I have decided to argue that taking mock exams are unnecessary. This is because mock exams are created (and taken) purely for the preparation of A-level and GCSE exams for the students taking them. They do not (in fact) help a student at all when it comes to the spring/summer terms and their final, graded exams -such as GCSE and A-levels. This is for multiple reasons which I will elaborate on, such as stress, waste of time and a waste of the schools -and government's- money.
I would like to argue that mock exams do in fact help students during their GCSE"s and A levels. Mock exams act as a preparation device for students; as mock exams allow students to experience what they will be facing in later months. Without mock exams students would find themselves thrown into an exam hall without actually knowing what they have to do and without being confident in their abilities. Furthermore mock exams allow students to check their progress in their subject and find ways to improve their skills. Therefore January mock exams should be brought back to our schools.
You believe that without the preparation they might gain from mock exams they would go into an exam blinded without knowing the atmosphere, however at the end of every year many secondary schools have their students sit the three 'main' subjects; Maths, English and Science. Throughout their lives at school students are prepared for these exams, if mock exams were stopped they could focus directly on their finals.You fail to see the underlying effects mock exams can have on the students, such as an un-necessary amount of stress.
Mock Exams just give students un-necessary stress. Students spend weeks in preparation for their mock exams rather than their final exams (where the grades they gain matter more). Exams are a stressful time with students, with many taking more the 20 exams in a year for their GCSE "including coursework and controlled assessments. Union leaders said children between 15 and 18 were reporting sickness, lack of sleep, loss of appetite and problems relaxing because of exams in the summer and final terms of their school year. Mock exams doubles the amount of stress on the students.