Assessment, especially formative assessment, is essential to developing your learning. Assessment focuses your mind and helps you to identify gaps in your knowledge and skills. Assessment should be viewed as an opportunity to learn from what you were unclear or confused about and to help to improve your performance and ability to solve problems going forward. Samuel Smiles, who was an influencial figure in personal development literature as far back as 1859, said “We learn wisdom from failure more than from success: we often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and he who never made a mistake, never made a discovery” [Samuel Smiles, Self Help, 1859]. This quotation still holds true; we learn from our mistakes and assessment will help you to identify if, and where, you went wrong. With the right support and guidance you can really learn from assessment.