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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Hi. It's my first comment. i'm 59 years old and I'm not student . But I remenber when I was student, I prefered continuous assessments because it forces me to work more regularly and I felt readier for the final exam.
Thanks Marie

I think continuous assessment is better than big final exam because it can reduce stress and we do not have cram for it.

Thank a lot .

I prefer continuous assessments because they permit to recuperate quickly my mistakes. Having a long term exam doesn't help. I am 65 years old and I do not have a strong memory, I forget easily the new achievements. A continuous assessment would come in handy to have a continuous language revision.


Hi everyone, what's the difference between "hand in" and "deliver"?



Hi cenzino.scaringi,

'Hand in' refers to giving something to someone in person. It is typically used with papers, especially schoolwork. 'Deliver' is a more general word and can mean anything from a package being sent through the post to a pizza being brought to your door.


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Good afternoon.
When I think about my exams, I just remembered all that stress in that period but in the same time it was an interesting period in my life because until an exam I used to go crazy and stay all night to learn even when I had a continuous assessment sistem.
I had a period in school when one of our teachers used to give us an exam every week sometimes even twice a week.
At the beginning it was stressful because most of the mark it was just a bit more than 5, but perhaps this sistem made us, to be more focused at the lecture while the teacher teach us.
After two months we, look forward one exam every week , because now we become really good in that. And this helped us to easily passed the exam.I think the both ways of exams are good to the students, I my years of school I had the first way in a period and the second way in another period. But I enjoyed continuous assessment more than usual exams. I think when the studens are assessed periodic then they become more confident in themselves.
And they will take an exam as a simple test, without all that stress and thoughts about the idea,,What I'm supposed to do''

i also think that continuous assesment is better because it requests discipline and forces to apply yourself constantly, which produced better results

it went well until i lost some marks on task8 on spelling mistakes

I think that a continuous assessment is better than a big final exam...small exams prevent you from doing a huge effort and give you the chance to be more relaxed and reach a better outcome.