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Do you think that examinations are an adequate way to determine the ability of students?

I believe that testing students ability solely through examinations is not a fair way to represent each students true capabilities. Each person learns differently and equally each person demonstrates their knowledge differently, some people excel in presenting their knowledge orally, others do extremely well in exam conditions. In my opinion too much rests upon whether a student does, or does not, do well in their exams and it is not fair on those who would do equally as well but in a more practical 'as it applies in real life' approach. Do you agree? And How could we make 'testing' students fairer?

I do realise that in many subjects courseworks are required and contribute to the final grade however, I find that exams do make up the largest percentage of the overall grade/achievement. How could we tailor assessments to emphasise the abilities of each individual student and not just the few who do well in exam setting?


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  • May 3 2012: It is one of many ways to measure
    • May 3 2012: Yes it is only one of many ways but examinations do make up the most of the overall grade. I'm saying that too much relays upon the scores you get in your exams, such as whether a university will even look at your application, or whether or not you will be considered by an employer. There is not enough focus on other important factors like practical skills, how well you can present your ideas, applying your knowledge to a real life situation. It's all well and good answering a question about it on a paper but how would you fare with the problem in front of you?

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