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.

Elementary Podcasts

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

Task 8


Leave a comment below!

  • 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.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I prefer regular assessment because I get nervous when I have to do a big final exam.

I really prefer number (2) because I heard the video very well so I did it easily .
and also I think number (6) is the best .

From my education experience - I'm doing my PhD now - I prefer continuous assessment system. I guess it is better to check your comprehension and knowledge of the subjects you are studying continuously than studying hard for a final exam and find out you haven't understood the subjects really well or haven't understood at all. Another point is that continuous assessment gives us the opportunity to do practical works which can put us in real situations where we can assess weather those information we have absorbed are correct or not by employing them practical cases. Thus, it helps us to fix better the subjects we've learned by studying and experiencing them continuously than recording all information and using them only at once in an exam.
Thank you for this lesson.

I couldn't answer Task 3 and so on. Becuase I couldn't listen that topics. Please let me know, how to listen that topics? and where can I find?.


Hello Ashok,

Although not all of the questions come directly from what is said during the podcast, in general, the vocabulary and knowledge that are in the tasks should mostly be found in the episode. You could check the transcript and if it's not there, you should use the dictionary (for example, you'll find 'take exam' is correct and not 'make exam' if you look up 'exam' in the dictionary) or just answer as best you can. You can learn a lot from your mistakes, as well.

Note that you can see the correct answers by pressing the Finish button, which then becomes the Check Answers button.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone, I am new here.

I rather continuous assessmeent than just one final exam, I believe it allows the student to fix the subject during the years of graduation.

I don't exactly understand continues assessment, because I never make continues assessment and graduated my university many years ago. I think, it give to opportunity for students failed their exam improve their mark. Is my understand right? If it's right, I prefer both.

Hello saagii,

That's not really the way it works. Continuous assessment means that instead of taking one big exam at the end of a course, the student is given marks throughout the course and these together determine the student's result. It's like having many small exams all the way through instead of one big exam at the end.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much Peter.

Best wishes


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