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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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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.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much Peter.

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Hello! Adam and Jo. How are you today? Are you happy I Hope so. Well , I did my work on daily routine and at the end of year I am free of any tension because during exam I just revise and I took my exam.Thanks. Bye for now.

I'm from Syria that we have just one study system is exams in the end of the year so that is mean l can't prefer and thanks for all your podcasts

Here in Egypt, most of the public schools use the system of the exam. In the other hand, most of the private schools use the continues assessment and the exam. For me, I prefer the continues assessment because I don't feel confused by that system,. In the same time I see that the exam is very important to known how much your progress is.

I'd like to know if the photos in the podcasts are Ravi and Tess? I love this site because to help me very much my learning. Happy New Year to all who are responsible for operating the site. I love it! God bless!

Hello MeireSilva,

Yes, the photos are of Tess and Ravi (who are together in the photo) and of Carolina (who is alone). We're very glad to hear you find the site useful, and wish you a Happy New Year as well!

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I like both of them, in my university they mixed both. We have about 60 ~ 80% out of the whole degree in exames and 20 ~ 40% in continuous assessment for each subject.