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Should there be exams in graduation year of high school?
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Posted 5/2/08 , edited 5/8/08
I was wondering lately about why there are exams in graduation year?
I know they are important and the exams will decide whether someone graduates or not..but I don't think they r that necessary..

Someone studies for may be 4/5/6 years, having good grades and all of a sudden the exams are coming and becuz of stress, he/she gets a blackout and forgets everything he/she learned..which make that person not graduate>.<
(don't forget he/she was a really good student for all these past years! it's just the exams that made him/her fail)

Aren't good grades enough to decide whether someone is smart, lazy or anything like that?

Well..what do you think? Should there be exams or not and why?
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Posted 5/2/08 , edited 5/2/08


I myself think that you cant judge how smart a person is by their grades.

Exams are just there to see if you are able to work well under stress. So yeah, why not? The world outside isnt gonna be less stressful you know.
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Posted 5/7/08 , edited 5/7/08
Why shouldn't there be exams in graduation year of high school? I don't get it. Colleges look at your grades from all four years to determine which college you get into. Exams are necessary. They are not supposed to try to be nice. Stress is just a part of school.

I mean, once you get to college and see how much tougher it is you think, "Gosh, if I would have tried this hard in high school, I would have gotten straight A's all four years." If anything, I think that they should be stricter on high school kids to prepare them for college. I say we have more exams for the high schoolers. I remember my freshman year of college. A couple weeks into Biology some girl started crying because there was exam after exam after exam. She obviously wasn't well prepared for it and it makes me think that some high schools need to get moving and get their kids some exams.
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Posted 5/7/08 , edited 5/7/08
I don't see why you shouldn't have exams in graduation year of high school. They are there to test your knowledge of the subject at hand, whether or not you've actually learned something from your teachers. If you take away the exams during the final year of high school, chances are that you will really be unprepared for college.

Most of the courses at a university do not have worksheets or some weekly assignment that must be completed and handed in to use as a basis for grades. Large percentages of a person's grade depends on say 4 tests the entire semester, even just 2 (the midterm and the final). Many of the professors do not have time to grade individual assignments, so really all you have are the exams.

These situations that are described in which people cry or black out is due to poor time management. Knowing how to schedule time to study and knowing how to study makes a world of difference when trying to retain knowledge. People need to know their limitations when trying to schedule their lives; whether or not they have time to play around or if they have enough time to participate in extracurricular activities.
Posted 5/7/08
I thought all grade schools based graduation requirements on the progress of the entire year, i.e homework, school work, exams, quizes, projects.. etc. I seriously doubt any school will use a single exam at the end of the school year to determine the whole grade... They only do something evil like that in college...
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Its not as if exams are only present in your last year of high school... they're at the end of every year. By the end of four years or three years or whatever, if you've been getting good grades before then you clearly managed to do well on the exams... so why should exams in your graduating year be any different??
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Posted 5/7/08

Ihaz wrote:

Aren't good grades enough to decide whether someone is smart, lazy or anything like that? Why make students stress out becuz of these exams?


The future isn't about tests an exams... it's about work, and that entails work under stress.

If you can't handle the stress load, then you're just as doomed as someone who failed the exam, regardless of whether or not you have good grades.


But to stick to your topic, I don't see any reason why a "good" student would flunk, having received good grades in the past. If the student DOES in fact fail the final exam, it makes me question the manner in which the student studied his/her lessons. Were they studying for the sake of getting good grades, or was any knowledge in fact entering that brain of theirs? If even a little ounce of stock knowledge was able to develop in those years in High School, then there should be no reason for that student to flunk their exams.

Again, the point goes to show that you're developing a discipline in High School, not a repertoire of report card grades. Grades, indeed, are important to a certain extent, but they mean little if you can't perform under stress in the corporate world.
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Posted 5/8/08

edsamac wrote:

Again, the point goes to show that you're developing a discipline in High School, not a repertoire of report card grades. Grades, indeed, are important to a certain extent, but they mean little if you can't perform under stress in the corporate world.


Gotta agree with ed though..

The thing is, I hate tests..I fail most of them..But I managed to get into stuff like Scholarships and Free Bonus stuff once I graduated high school..So, basically, grades don't matter..They're just..numbers written in a printed card..Your true ability will NEVER be gaugeable..

Sometimes I wonder why people care about their grades..Cry when they get a red mark..Blah..And when it happened to me, I still dozed off in classes.. :D

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Posted 5/8/08
our school provides exams for all graduating students and we can do nothing but bid with their law...
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For This A Fact Is Forever A Fact For Me Well I Prefer Exams It Make You Look Good And If Your Exam Fail...
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If You Win The Race Against Others ( Pass The Exam ) Make Sure You Reach Your Goal Instead Of Just Passing Hahaha
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Posted 5/9/08 , edited 5/9/08
Last year was the only year seniors were exempt from final exams. But the catch was that, in order to be exempt, they had to have kept a B or higher in the class the entire year. They got rid of it because the parents of underclassmen were complaining that their kids still had to take finals. I mean, if they would have kept the final exemptions, their kids would have been exempt in a couple years. But because a lot of the teachers still wish we had the exemptions, they're giving ridiculously easy finals. In two of my classes I did a powerpoint for my finals. In another I'm doing an art critique. I guess I really have nothing to complain about, but still, it would be nice not to have to take finals since I'm passing all my classes with A's. >.>;;
Posted 5/12/08
High school was easy, you could not study and still get a decent grade. i dread exams but I still think that they are essential for school. If you go on to college (if you hate exams, college is not the place for you) most of your grades are based on exams. My human biology class is fifty percent quizzes and fifty percent final exam. If you are a good student and know the material well, you should just do fine. School is not suppose to be easy, I see it as survival of the fittest or natural selection. These exams are just trying to pick out the strongest one of the herd. We are like horses, the weak ones will be grounded up and made into glue and dog food. The strongest ones get to live in a large ranch with spacious fields to run on. Haha. I like my metapor. Fun fun.
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Posted 5/13/08 , edited 5/13/08
LOL using stress as an excuse is a weak reason to fail an exam especially if you have done well if i were a teacher this is what i would think:

1. This person cant handle stress and wont be able to do well while in the work force.
2. There is a possibility that he/she cheated on previous exams.

reasons:
1. if someone cant handle the pressure of something minor like an exam, or at least i think so, then they most likely wont be able to handle stress from work especially when assigned important tasks which can have a major impact on your life (i.e getting fired/promoted).

2. if someone has done relatively well throughout their four years of high school, then i see no reason for that person to fail the final exam because an exam is an exam and they are all the important so the pressure should stay the same. so i would think that someone who's done well on past exam would do the same on the finals so theres definitely be something fishy there. although there could be various reasons such as private affairs that i could know nothing about, i would find it weird and question their past performance in school
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Posted 5/27/08
mmmmmmmmm do u really need to ask s this???
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Posted 5/30/08

Gaara429 wrote:

mmmmmmmmm do u really need to ask s this???


exactly!!! the stress of an exam is what makes them so attractive to universities over coursework. i mean, if your a surgeon say, and you can't cope with the stress, well people's lives are depending on you and so you have to be able to cope with it..
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