Non-Test in Assessment of Learning

Non-test is an alternative assessment in the sense that it diverts from the paper-and-pen test (Reganit et. al., 2010). These are tests that do not force the students to give their responses (Rico, 2011) but rather allow the students to manifest their acquired knowledge and skills from the subject. This is one of the authentic assessment methods that is able to zoom in the effectiveness and efficiency of the employed teaching methodologies, techniques, and styles.

Types of Non-test

  • Portfolio. A purposeful collection of students’ works that exhibit the student’s efforts, progress, and achievements in one or more areas of the curriculum.
  • Teacher Observation. The teacher observes the students while they work to make certain the students understand the assignment and are on task.
    Example: Cooperative learning
  • Journal. Students write daily on assigned or personal topics.
    Example: What is the thing you remember about yesterday’s lesson?
  • Slates or Hand Signals. Students use slates or hand signals as a means of signaling answers to the teacher.
    Example: Review questions – write answers and hold up slate.
  • Games. Teachers utilize fun activities to have students practice and review concepts.
    Example: Science trivia

  • Projects
    The students research a topic and present it in a creative way.
  • Debates. The students take opposing positions on a topic and defend their position.
    Example: The pros and cons of environmental legislations.
  • Checklist. The teacher will make a list of objectives that students need to master and then check off the skill as the students masters it.

  • Cartooning. Students will use drawings to depict situation and ideas.
    Example: Environmental Issues
  • Models. The students produce a miniature replica of a given topic.
    Example: Planetarium
  • Notes. Students will write a summary of the lesson.
    Example: Outline of the day’s lesson.
  • Daily Assignments. The student completes the work assigned on a daily basis to be completed at school or home.
    Example: Worksheets or research.
  • Panel. A group of students verbally present information.
    Example: A discussion presenting both pros and cons of the environmental issues.

  • Learning Centers. Students use teacher provided activities for hands-on learning.
    Example: An activity folder for frog dissection.
  • Demonstrations. Students present a visual enactment of a particular skill or activity.
    Example: Proving that air has weight.
  • Problem-solving. Students follow a step-by-step solution.
    Example: Solving a mathematical equation.
  • Discussions. Students in a class verbally interact on a given topic.
    Example: Discussion on climate change.
  • Organized notes and study guides. Students collect information to help pass the test.
    Example: One 3×5 notecard with information to be used during the test.


Reganit, A., et al., 2010. Assessment of student learning I (Cognitive Learning). C&E Publishing, Inc. Quezon City, Philippines.