Too much emphasis is placed on testing these days. The need to prepare for tests and examinations is a restriction on teachers and also exerts unnecessary pressure on young learners. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
| | |In many schools and academic institutions throughout the world today there has been a shift from formal examinations and tests to assessment | |based on home assignments and tutorial or class presentations. This change has been welcomed by many educationalists who view formal exams and | |testing as an unreliable and inadequate means of evaluating a student's achievements. On the other hand, supporters of regular formal testing | |lament the lack of rigour and 'dumbing down' heralded by these changes and claim that important mental skills, exercised under exam conditions,| |have been devalued. | | | |One valid argument against regular and excessive testing is that it distracts teachers from his or her primary task; teaching. Nowadays, | |teachers are being held more and more accountable for the academic fortunes of their students and this often results in a preoccupation with | |strategies for passing exams rather than with learning itself. A recent survey on learning second languages in Greece found that the poor | |performance of students studying English for the Cambridge examinations was attributable in part to the disproportionate amount of time spent | |on practice with past papers rather than the expansion of the students' knowledge and use of the language. | |...
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