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Once upon a time I took a test and I happened to pass that that, but was it because I was really smart or because I cheated? Well obviously not. I spent 2 days memorizing the answers. Then once upon another time I took another test and I didn't pass that one and was it because I was really smart or because I cheated? No it was because I didn't spent my time mesmerizing the answers.
Although some may argue tests are a good form of evaluation, most of the time they are just seeing if you can memorize useless facts that are not very useful for the future, however they should use different questions that are application-based questions for a better evaluation of the student.
It's not like by-hearting or knowing Pythagoras theorem will help me build a career, it's not like finding the area of a triangle will get me money in future, I'm not gonna be a farmer so why learn about agriculture in economics? Nor learning history will give me a better future. So why do we have the need to write exams?
I agree that examinations should be replaced by alternative methods. Examinations encourage the memorization and regurgitation of facts, not true learning. Furthermore, examinations cause anxiety and can be an inaccurate representation of a students knowledge. Education is currently framed around various milestone examinations, that do not prepare a students mind for the retaining of knowledge or prepare the student for the world.
Testing is a very poor way of determining how intelligent a person is. The whole education system is so enamored with absorbing facts that we never learn how to think critically, just how to be a dumpster full of random facts and tests play into that problem. Open discussion of subjects and group discussion instead of tests would be helpful.
Exams Should not be replaced with other forms of assessment since it it the only way to truly test a students knowledge and understanding of the subject. Exams give teachers a great reference on how well they are teaching the course, depending on how well all the students do in certain areas.
Too many people aregue that : examinations should be replaced by other interesting educational forms of assessment, yet they are ignorant of what are these forms. Nevertheless, I have no doubt that there is no any altercations that can replace subject examinations in any forms. Further studies have shown that above 90% of schools all over the world follow subject examination methods inorder to rank and evaluate the student's knowledge in these particular fields, in other words, if you really think that examinations should be replaced, then why the hell they didnt?!
Examinations as far as students are concerned, determines objectively their competency and mastery of it. It is the very essential form of assessing where the student is inclined and where a student is not. After all, it depends on the student itself how he or she establishes his/her study habits. Precise study habits in particular.
I do not believe examinations should be replaced with other forms of assessment because as of yet, we don't have a viable alternative option. I believe it is important for people to create these alternative forms of measuring academic success, before we decide that they are better methods. I believe it should be studied more.
No, examinations should not be replaced with other forms of assessment, because exams are a good way to decide who knows the material. With an examination, the student has to understand the material as well as be able to regurgitate it on a test. It is a fair way to see who knows the material, and who needs to look it up.
Exams should not be done away with. With that said there are some people who are bad exam takers so maybe adding other assessments on with the exams would help to level the playing field a bit. Exams are always going to be a necessary way to test knowledge in schools.
Although in a perfect world there would be better ways to asses students, schools do not have the human resources to provide such evaluations. Examinations are an easy way to classify students without spending a lot of time or effort. Personal interviews would be too time consuming on a large scale basis.
Formative assessment should be assessed in a variety of ways. You should gives students test because it is a good indicator of what a student knows. However, you should also provide projects, group works, or many other interactive ways for students to demonstrate what they have learned in order to be successful.
While other forms of assessment should not be excluded, they should not completely replace examinations. Examinations often prove useful in measuring knowledge and ability. Naturally not everyone is a good exam taker and therefore other assessment is important too, but that is no reason to completely eliminate and replace traditional exams.