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Authentic assessment design should ensure transfer of knowledge

This element seeks to determine the extent to which the skill, knowledge and attitude being assessed may have meaning beyond the confines of a single content area. Thus, in authentic work performance, knowledge may often be drawn from a range of domains, yet may be applied only within a single domain to produce successful performance.

The authentic assessment activity should support the notion that knowledge and skills learnt in one area can be applied within other, often unrelated, areas.  As assessments are designed to measure the learning outcome, their relevance to the work environment determines the assessment’s authenticity. 

This also enables the educator to consider the link between knowledge, skills and attitudes taught, and their application in the workplace and to review the curriculum accordingly.