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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: For many people examinations are not the most adequate way to determine the ability.But it is one of the ways. It depends on person. If you are so nervous in the examinations, it is only your weakness. I dont think that because of this weakness you can say that examinations dont determine the ability of students. If you are so nervous it means you dont have enough information about your subject. For me good way for determining the ability of students.

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