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Assessment Sample

Assessment Sample

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Sample of Portfolio APEL 

The Portfolio APEL is required to support your application to  an academic programme based upon experiential learning.  According to the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) requirements, it comprises four key sections:


Part 1 :  Personal Details

Part 2 :  Details Learning Acquired

   a)   Certificated Learning (start with the most recent)

   b)   Experiential Learning (List of skills*)

   c)   Other Learning Skills/Activities

   d)   Language Skills

   e)   Self Assessment /Reflection (Compulsory)**


** List of Skills

List of skills on what I have learnt based on 8 Learning Outcome Domains:




Practical Skills


Social Skills and Responsibilities


Values, Attitudes and Professionalism


Communication, Leadership and Team Skills


Problem Solving and Scientific Skills


Information Management and Lifelong Learning Skills


Managerial and Entrepreneurial Skills

** Self Assessment /Reflection (Compulsory)

--Self Assessment/Reflection is a structured way of thinking about events and activities. It helps you to identify the learning which has already happened and enhance your ability to deal with learning with particular situation more effectively in the future. 


An Example of Describing the Learning Process

1.  Why do you want to study? (Min 100 words)

I want to study the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme because nowadays, having a recognized academic qualification is important in my career advancement.  I want to improve my management and leadership skills to excel my career. Besides, I also want to be competitive among my colleagues and recognized by my superior.   I have been working in the banking industry for more than 5 years,  and my past experiences were mainly on the technical perspectives.  I hope that the MBA programme will help me to grow and advance my career, acquire new knowledge and improve communication skills, particularly on the people management skills and  socio-cultural skills. 


2. Write your experience (Min 150 words)

I started work as an Administrative Assistance in a Shipping Company immediately after my high school in 2005.  I acquired my general office administrative skills such as typing, filing, preparing shipping documents, etc. Although my company occasionally sent me for seminars and workshops trainings to upgrade my professional skills, meanwhile, I enrolled myself for a part-time Diploma in Business Administration course, to further my studies.  After working with the shipping company for 5 years and obtained my Diploma qualification, I decided to change field and join banking industry as an executive officer in the Credit and Loans Department.  I participated and worked through the process of assessing clients' credit abilities; read previous reports and identified the key points for report writing.  I acquired computer skills; writing skills; analytical skills; ability to collect information; analyse and generalise information.  I have been working with the bank for last 5 years and I would like to further advance my career in the banking industry.


Part 3 :  Evidence of Learning

  a)   List of Items Provided (List of Evidence++)

  b)   Referees (relevant to work situation)

        ++List of Evidence (Evidence that can be provided for application)


Direct Evidence

Indirect Evidence


 You can provide copies of your qualification;

  • School certificates
  • Statement of results
  • Courses completed at work

 Written Records

 You can provide copies of;

  • Diaries
  • Records
  • Journals
  • Articles

 Work Samples

 You can provide samples of your work;

  • Drawings or photographs
  • Reports
  • Written materials
  • Projects
  • Objects
  • Work of arts 


 You can provide copies of email communications which verify;

  • Customer feedback
  • Work activities
  • Written skills


 Records of Workplace Activities 

 You can provide documents that verify your work activities

  • Notes
  • Emails
  • Completed worksheet
  • Workplace agreement
  • Contracts 

 Supporting Letters

 You can provide letters to verify your claim from;

  • Employers
  • Community groups
  • People you have to work with (paid and unpaid work)


 You can provide evidence that shows what you have done in your life;

  • Media articles
  • Meritorious awards