Assessment skills

Another beneficial skill for instructors is the ability to continuously analyze, appraise, and judge a student’s performance. The student looks to the instructor for guidance, suggestions for improvement, and encouragement. The instructor must gather the information needed to evaluate student progress throughout the learning process.

A well-designed and effective assessment process contributes to developing aeronautical decision-making and judgment skills by helping develop the student’s ability to accurately evaluate his or her knowledge and performance.


  • Individual Assessment – Ask your student “How do you think you did at [insert skill/task]?”
  • Group Assessment – Ask your students, “What did you all notice about [insert skill/task]? This assessment style allows the students to learn from each other during the discussion.
  • Instructor Assessment – For example, the instructor can tell a student, “Your wing layout is a B+; you could make it an A by [insert feedback].”
  • Oral Quiz Assessment – While teaching how to read a sectional chart, the instructor can ask, “What color is the line on a sectional chart for B airspace?”
  • Feedback/EvaluationThe instructor should continually provide helpful feedback to the student throughout the learning process.

Avoid using trick questions and/or irrelevant questions in your assessments.