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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 17 2012: NERGIZ NECEFLI:From my point of view, students need to be examined. Exams check up students knowledge level. Because of exams they can know what they have learnt during the lesson, classes. To tell the truth, exams can't be enough to determine student's level. Life is full of "buts" and exceptions. People are individual. Some of them can express their ideas orally, some of them can think in a logic way, another part of people can guess in technician style. May be this is reality that none wants to accept, it may be ridiculous but just for me, exam is chance. You can face with too easy questions without preparing too much in another case, you can face with the too difficult situation if you have preparing too hard. During the exams you can fell too bad, you can be ill etc. This is the chance. Life is exam. Life is chance to escape!

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