Effective assessment is one of the most difficult aspects of instruction. Assessment not only needs to accurately capture the student knowledge and abilities for the instructor but should prepare students for the kind of evaluation that they will face once they enter the field. These connections can help the student better connect with the material and understand the relevance of the assessment. Many common forms of assessment (e.g. tests) require the student to perfume timed and memorized tasks with few available resources for reference. As acoustics students head out into the professional world, the assessment that they encounter during their academic careers should reflect the kind of skills that they will be evaluated on in the workforce. Several examples of assessment that more closely align with industry will be presented. This presentation will include a plea to the industrial partners to help faculty effectively create more of these types of assessments.