Another name for assessment is test, or examination. We have all taken one at some point or the other. But what is the true benefit of a test? If preparation in school is anything to go by, tests were an exercise of being able to remember information for long enough to put it down on the answer sheet.
Assessment in its truest sense should be about finding out the state of the one being assessed with the aim of being able to offer them what they are lacking. Just like we would assess a situation to know what needs to be done next, people need to be assessed to know how to help them next.
With this understanding, we should have a deeper sense of purpose for assessments. Rather than let the fear of being assessed overtake us and paralyse us from benefitting from the experience, let us think of it as the opportunity to discover what to do next, where to improve, or how to help another.