How often do you find yourself trying to decide whether to use Access or Assess?

In this article, you will learn;

    • The definitions of Access and Assess
  • The use and differences between Access and Assess.


Access, as a verb, means to gain or obtain access to while assess is to determine, estimate or judge the value of; to evaluate.

As a noun access


Access is an uncountable way or means of approaching or entering; an entrance or a passage.

 For example, the elevator gives access to the first floor

(uncountable) The quality of being easy to approach or enter.

(countable) An onset, attack, or fit of disease; an ague fit.

E.g. – The first access looked like apoplexy.

(countable) an attack or outburst of emotion.; a paroxysm; a fit of passion; as, an access of fury.

The right of a non-custodial parent to visit their child.


(uncountable, computing) The process of locating data in memory.

(uncountable, Internet) Connection to or communication with a computer program or to the Internet.