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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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


Hello Peter,

Thanks for your help. It is the first time I got the word of 'continuous assessment' for we do not have such assessment system in my country,China. Is it popular to assess the students in the UK university?

Hello gamabaojun,

It's been a long time since I was a university student, but my sense is that it's becoming more and more popular. By the way, if you'd like more information about what it's like to be a university student in the UK, you might want to browse EducationUK.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir
both of them so if you study, you will pass.

good night

Hi, I would like to thank you for your nice site,i wish to find someone to talk with.
thank you very much.

Thank you British council
It's really exciting
Hhhhh finally Carolina succumbed for Jamie's dreams
about the question .in my university in Sudan there is only one exam at the end of every year , it's really hard .


apart from having visited sherlock holmes museum in london, i have read 'and then there were none', which is a mystery from agatha christie.

my foundation studies at the open university which i began after six form college called gymnasium is vital for me, presently, while i am doing cambridge cae to incorporate into it.

I feel like making some complaints. I think series three and series four are a little bit boring and less intersting compared to series1 and series two.Next,please don't read listeners' comments in the podcasts,not any more. Everytime during the first 3 minutes of each epsode, i will skip it and listen to what I am intersted.AS for the length of one podcast,it had better last for 25 or 30 minuters because we need special time to focus on English listenning AND studying.There is one for Adam.could you speak english in your normal speed? I often lose my patients and got unhappy cuz you speak slowly.

Hello Redsneakers,

Sorry to hear you haven't been enjoying the recent series. We've had a lot of positive feedback, but we know not everyone likes the change in format. Since you want something longer and with faster speech, it sounds like you might be looking for a higher level of material. Have you tried some of the other series around the site?

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team