Exams Should Not Be Abolished Essay

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Should Exams Be Abolished by Aida

For her CAE class, Aida has written an excellent essay on whether or not she believes exams should be abolished.

It is usually believed that exams are a vital part in the student’s lifestyle. However, do exams really test people’s intelligence?

The most important issue to consider is the objective of the exams, since many people consider that exams are testing memory instead of intelligence. Moreover, that is a real matter in the student’s life due to which they feel obliged to study the information by using a repetitive method rather than trying to understand the content. While it is true that this would have immediate gains in the present because their marks will be great, it might be a problem in the near future.

Another important point is that exams have different effects in students. Thus, their performance is really diverse depending on each person. In fact, many experts have shown that exams are not testing the real knowledge of the student due to the fact that some of them are feeling under pressure and getting stressed, and for that reason it is more difficult to show their real abilities. Therefore, some people think that it is an inaccurate way to access children, because they actually receive an unfair evaluation of their knowledge in a subject.

 It seems clear that most people consider that exams normally are not a honest method to test students, then they can experience a stressful situation, and consequently they are not free to demonstrate their knowledge. In fact, by 2040, I strongly believe that exams will have been abolished completely.

As a long time teacher at several levels of education, it would be lovely to have the students come to class for the sake of learning.  To know that the students were there because they desired to gain all of the knowledge that you had to offer them would be the best of all worlds for both teacher and students. 

Unfortunately in America at least, this is not the case.  In high school, a good...

As a long time teacher at several levels of education, it would be lovely to have the students come to class for the sake of learning.  To know that the students were there because they desired to gain all of the knowledge that you had to offer them would be the best of all worlds for both teacher and students. 

Unfortunately in America at least, this is not the case.  In high school, a good per centage of the students go to class because they are made to go by officials and parents. Their purpose there is to get a grade and move on.  If a student likes a particular subject,  he may work and learn for the sake of learning. However, this does not always happen when the student likes the material. 

At the college level where students have to pay for classes, expectations might be different.  This is not the case; in fact, many times the student just wants to eek by with a "c" and survive the course.  

What is my point? If you do not have some kind of examination to gauge the learning of a student and to force him to study, he more often then not will do nothing in the class. 

Having been in classes where the professor only required attendance to complete the class, students slept and sneaked out of the class. Nothing was learned or accomplished. 

I wish it were possible to do without tests, but unless something changes, they will be required. 

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