Assessment resources for geography teachers

Sian Evans
04th October 2017
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Discover how your classes are progressing with these tests, quizzes and assessments

Taking the time to check that your students understand what you are teaching them is an important task and one that can easily be overlooked when trying to cram all the essential content into your lessons. To help you out, we’ve gathered a range of baseline assessments, end-of-topic tests and quick quizzes, designed to show you how much knowledge learners have retained and where there are gaps.

KS3 resources

A great way to find out how your Year 7 students are adapting to secondary geography lessons is by using a baseline assessment. This well-structured test covers all the basic geographical concepts and skills to see whether learners can describe, explain and justify their knowledge. In contrast, there is a longer and a shorter version of this assessment that focuses on reading maps and environmental issues.

This climate assessment, specifically looking at deserts, is ideal for testing whether your class are able to interpret knowledge and present it on a graph.  Alternatively, use this coasts assessment to see how much your students have absorbed about erosion, deposition, landforms and defences.


Year 7 Geography Baseline Assessment

A test that can be used to assess the starting level of Y7 students in Geography. The test covers all the basic geographical concepts and skills, including: scale; map skills; countries and continents; describing, explaining and justifying and photograph analysis. A rudimentary mark scheme is also provided along with grade boundaries. This test has been used successfully at 2 different schools and has provided myself and other teachers with a rigorous understanding of the starting point for new Geography students.
By beatty_

Geography Baseline Assessment

2 x versions of our baseline assessment (one shorter and one longer version) plus markschemes. Can be used to set in year 7 or just assess ability on entry. It is based on what they should have done at KS2. Baseline 1 = longer version Baseline 2 = shorter version
By blackfriary

Climate graph assessment - deserts

A describe, explain and interpret assessment designed for use with year 7 during a topic on ecosystems (focusing on deserts). The levelled markscheme is also available. The task can further be differentiated by removing the 'graph paper' or adding further axis etc and altering the word box.
By blackfriary

Coasts assessment

A short assessment that could be completed in 40 minutes for KS3 students. Includes questions on erosion, deposition, landforms and defences. Aimed at mixed ability classes - most pupils should be able to complete most of the sheet, with a couple of mildly challenging questions at the end. Now with assessment grid.
By krystina2

KS4 and post-16 resources

Round up a study of population with your GCSE class using this end-of-topic test, which simultaneously checks understanding and gets learners to practise writing justified answers. Similarly, this end-of-unit test and review sheet about natural hazards encourages students to assess themselves at the end of each unit, become more familiar with the style of examination questions and reflect upon the gaps in their knowledge.

Why not try this straightforward tourism test to ensure that your learners have fully grasped its impact upon the economy over time? Or, for a more light-hearted approach to end-of-topic assessment, challenge older students with this tectonic game show that will bring out their competitive spirit.


Population Test

End of topic test on population
By lrabbetts

Edexcel GCSE Geography B - Restless Earth - End of Unit Test and Review Sheet

Prepare your students effectively for the Edexcel GCSE Geography B examinations in 2017 with this review sheet and end of unit test. These resources have been created and developed over a number of years; they have been tried and tested in the classroom leading to some great results.

This resource includes a Review Sheet to check knowledge and understanding against the key parts of the specification. Also included is an End of Unit Test to allow pupils to test themselves at the end of the topic and become more familiar with the types of questions asked in the examinations.

These resources have been developed with input from an experienced Edexcel GCSE Geography examiner.
By GeographyBurp

Tourism Test

Test on tourism for GCSE
By lrabbetts

Tectonics Quiz

A nice little end of topic gameshow. You can use this for several year groups (depending on what you teach), and also tweak the questions/topics to another which might suit you more.

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