Free learning styles assessment tests are valuable for helping teachers determine the best methods for teaching students. Experts believe that people learn visually, auditorily and kinesthetically. Children have at least one dominant learning style. When children know their learning style, they have a better understanding of how they learn and receive new information.
How to Administer
Explain the purpose of the assessment and inform students that the assessment is not a graded test. Ask students for their honest interpretations of how they learn, and tell students that their answers will help you develop learning materials to teach them using the best methods for their learning styles. Encourage students to answer all of the questions, and instruct students on how to answer and advance through questions in interactive assessments. Allow students to take breaks when completing long assessments of 50 questions or more.
Free online interactive assessments, administered in a classroom on laptops or in a computer lab, can pose questions related to learning styles. Students can answer the questions discussing how they learn and receive immediate feedback at the conclusion of the assessment. Teachers can project the interactive assessment on the board, reading the questions and answers to the class. This is especially useful for inclusive classes with special needs students. Students should print their assessments at the conclusion of the assessment.
Pen and Paper Assessment
Print free assessments that students complete using a pen or pencil. Classes that do not have access to individual computers can use the pen and paper versions. Teachers with visually impaired students can enlarge the assessments. Upon completing the assessment students can score their reports to discover their learning style. Students can complete the assessments individually and discuss their responses in groups. Explain the scoring system and show the students an example of how to score an assessment. Alternatively, you can score the reports and return them to the students. After sharing their learning styles, students can turn in their assessments, so you will have them for your records.
Select assessments based on the number of questions with terminology appropriate for the students' maturity level. Use shorter assessments with simple terms for younger students. Although middle and high school students can complete longer, more elaborate learning assessments, they may grow bored and not complete assessments with more than 20 questions. Longer assessments, however, can present a more accurate interpretation of the students' learning style.