What is

Low-Stakes Testing

Low-stakes testing involves the frequent use of evaluation instruments that have little impact on a student’s course grade. Two of the most popular examples of low-stakes testing are the use of clickers in class, and mastery-learning quizzing methods in which students are able to write a quiz repeatedly on a specific topic until the material is mastered. Cross-disciplinary research indicates that students learn most effectively when they have frequent opportunities to recall and apply the knowledge they have acquired in assessment situations.

Low-stakes testing refers to a method of assessment where students are given the opportunity to try repeatedly, make mistakes and potentially fail and to learn from those mistakes with minimal academic penalty.