Hands-on experiences are fundamental and need to be positive for student teachers' preferences of assessment methods. That is the result of a study conducted on a course of child development within the first year of elementary teacher education program. The study which utilized questionnaires was linked to four assessment methods: portfolio, case-based, peer assessment and multiple-choice evaluations. Data was gathered during three points of measurements. Results show an initial negative response to unknown assessment methods, but as students became familiar, their preferences changed positively.