Most educational institutions rely on administering exams to individuals in an attempt to assess their progress and development. Exams can be administered in various forms such as matching, multiple-choice, and providing short answers to questions. However, this is not always an effective means of assessing individuals’ skills and abilities.
Why have schools and educational institutions stayed behind amid all the technological advancements of the last century? Are there more effective ways of assessing individuals other than writing the traditional exam?
Here are a few reasons why the traditional exam or test may not be the best way forward for educational institutions.
Exams Create A Stressful Classroom Environment
Exam rooms and halls are unnecessarily stressful for individuals. People participating in the assessment need to be silent and avoid breaking any one of the rules while completing the paper.
There is plenty of research that argues that exam stress can have a negative impact on an individual’s ability to perform to the best of his or her abilities. The results of an exam can often have serious consequences for participants, adding to the anxiety of the outcome.
The Administrative Task of Examinations Can Be Overwhelming
Many staff members are required to make sure that everything runs smoothly. People writing the exam must not be disturbed, and each individual needs to be monitored to prevent cheating or misconduct. Instructors and examinators need to watch children like police dogs in a confined space.
The exam room does not really simulate real-life situations. In real life, people can consult resources or individuals for support, but the exam room puts an individual in complete isolation, and this can be overwhelming.
Exam Papers Are Not A Comprehensive Test of Abilities
Studies show that people learn better through meaningful experiences that test a range of abilities and skills. Exam papers may only test a very specific skill or ability. Creative projects, activities, and research studies are possibly more effective at teaching skills that individuals can relate to.
Educational institutions and community organisations need to find more fun and meaningful ways to engage with individuals, where they can demonstrate and apply their learning.
Modern advancements and innovations in the educational sector allow for educational experts to develop new and more effective ways of educating future generations.