A Conversation for Exams

the fairest way

Post 1


Exams are not the best but the fairest way to test what you've learned at school.

the fairest way

Post 2

doreiwolf (why not try A682652?) (Alpha Low Thingite Patron, Defender of Wibble, Pagan Younger and Official Pooper Scooper)

I think that's somewhat debatable.

Firstly, whether they're fair or not depends on many factors. Is the exam fair? Is it too hard, or too easy for the level of learning? Will the results be normalised? If so will they be normalised across the class, or to some standard that takes into account that this may be a smarter or less smart class?

Secondly do they test what you've learned? Do you define 'learned' as simply having memorised things, or do you define it as actually understanding the topic?

For the most part, all exams do is give a metric that can be used to grade people. Unfortunately those metrics aren't always 'good'.

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