Exam Abolishment

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Exams Abolishment

December 14, 2012

Contents
1. Outline………………………………………………………………….1 2. Abstract………………………………………………………………...2 3. Introduction…………………………………………………………….3 4. CON 1 + Refutation(s)…………………………………………………4 5. CON 2 + Refutation(s)…………………………………………………4 6. CON 3 + Refutation(s)…………………………………………………5 7. PRO 1 + Support………………………………………………………..6 8. PRO 2 + Support………………………………………………………..6 9. Conclusion………………………………………………………………7 10. References………………………………………………………………8 11. Appendix……………………………………………………………….9

Outline
1. Abstract.
2. Introduction:
3. Definition.
4. History.
5. Two opinions.
6. Thesis: In my point of view, exams should be abolished from school systems as they are more harmful and meaningless to students than beneficial. 7. CON 1 + Refutation(s).
8. CON 2 + Refutation(s).
9. CON 3 + Refutation(s).
10. PRO 1 + Support.
11. PRO 2 + Support.
12. Conclusion.
13. References.
14. Appendix.

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Abstract
Since its official occurrence in the 19th century, school exams have been the only known and approved way to test students' knowledge and evaluate their performance. The word exam in general means a test. People could be tested in almost everything in their lives. In my opinion, human beings were born to be tested till their death. The results of their test will be revealed in the Judgment day and everyone will be awarded or punished according to those results. Many people think that exams are the most appropriate and fair way to evaluate students' progress and determine their intelligence. On the other hand, others would vote for abolishing exams and replacing them with more practical and skill-oriented methods to evaluate their students' performance. I strongly support the idea of exams abolishment and in this paper I will present my reasons.

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Wedian Ibrahim 120899 Dr. Amira El Zekreed
English for Research Writing Purposes
Exams Abolishment
The word exam means in its simplest terms a test. The school exam is a countable number of questions in what students have been taking through the school year to test their knowledge and as a result evaluate their progress. Passing or failing exams determines if students will go through to the next year or repeat their courses. In my opinion, examination in its general term existed before the humankind. Allah tested his angles, Adam and Eve before they came down to earth and produce the humankind. The whole point behind our existence is to test us and if we succeed we go to paradise but if we fail the test we go to hell. Therefore, the exams principle existed before education itself. The existing form of examination has appeared in the 19th century. Before that century, education was for pure learning and no exams were performed. In England, boys in school took their first exam in 1858 and girls were introduced to the concept of exam in 1867 (Cambridge Assessment, 2008). Questions at that time were revolving around religion and history. Students were also tested on mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry but questions in those subjects were easy and straightforward. Some people support exams and assure their importance in evaluating students' progress in a specific subject. Others think that students' progress could be measured using other effective methods rather than exams. In my point of view, exams should be abolished from school systems as they are more harmful and meaningless to students than beneficial. Supporters of exams said that students need an external motivation to do better every time they get awarded in form of grades. They claim that psychologically external motivation enhances students' existing internal motivation. In other words, if students were awarded for doing good in exams in a form of grades, they will be motivated to learn more as they self-evaluate themselves every time....
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