Baseline assessments

A baseline assessment allows the teacher to show students an overview of what they will be learning in a topic and to assess any prior knowledge or misconceptions. Baseline assessments can also be used to inform catch-up planning, or inform additional revision sessions towards the end of the course. Another possibility is a topic review that can support an initial baseline assessment and show progress between the two points in time. Smart Revise provides an effective platform for conducting simple baseline assessments and topic reviews.

How to use Smart Revise for baseline assessment or topic review

Option 1: An informal approach with Smart Terms

Ideal if you want a quick snapshot without the need to mark the task. Also great if you want students to continually assess their understanding of key terminology so that the teacher can identify the top ten least understood concepts across the whole class with a dynamic checklist.

Step 1: Enable Terms and set the topic filters

Make sure Terms is enabled in the class settings. Enable only reflective mode if you want a quick snapshot, or interactive mode only if you want students to record definitions against each term to check understanding. This will take much longer, but will provide more evidence.

Enable terms

It is important that the teacher controls the topic filtering and selects only the one topic being assessed.

Step 2: Tell the students to use Terms to record their confidence against each term.


Step 3: Use the analytics reports to check understanding.

Use the Analytics – Smart Terms – Student overview report to see understanding of a topic at a glance.

Use the Analytics – Smart Terms – Terms analysis report to see the top ten least understood terms.

Use the Analytics – Smart Terms – Student responses report to see a more detailed analysis of each term and change the recorded confidence for a student. This report is only applicable if Terms interactive mode was chosen at step 1.

Option 2: Smart Tasks

Ideal if you want to ensure students complete the assessment, write definitions to the key terms and would prefer to record actual marks and percentages instead of RAG confidence indicators. The teacher will need to mark the task for each student though.

Step 1: Set a task

Create a new task with the following settings:

  • Topics: select only the topic you want to include in the assessment.
  • Experience: Set to the maximum number of questions available (shown in italics) for the topic.
Baseline assessment terms
  • Schedule: No deadline for submission. Don’t set the task availability, it will default to immediately available.

Step 2: Mark the task

As this is a task the teacher will need to mark the task before any data is available for analysis in the mark book.