› 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, risk assessment, self-assessment, standard spending assessment