We can all learn from our mistakes.
The level that a learner is at does not influence why mistakes are made.
If the test environment and assessment itself are correctly made to cover the assessment criteria then the level is irrelevant.
Learners make mistakes for the following reasons
Firstly a learner may lack the skills or knowledge needed to answer correctly.
Made using Windows Voice Recorder app.
NB due to the large file size generated I was only able to upload part of my answer as a sound recording.
Secondly a poor testing environment may lead learners to make mistakes. Careful planning is needed to ensure that the learning environment is positive and supportive helping to eliminate mistakes caused by distractions, feeling rushed or insecure. The test materials need to be accessible and well constructed with language at the correct level for the learner.
Thirdly a poorly prepared learner who lacks positive test practice is more likely to make mistakes. Having confidence in their skills and knowledge built through strong and supportive teaching will give a learner the best chance at succeeding.
Fourthly external factors.
Any number of life events can affect how a learner performs in an assessment. Whilst it is not possible to eliminate these factors a positive testing environment would give a learner the opportunity to voice their concerns and these can then be noted.
Feedback, especially if an unexpected poor result is obtained, can establish why the mistakes occurred. Working out the Why is more important than worrying about the mark.
Examples of the mistakes that can be made by Digital Literacy Learners
Digital Responsibility Level 3:
Skill: Explain how to act upon inappropriate online activity of others.
Error: Not realise what is inappropriate activity; be unclear on how to act.
Solution: Discussion, questions and answers, plenty of case studies and examples.
Digital Information Literacy Entry Level 1:
Skill: State words or phrases that can be used to search for the information of a specific task.
Error: choose inappropriate or poor words.
Solution: Discuss results and experiment to improve skills for selecting words for a specific search.
Digital Productivity and Creativity Entry 2:
Skill: Be able to save a digital file.
Error: Fail to save a file.
Solution: Ensure plenty of practice is provided to save files in a sensible file structure using sensible file names.