top-rated free essay

Synthesis Summary

By montiao Oct 19, 2012 958 Words

Thesis: The GSAT examination should be addressed as an inadequate measure of scholastic ability and, hence, is unsuitable as the main tool used in the current academic system.

Two recent articles have shed light on the public consensus showing displeasure with the GSAT examination. The first article, by Tyrone Reid GSAT ‘Unsuitable’ published in the Gleaner on Monday April 6, 2012, speculates at the appropriateness of the content of the exam and also its strict means of assessment. The second article Revisit GSAT Issue for Better Placement by Wayne Campbell published in the Jamaica Observer on Monday April 30, 2012, challenges the effectiveness of GSAT as an assessment tool and cites ways in which it is disadvantageous to the educational system.

The first major concern pointed out by these sources is that the GSAT is not appropriate in assessing a student’s true scholastic ability. (Reid, 2012) In GSAT ‘Unsuitable’, both Dr. Karen Richards and Margaret Bailey agreed that the finality of the exam results, in relation to the limited scope of assessment, proved GSAT to be unfair to the students. Furthermore, (Campbell, 2012) in Revisit GSAT, spoke about the flawed structure of how questions are marked on the exam, citing that it is easy for students to evade certain types of questions completely. The consensus on the literature is that the GSAT, as a one-time-per-year exam, is too limited a sample of someone’s academic ability and is a sample that is too easily skewed.

The second major concern is that the GSAT is actually damaging the educational system and that this attack is twofold. The first problem is stated in GSAT ‘Unsuitable’ by Patrice Harrison of GSATready. She pointed out that the content of the exam seem irrelevant, stating that while the topics are sound the specifics of the questions ask for information that is extraneous for the student. The second problem comes from (Campbell, 2012) in Revisit GSAT, stating that the actual placement proposed by GSAT scores is damaging to the educational system. He cites that the way the scores are used only widens the disparity between high and low performing schools and that the placement of students perpetuates these trends.

In concluding the credibility of both authors was unquestionable because of the use of reputable sources to bring their points across. The authors chose simple language to bring to the attention of the general public, issues parents and children face as a result of the GSAT. The structure of the articles was such that the audience fully grasps the material presented. Therefore the information itself was concise and to the point and did not leave the readers any room for misjudgment. The authors tone expresses a genuine concern as it relates to the state of GSAT and its impact on the nation’s youth.

GSAT ‘Unsuitable’

GSAT ‘Unsuitable’ published in the Gleaner on April 9, 2012 written by Tyrone Reid is an article which served to highlight some of the issues with GSAT as the final placement examination for the primary school level.

The author used captions from local educators to reinforce the information put forward. Firstly, primary school principal and author Dr. Margaret Bailey highlighted that the one exam principle is unsuitable. She made this statement because she believes that it is unreasonable to decide the faith of the children with one exam.

Dr. Karen Richards’s clinical psychologist agreed with Dr. Bailey. She went to suggest the use of school base assessment over just sitting an exam. She stated that, the use of psychological assessment for children sitting the GSAT may be beneficial to get a better understanding of their readiness and ability to cope with the stress of the exam.

Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga stated that, the issues of GSAT are not a onetime problem but a yearlong issue. He said that GSAT is time consuming and impedes the children’s social development and that there should be a curriculum reform. Managing Director Patrice Harrison from the agreed that there should be a reform in the curriculum as there is unnecessary information required for GSAT.

The author close by using a point brought forward by Dr. Bailey, she said that development is necessary at the secondary level in order to better place the children.

Revisit GSAT issue for better placement

Revisit GSAT issue for better placement published in the Jamaica Observer on April 30, 2012 written by Wayne Campbell is an article geared at looking into the placement issues with GSAT.

The author first sought to highlight the elitist nature of GSAT. He went on to describe the two fold manner in which children are placed in secondary institutions. He further emphasizes how this two fold placement permeates into the socio-economic divide evident in the Jamaican society.

Secondly, the author expresses the inability of GSAT to truly measure the students’ ability to perform at the secondary level. He uses a scenario to further strengthens his claim by showing how a student may pass a given section of GSAT with little or no aptitude in that area. He also uses rhetorical strategies to question the apparent fracture within the education system.

The author closes his argument by suggesting a possible strategy for placement of children. He also mentioned that an apparent revisit into the structure of GSAT is necessary aiming at making it an equitable way of placing children.


Reid , T. (2012, April 9). GSAT 'unsuitable'. The Gleaner. Retrieved July 20, 2012 from

Campbell, W. (2013, April 30). Revisit GSAT issue for better placement. Retrieved July 20, 2012 from


AY July 26, 2012 - ID#0703837

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Executive Summary Example

    ...| | | | | | | | |   | Good and poor examples of executive summariesThis is a GOOD example from an Accounting & Finance assignment. Footnote Executive Summary This report provides an analysis and evaluation of the current and prospective profitability, liquidity and financial stability of Outdoor Equipment Ltd. Methods of ...

    Read More
  • HUM 150 Week 2 Summary

    ... This paperwork contains HUM 150 Week 2 Summary General Questions - General General Questions HUM 150 Week 1 Individual Assignment Film Viewer Opinion Paper HUM 150 Week 2 Individual Assignment Editing, Sound, and Music Worksheet HUM 150 Week 3 Learning Team Assignment Film Matrix Comedy and Horror Presentation HU...

    Read More
  • Summary Writing Techniques

    ...SUMMARY WRITING A. Definitions 1. Outlining An outline is a structural skeleton of the main points of the material as they appear in chronological, rather than logical, order. 2. Paraphrase Paraphrasing, the restatement of another writer's ideas in your own words 3. Summary Summarizing, the brief restatement of a longer text in fewer word...

    Read More
  • Source and Background Synthesis

    ... ACCOUNTING 505 SYNTHESIS |Key Features of a Synthesis | (1)  It accurately reports information from the sources using different phrases and sentences; (2)  It is organized in such a way that readers can imme...

    Read More
  • Acoustic Theory and Synthesis

    ...Acoustic Theory and Synthesis Frequency: Frequency means the number of cycles per second and depending on the amount of cycles per second determines how high or low pitched the sound is and the time that it takes to complete one cycle is called the period. Frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz). And An average human is able to hear sounds be...

    Read More
  • Executive Summaries

    ...Executive Summaries are much like any other summary in that their main goal is to provide a condensed version of the content of a longer report. Definition of Executive Summary The executive summary is usually no longer than 10% of the original document. It can be anywhere from 1-10 pages long, depending on the report's length. Executive summa...

    Read More
  • Executive Summary

    ...Executive Summary The purpose of an executive summary is to summarize a report. Executive summaries are written for executives who most likely do not have time to read the complete document. Therefore, the executive summary must cover the major points and be detailed enough to mirror the content yet concise enough for an executive to understand ...

    Read More
  • Writing a Synthesis Essay

    ...The main purpose of a synthesis essay is to make insightful connections. Those connections can show the relationship(s) between parts of a work or even between two or more works. It is your job to explain why those relationships are important. In order to write a successful synthesis essay, you must gather research on your chosen topic, discover...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.