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IELTS WRITING TASK 2- final exam and continual assessment


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May 2, 2021   #1
There seems to be an increasing trend towards assessing students through exams rather than through continual assessment.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of exams as a form of assessment?



It seems to be a growing trend that students are judged through final exams rather than continuous assessments. This can have both advantages and drawbacks.

On the one hand, it is beneficial for students to be assessed by final exams instead of continuous assessment. This is predicated on the assumption that students who have to take one exam throughout their course tend to be under less pressure than those who receive a continuous assessment. Since final exams take place only at the end of a course, students may not be required to spend too much time on revision. This can enable them to have more spare time for their hobbies, extracurricular activities, or part-time jobs, which seem to be less stressful than academic knowledge.

On the other hand, it seems to be a demanding job for teachers to evaluate a student's capability just by one test. A good student may have poor performance on his test day due to many unexpected problems related to physical or mental health. For example, a brilliant student usually has excellent performances in his class but got low marks in his final exams because of his sickness. Consequently, exam results may fail to reflect students' capacity and provide feedback that students can later use to improve their understanding. It is one of the shortcomings if schools apply final examination systems to observe students' progress.

In conclusion, for the aforementioned reasons, assessing the capacity of students by exams instead of continual assessment has both positives and negatives.
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May 3, 2021   #2
The prompt restatement still kept the use of the original keywords from the prompt. The words final exams and continious assessment should have been replaced to show your English vocabulary range. Acceptable replacements for final exams would have been closing semester test, last periodical quiz. For continious assessment - weekly quizzes, daily review questions, among other alternative references would have been acceptable . The overall essay is only slightly above the minimum word count which does not help to increase the overall scoring potential. Writing at least 275 words would be more ideal next time.The inclusion of a proper 2 sentence response here would have helped increase the TA score. An immediate topic presentation would have been beneficial to the clarity of your opinion based on your proposed discussion outline .

There are 2 discussion views presented in the instructions, the positive and negative. For immediate paragraph discussion and clarity, launch each paragraph with that reasoning sentence . The C and C score will increase that way . So rather than saying " On the one hand " , which doesn't tell the reader anything about the paragraph topic, say," One disadvantage is ", this clearly leading the reader into the paragraph topic.Then , opening the next paragraph with, " That is why there is clearly an advantage to ... " Such paragraph formatting lends itself to higher C and C scores due to the obvious connection of discussion points within paragraphs.

You show an understanding of the prompt in the discussions. However, better discussion formatting is required due to better scoring considerations.These improvements in word count and presentation can increase your final score.


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