The peculiar nature of the subject of drama gives rise to a range of issues when it comes to formal assessment processes; particularly, when the formal model of assessment has not been rooted at its inception in the realities of the drama experience. Of course, assessment, reporting, examination are all part of the game we operate within, but, as in all things, it is an important part of our situation which should be open to reflection, and for which we reserve the right to take a considered stance. Of special interest are the issues of observability, judgement and the significance of the group. From a discussion of these things we will move to the consideration of a workable approach to assessment that perhaps we can live with.