Many People Believe That Formal “Pen And Paper” Examinations Are Not The Best Method Of Assessing Educational Achievement. Discuss This View And Give Your Own Opinion.

Many think that the old school pen and paper-based examination systems have become obsolete in the 21st century, and better methods of accessing individual student’s educational standards must be implemented. I agree with
this
view entirely and believe that traditional paper-based exams must be phased out completely.
Firstly
, the pen and paper-based exams typically involve answering questions in short paragraphs, which is
then
read by an examiner;
this
type of examination is not entirely objective as it introduces examiner bias.
For example
, what is considered a perfect answer by one examiner might be considered by another as adequate.
This
introduces minute variations within the marking system; an obvious solution to the problem is utilizing multiple choice-based examinations;
this
way, each candidate's answer can be marked objectively with no chance of bias or subjectivity.
Secondly
, the presentation of short answers plays a vital role in the traditional exams;
for instance
, an individual with neat, legible handwriting will score more than the examinee with messier writing. MCQ's negate all
this
, as it tests everyone's knowledge objectively not just based how good his or her handwriting is.
This
is the main reason why many traditional exams in the world have now shifted to MCQ system.
Additionally
, results of MCQ based examinations can be published much quicker than traditionally based exams, saving up a lot of time for the students. In conclusion, I firmly believe that the old school paper examinations have become outdated and newer, more objective methods of examination like MCQs must be introduced.
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Include an introduction and conclusion

A conclusion is essential for IELTS writing task 2. It is more important than most people realise. You will be penalised for missing a conclusion in your IELTS essay.

The easiest paragraph to write in an essay is the conclusion paragraph. This is because the paragraph mostly contains information that has already been presented in the essay – it is just the repetition of some information written in the introduction paragraph and supporting paragraphs.

The conclusion paragraph only has 3 sentences:

  • Summary
  • Restatement of thesis
  • Prediction or recommendation

Example:

To summarize, a robotic teacher does not have the necessary disciple to properly give instructions to students and actually works to retard the ability of a student to comprehend new lessons. Therefore, it is clear that the idea of running a classroom completely by a machine cannot be supported. After thorough analysis on this subject, it is predicted that the adverse effects of the debate over technology-driven teaching will always be greater than the positive effects, and because of this, classroom teachers will never be substituted for technology.

Start your conclusion with a linking phrase. Here are some examples:

  • In conclusion
  • To conclude
  • To summarize
  • Finally
  • In a nutshell
  • In general

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