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Episode 16

Jamie's taken his exam and is waiting for the results. Adam and Jo talk about the meaning of different exam results in the UK.

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  • Exams or continuous assessment – which do you prefer?
  • Which do you think is better?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


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Hello musician777,

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Hi everyone!

I've been studying in exams system since I become a student till now (almost for 18 years!) and I think it's kind of a bad thing. I perceive students would be more active in a continuous assessment system and this system would inject motivation into the students' society. The main and only system in my country is exams, I guess, but I'm going to rule my own class as a continuous assessment system class, when I make one of my dreams come true and become a teacher.

Thank You


Hello everybody, Actually universities in my country-Jordan- use continuous exams, we call them first, second, and final. Second exam may be an assessment or a paper research.
Teachers may specify special units of the material for finals, others may include all units.
In fact I'd rather continuous exams than only one final, that is continuous exams give students the chance to be connected to the material they study more and more and learn better.

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I really don't know the real difference between exams and the continous assessments. Anybody can explain to me of a more clear form?


Hello brunoRosa,

These are two different ways of determining students' grades in a course. In continuous assessment, students get grades on several or many pieces of work (e.g. small exams, homework, essays, research papers) and then their final grade is determined by all of this work. In the other system, students take one final exam and the grade they get on that exam is the grade they get for the course.

Which system have you studied in?

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