspect of performance.
Benefits and Uses Mid-size and large corporations place an emphasis on
training and evaluating their management teams at all levels. Using a 360° assessment with confidentially
for all concerned provides a unique opportunity for honest evaluations of
performance and managerial styles and provides corporations with feedback on
their current or proposed manager training programs.
Assessments are also very useful in measuring
skills mastery. By analyzing the gaps
between a person's actual and desired proficiency it is possible to provide
focused efforts and resources to build the desired competencies.