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Judy Nollet

I suppose they wouldn't like "test," either. How about "the challenge"? Or just introduce it without an official label, e.g., "To successfully complete thiscourse, you'll need to correctly answer at least # of the following ## questions."

BTW, I don't think "assessment" is that scary. And let's face it, you have to make it plain that they're being graded; that either will or will not cause anxiety. You can soften it by explaining up front what kind of feedback they'll get and how many times they can re-take the "challenge."

Rachel Leigh

I wouldn't say to the learner (however you communicate the message to the leaner - narration or text) that "you're going to be evaluated/assessed."  On a side note, assessment is not the same thing as evaluation.

Can you soften the message by including in the message "if you don't pass the test the first time, keep trying until you do"?  

Bruce Graham

"We need to see that you can apply what you have learned here to your working environment, so here's some questions. The target is to get 80% correct, and if you don't you'll get another chance. You get two chances, and then if you still fail you will be fired".

You do not need to say what it IS, explain the PURPOSE.

That last bit may need some tweaking :)

Dave Howard

If I take a written driving test it's not applying what I know.

I think evaluation is more like survey, they imply subjectivity.

I like show what you know, show your work, learning check.

I like to use knowledge check for pre-work

I like quiz but some executives want something between a quiz and an exam for "mid-level importance"

Ulises Musseb

I might become unpopular for this, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with the word assessment. The issue is not what word it's being used. If you change the word, they will wind up having the exact same anxiety over the new word, and you will continue on looking for yet another "non anxiety producing word".

The issue to address is not the word to use.