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Discussing the topic: For and against classroom tests
 
 
FOR
AGAINST
They show the teacher, the pupil and the parents what the student knows Many students become nervous before a test and can't show what they can really do.
They help you to remember what is taught in the lessons because you have to learn the material of the previous weeks After you have done a test you forget what you have learnt. It would be better to have one exam at the end of the year.
Testing is necessary in all school systems. The marks given in a test are objective. Testing is not really necessary in all school systems. Tests only cause stress.
Without tests people wouldn't work in schools. Tests make students interested in getting good marks. The students are only interested in getting good marks. It is like scoring goals in a football match. The students do not think: "Am I really learning anything?",

but "How many points have I got."

It is important to know which students are better than other students, and tests show us this. Those students who get

better marks at school ought to get better jobs or places at universities

It is not important to know which student is better than another. What is important is that people do their best. Nobody can be good at all subjects. Telling students that they have a 6 only discourages them.

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