- Tom Pye
- Sheffield, South Yorkshire
- United Kingdom
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Exams are ineffective and should be abolished and replaced with course work
Exams have been used for a long time now as a fast and efficient way of assessing people. However fast and efficient they may be, they are not effective!
They do not show someone's true knowledge or potential, only their ability to memorise the curriculum and apply it on the day to a question that has little meaning.
A piece of course work allows students to demonstrate the same knowledge as they would in an exam but to a real problem that they will face in real life, thus preparing them for a career. One bit of work can even cover and bring together several topics into one problem.
Course work demonstrates the difference between "book smarts" and practical intelligence and is therefore a better method of assessment and is more useful for an employer to understand their real world value.