1 Comment on Test scores put pressure on struggling students

  1. Anthony Wariner // April 15, 2016 at 12:27 am //

    Final tests are devious as they come. Not only do they give you problems that are extremely difficult, on purpose, but they typically give you problems that the professor more than likely didn’t discuss in any of his/her lectures. To grade a student based on their test taking abilities is not a true measure of one’s intelligence. Industry doesn’t care about your grades, nor do they care about how quickly you can learn something or for how long you can retain it. It’s all a game, and if you play the game to get the piece of paper, that industry desires that you have, then you might be a likely candidate for their political agendas. Some industries, such as Network Administration, demand their own form of testing, which is vastly different than the one cited about the Math1010 final test. Albeit a test, it is much more flexible in terms of grading your skill level. Certificates of these types, also allow for you to repeat the test, without the need to retake the entire course. Studying for a final test, can not only be extremely stressful, but almost pointless. The percentage of people who can retain everything that they studied during the entire semester is more than likely less than 5%. We’re not allowed to use notes of any kind. If real world can’t dictate how you get the job done, but more when will the job be done, than why is it so important that us students take a pointless test that really has no measure one anyone’s intelligence, other than their ability to memorize nonsense that more than likely you’ll never use? Some courses, especially those that are core classes, don’t even have a final test, than why do any of the math classes have them? If homework has no bearing on your final grade, other than to ‘assist’ you on preparing for the final, than why even bother with the homework? Not only will this process never change, due to the corrupt system that is higher education, but even if it does change it won’t be in the benefit of the consumer, which is the student. If we are the industries clients, than industry should be more flexible in providing a way that we can prove our intelligence, not through outdated pointless testing which is to say the least, deceptive to begin with.

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