assessment as‧sess‧ment [əˈsesmənt] noun
1. [countable, uncountable] a judgement that you make about a person or situation after considering all the information:

• They will have to make an assessment of the services required to meet the health needs of the population.

enˌvironmental ˈimpact asˌsessment [countable]
an examination of the possible effects of a new project on the environment:

• A full environmental impact assessment will be required before any development within 25 miles of the coast.

ˈrisk asˌsessment [countable, uncountable] COMMERCE MARKETING
an examination of the possible risks involved in doing something, so that organizations can decide whether something is worth doing and how they can reduce the risks:

• Any organisation employing more than four people must carry out a health and safety risk assessment.

2. [countable, uncountable] a calculation of how much something will cost to repair, how much something is worth, how much money someone should be given etc:

• Charges for students were based on an individual assessment of ability to pay.

ˌstandard ˈspending asˌsessment [countable]
ECONOMICS in Britain, the amount of money that the government calculates a local council needs to spend on providing a particular service, and which they give to the council for this purpose
3. [countable] also tax assessment TAX a calculation of the amount of tax that someone has to pay:

• Anyone facing a tax assessment which they consider unreasonable should seek professional advice.

[countable, uncountable] TAX a tax system in which people present information on how much they have earned and calculate for themselves how much tax they have to pay in a particular year:

• For self-assessment to work, the tax has to be simple enough for taxpayers to be able to fill in their own tax returns.

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assessment UK US /əˈsesmənt/ noun [C or U]
the process of considering all the information about a situation or a person and making a judgement: conduct/give/make an assessment »

The first thing you must do is make an assessment of the situation.

a detailed/thorough assessment »

They intend to conduct a more detailed assessment of potential clients.

initial/preliminary assessment »

According to our initial assessment, progress was considerably slower than had been predicted.


They have asked for an independent safety assessment of the factory.

the process of considering the amount or value of something, or the decision that is made: carry out/make an assessment »

The lender will send out a valuer or surveyor to make an assessment of the property.


If you disagree with our assessment, you have the right to appeal.

(also tax assessment) TAX the process of calculating how much tax someone must pay, or the amount that must be paid: »

Much of the responsibility for tax assessment was passed to the taxpayer.


We may alter an assessment up to two years after tax became due.

HR the process of testing, and making a judgement about , someone's knowledge, ability, skills, etc.: »

The diploma will be awarded based on a final exam and continuous assessment throughout the course.


Every new employee will need to take an English-language assessment test.

See also ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT(Cf. ↑environmental impact assessment), RISK ASSESSMENT(Cf. ↑risk assessment), SELF-ASSESSMENT(Cf. ↑self-assessment), STANDARD SPENDING ASSESSMENT(Cf. ↑standard spending assessment)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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