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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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Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello krig,

Thanks again for all your helpful feedback! We'll get this fixed as soon as we can.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. Very glad To be back. I wish you all the best particularly jamie,houpe he'll get the right degree to get the job. Actually i'm a bit confuse about the two choices.the probleme's that i don't know what is the diffrence betwin the Exams and the cotinuous assessement ? I wish to get the answer from the learn English team or in the next episode. the rules of the univercity wich i went to were those :it took four years before your studies finish, in every subject we had to take three evaluations. At the univercity ending we were divided into many groups. And any group had a theme to expose on for the finale note. After all of that, all our notes frome the First to fourth year were combinened for the univercity ending degree.and i really injoyed those systems. That's all from me to day thanks.

Hello british learner,

An exam is a formal assessment, usually but not always written. It usually comes at the end of a course of study to see how much the person has learned.

Continuous assessment means that the learner is monitored right through and their progress monitored. No exam is necessary because of this monitoring.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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.