Pre-National Examinations With Marking Schemes
Examinations are tests which aim to determine the ability of a student. Academically, an examination is an official test of knowledge. Different types of Examinations are conducted all over the world for evaluating a person’s skills and intelligence.
Examinations are usually written tests, although some may be practical or have practical components, and vary greatly in structure, content, and difficulty depending on the subject.
Life today has become so complex that examinations have come to play an important part in one’s educational career. The importance of examinations is so high that most students are afraid of them. The examinations are hated by many and Loved by many.
Here are some reasons for and against Examinations.
Advantages of Exams
1. Self Analysis of One’s Own Abilities
With examinations, a person is able to know his level of Performance and Knowledge.
2. Tool for Learning and Working
Examination provides encouragement to people for Learning and Working.
3. Spirit of Competition
Examinations also create a sense of Competition which pushes the limit of a person’s ability to do more and to do best.
4. Development of Personality and Confidence
Spirit of Competition and Realization of Self -Analysis leads to the development of one’s Personality and Confidence.
5. Scholarships and Awards
Good Performance in Examinations brings Scholarships and Awards
6. Good Future
Good Grades translate into better Job Placement and remuneration
7. Examination Anxiety is Good
Anxiety due to examinations is good. It is a necessary part of life. The occurrence of Examinations prepares students to get used to the pressures of examinations, their mentality becomes much stronger.
8. Single Examination-Multiple Students
One can judge the progress of many students at once by holding a single Examination for all.
9. Easy Detection of Teaching Flaws
Examinations also measure a Teachers skills and flaws and if any subject should be re-taught or explained differently.
Disadvantages of Exams
1. Source of Stress and Pressure
Some people are burdened with stress with the onset of Examinations. The Stress of Performance creates Pressure for many.
2. Health Problems
Examinations also lead to various health problems like Headaches, Nausea, Loose Motions, V omitting etc.
3. Loss of Confidence
Failure in Exams leads to loss of confidence for many.
4. The tendency of Suicide
Failure in Examinations harbors Low Self Esteem which induces Tendency Of Suicide.
5. Breaking of Companionship
Competitive traits during Examinations sometimes leads to Peer Problems like ruined friendships, bonds etc.
6. Exams are a Formality
Students are unable to identify the real purpose of Examinations. For them passing their examinations is a formality for entering into good schools. Therefore they all are all learning just for the sake of a formality.
7. Pressure Creates Disinterest in Studies
Exhaustion, stress and other problems related to examinations create fear and hatred which in turn leads to loss of interest and faith in studies.
8. Examinations are not the Real Test
Examinations measure relatively superficial knowledge or learning which totally defeats the purpose of Examinations. A person with lees grades may turn out to be a successful person while a good grader may end up unsuccessful in life.