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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 18 2012: I agree with exams 50 / 50.
    When students think that exams will be at the end of term,they try to do their best.Of course,there are exceptions ;)
    And who prepares his/her lessons very well.He/she can afford all materials during the exam.As we know when students pass the exams there will be marvy smile on their face.It is also one of the advantages of exams.Thus,it gives a chance to be happy for students.But sometimes exams are not considered adequate way to appreciate knowledge.It kills the ability of speaking.I`m talking about exam which is taken a test.
    Finally,i want to stress to pass the exam of life much more important in life.

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