The Assessment Test is a multiple-choice quiz designed to measure your understanding of environmental issues and sustainability practices. It is typically given at the beginning of a college or university degree program, and it is often used as a preparation course for standardized tests in the future. A lot of students take these assessments as a way to prepare for higher level exams in their academic career, such as the GRE (General Education Development) or the EQA (earning capacity assessment test). However, I encourage my students to take this basic quiz to start out with, to get a feel for whether they understand environmental issues and what their own weak points are.
The question on the Assessment Test covers a wide range of topics related to environmental sustainability. You will need to demonstrate an understanding of water systems, including both fish consumption and pollution, human health and climate change, land use and sustainability. You will need to discuss the impact of increasing population, and what solutions, if any, exist to reduce the strain on natural resources. Finally, you will have to describe what environmental and social practices are done in your community, and what you will do to contribute to environmental sustainability.
When I give students the opportunity to take my introduction to environmental and social sustainability quiz for me, I encourage them to consider how much they know about sustainability. What is their understanding of ecosystems? What is the impact of overfishing on species? How is human health affected by high levels of pollution? How can natural resources be better utilized to improve local economies?
Not everyone will discover all of these questions when they take the exam. However, I encourage students to develop an interest in sustainability early on in their education. I encourage them to become active participants in sustainability activities that occur outside of the classroom, such as field trips and community engagement projects. In addition, I encourage them to consider learning from experts in their field. Students should not rely on me to teach them what they need to know.
It is my belief that no one has all the answers. As a teacher, I am always open to listening to students’ perspectives. I know that some students prefer to engage with only the scientific information regarding environmental sustainability and the environment. Other students are happy to find engaging materials to help them understand the relationship between the environment and society. I encourage both groups of students to take my introduction to environmental and social sustainability quiz for me and ask questions of their teachers, other school leaders, and specialists.
When students have prepared adequately for the quiz, I encourage them to think about some of the questions that were asked in the past. This will allow them to review questions that concerned sustainability issues that they may not have thought much about before. In addition, I encourage students to read some environmental articles. These articles can provide helpful information regarding some of the sustainability questions that they have not considered. Furthermore, I encourage them to visit sustainable resources online, such as World Resources Watch.
Some students may not feel comfortable answering questions concerning sustainability right away. In this case, I encourage them to write down the questions they do not understand. The next day, I encourage them to read over the selections of material from the internet to get a better understanding of environmental issues. Finally, I encourage my students to attend an actual school activity or forum on sustainability. By doing so, they will be able to interact with some of my students and discuss the sustainability topics with them.