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Many people believe that formal 'pen and paper' examinations are not the best


Many people believe that formal 'pen and paper' examinations are not the best method of assessing educational achievement. What is your view of examinations? Give reasons for your answers.

Nowadays, the world is changing quickly. We should also change our thinking in the real life for success, even though in the examination format. Thanks to the benefits of new technology solving problems of traditional formal tests, the way of exam changing from 'pen and paper' to the other ways such as computer based exam is an irreversible trend.

Firstly, 'pen and paper' as the traditional format of the test leads to students to try to find out the trick way such as rote learning. Although, these candidates can reach the highest marks in the exam, they actually understand nothing. They just remember and write down exactly.

Secondly, the actual purpose of the exam is to test the knowledge of the student not the handwriting on them. It is not fair for the ones not good in handwriting on the 'pen and paper' test, because the teachers might be not happy with the bad writers as a result of the lower point of them. In the science area, for instant, this is very important to evaluate qualification of students. The lectures need to know how deep the students understand not care much about their paper decorate.

Lastly, the 'paper and pen' exams also cost more than computer based ones. School need to prepare enough teachers to correct during a limited time. And of course, they have to prepare pens and papers for students taking part in. That is a noticeable expense in examinations.

In conclusion, while traditional 'pen and paper' examinations certainly affect people's choices of testing knowledge, as those above reasons I do not believe that it is the best way to evaluate the quality of students especially in science fields.

Jun 5, 2014   #2
( remember to include both points or reasons you have mentioned above briefly here, it's necessary :) )

That's some of your minor mistakes :) I think you need to try more with writing essays :) And by the way, what is the type of test you are writing this essay?
Dear Mr Tuan,
Thanks for your quick comments!
It is my IELTS Task 2 writing at home, I will try to write more to improve my writing skill.
I cannot find out the 'Thanks' button, so I just want to say thank you.
Best regard,
Thai Binh.
Jul 10, 2014   #4
Nowadays, the world is changing quickly. We should also change our thinking in the real life for success, even though in the examination format

Well, open your essay with a more meaningful sentence. The first sentence, which we call the hook, should be able to grab the reader's attention and also it should me more relevant to your topic. This is what I suggest;

Examinations have been the most popular method of assessing people's knowledge in the past.
Now start introducing the background of the issue;
However, some people believe that they are not the best way to assessing the knowledge of individuals.


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