This article delivers a case study that showcases a unique assessment model called the Practical Applied Skills Exam (PASE) used at a private for-profit post-secondary institution in Canada. The PASE creates a practical situation with the instructor acting as a client and the student acting as an audio engineer. A high level of competency is required to pass the PASE and students that fail are required to retake the course. The article discusses pedagogical and organizational implications using structural, human resource, political, and symbolic frames of reference. The benefits and drawbacks of the PASE need to be understood to inform academic practices that support the goals and values of the institution and the needs of the audio industry.
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