# What Is The Use Of Examinations?

Updated on March 24, 2016

## Problems Brought About By Competing In Examinations

What Is Competition In Examinations?

Competition always appears when we compare other candidates against others. We also compare institutions according to how their performance was against other institutions. The method such is done is through mean score.

Mean Scores.

Mean score is the average score that was attained by all candidates in any particular subject. It is normally calculated when we add all the marks attained by each the candidate and divided by the number of candidates who attempted that examination. The mean score happens to be the most common gauge that is used in my country. With the mean score you can gauge an institute, county and even a particular zone which did the same exam.

We can use grades to compare candidates and even institutions.

Grades are normally listed as follows A=12 points.

A-= 11 points.

B+ = 10 points.

B = 9 points.

B- = 8 points.

C+ =7 points.

C = 6 points.

C- =5 points

D+ =4 points.

D = 3 points.

D- = 2 points

E =1 point.

The ones who score most of the highest grades are the ones who excelled and then there are those in the middle and failures at the bottom. A problem arises her as the grades are given a range of marks. These ranges may be faulty becomes as one may get a strong A, another one gets a weaker one and so on. Yet all of them have twelve points.

There are very many other methods of evaluation that are used but the problem arises that it all leads to comparing candidates and institutions.

Problems of Comparison Using Examinations.

• The candidates come from different backgrounds. This is a problem as in my country some areas are security risks and learners do not get enough out of education. They keep on evading cattle hustlers and bandits who prowl the area.
• Some candidates have no proper classrooms while others have sophisticated classrooms fitted with computers and other facilities.
• There are areas where there are not enough teachers.
• Comparison in examinations may give a rise to malpractice and cheating in examinations.

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## Values of Examinations

Should We Compare Or Not Compare Performance Of Our Children In Examinations?

What is the purpose of examinations in our institutions?

Examinations may act as a gauge on how much an individual has attained at a certain level of education in our institutions. The learners are examined to find how much they may have acquired at any given level. The examinations may be oral but in most cases as the case may be, the exams are written. The learners are given the time limit in which to complete a certain exercise which normally involves questions, essays and projects to be completed in the time span given. Materials which may guide the learner to manipulate and copy the examination are normally eliminated from the place in which the examinations take place.

Examinations may be used as a measure in which certain individuals are denied access to the next level. We may find that there are limited places in a certain level while there are many candidates aspiring and running for the few chances. In many cases the candidates are subjected to an exam which will eliminate those who are weak and get the right people to go to the next level.

Examinations may be taken to test the I.Q’s of individuals. We understand that there are people who are smart and others who are dumb in certain areas. It will be very hard by just looking at people to know whether they have a high I.Q or not. It is therefore only through an examination that we may tell whether certain people are smart or not.

Examinations can also reveal whether a certain institution is giving the right material or not. As there are so many institutions mushrooming in our societies, I will be hard to know which ones are offering the right material. It is only through examinations that we can be able to tell which ones are offering the best in terms of quality material.

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Meshack Bwoyele Keya

3 years ago from Vihiga County,Western Kenya

Am grateful for your concern and your comment. Actually competitions make many candidates lose focus on what they are examined and seek to excel. Teachers also drill the learners on passing of examinations only

• Dana Tate

3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

Although I don't have any children I do agree with you assessments are necessary in order to continue to learn how to do better. However comparisons and competitions are not necessary.

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Meshack Bwoyele Keya

3 years ago from Vihiga County,Western Kenya

You information is great and I have learn t from it. I think continuous assessment should be used to gauge a child throughout their period in school. Comparisons and competitions should be abolished

• Yoleen Lucas

3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Grading, comparisons and competition are not perfect systems, but they do serve a purpose. Grading rates how well the student learned the material. Comparisons rank how well students learn in varying environments. Competition sorts out the best performers among lots of contestants.

In America, grades are ranked this way; 90% and up is an A (excellent), 80% - 89% is a B (above average), 70% to 79% is a C (average), 60% to 69% is a D (passing), and below 60% is an F (fail).

Regarding comparisons, schools that fall below par for a certain number of years must become public charter schools, which means the school board delivers the lessons and standard tests. Schools that consistently fall below par also get less funding. In some districts, parents can get vouchers to send their children to better schools.

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