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Formal examinations are the best way to assess students' performance?

sharmajali 5 / 14 1  
May 10, 2013   #1
IELTS:- Formal examinations are the only effective way to assess a student's performance. Continual assessment such as course work, projects is not a satisfactory way to do this. To what extend do you agree or disagree with the statement.

It is through education we carve our future citizens. Therefore, a proper assessment is required to know their efficiency in academic level. For the past three decades, formal examinations were considered to be the best way to assess students' learning ability. But this scenario changed a few years back when the education board realized the importance of weighing students on each level of their performance rather than on their bookish knowledge. Here I am going to discuss the lead of continual assessment over formal method.

Continual assessment is based on the student's involvement in different level such as in projects, assignments, presentations, class inputs. This also generates student's enthusiasm in doing well when they come to know that they are been evaluated on every level of their action and will take their work activities seriously.

It is unfair to assess students based on their answer sheets because according to me it only assists you in measuring student's memory level not understanding. In formal method of assessment examination is considered as the only mean of evaluation which brings a lot of pressure upon those students who won't able to by heart the text as it is. This pressure is released when we broaden our assessment scale through continual assessment.

Again in formal method students are evaluated on the basis of their preparation they had done during exam days, so any ill health or misfortune happens at that time will lead to poor outcome.

Though formal assessment has its draw backs, it helps teachers to understand student's knowledge regarding the topic. In my opinion, continual assessment should also be given equal weight as that of formal examination methods inorder to get a better results.

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