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hat are Skill Tests?

hat are Skill Tests?

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A Skill Test defines a particular result to achieve in the context of a Skill Definition, which implies a certain degree of specificity on the process used to achieve the result.  The Skill Test defines the starting situation (components and tools) and provides one or more Skill Test Evaluation Criterion to define how well (or whether) the result was achieved.

Each Skill Test allows you to determine whether you understand the technique and how well you can perform it.  It also provides a way to determine if you need more practice at it and what areas of improvement you need to work on.

It would be nice to include a time-elapsed component with each Skill Test but neither of us have sufficient knowledge of the subject to provide any guidance on this.  We'll have to await the valued input of others and gain more experience ourselves before we can add time taken to complete the task as a Skill Test Evaluation Criterion.

One of the interesting aspects of defining Skill Definitions and Skill Tests is determining which is which.  For example, should we define Alloy Bronze and Alloy Brass as two different Skill Definitions, or do we need a Skill Definition for Alloy and they are two different Skill Tests of Alloy?

Another example:  Are Lost Wax Casting and Sand Casting two different Skill Tests of the Casting Skill Definition, or are they two different Skill Definitions?

The answer has to do with process similarities and differences.  

At this time, we feel that an Alloy Skill Definition with two Skill Tests, Alloy Bronze and Alloy Brass is appropriate.  We don't believe, given our current level of knowledge, that the process is all that different.

Lost Wax Casting and Sand Casting have two almost totally different processes, so we feel they are two different Skill Definitions under a more general Skill Definition of Casting.
 
Each Skill Test comes with a set of specific Skill Test Criterion that is used to judge whether one has succeeded or failed at the test, and how well (or poorly).  The intent of each Skill Test Criterion is to provide guidance for improvement.
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Skill:Alloy
Skill Description:Mix different metals and chemicals in specified proportions in order to produce a new metal allow with specific characteristics.
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Test:Alloy Bronze
Test Description:Mix and melt Copper and Tin in the correct proportions to make bronze.
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Mix Test
Determine whether the Copper and Tin are fully mixed together.
Saw the cast ingot into quarters and verify the bronze is of uniform color and consistency.