The problem with final exams

I hate paper exams. I don’t believe that they adequately assess knowledge nor do they show understanding in a way that is beneficial. They don’t even really represent what it is that we’re trying to teach students¬†to do. I heard it said long ago that the only thing paper exams show is how well a particular student can do on a paper exam. It’s true. Think about it – what do students do before a big IGCSE or AP exam? They cram by reviewing past papers and example questions. It’s quite a ridiculous culture that focuses on examination instead of learning.

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