Seven arguments against exams

“Relatively few of the perceived academic benefits of high-stakes examinations have a strong evidence base,” according to a new paper from staff at the University of Melbourne.

Given that the cheating potential of AI technologies has driven some institutions back to traditional exams, their effectiveness as an assessment tool needed to be analysed, according to Raoul A. Mulder, Sarah French and Ashton Dickerson.

The trio scoped out existing research into exams, finding there were seven key reasons that people advocated for exams and while they were valid in some circumstances, “the pronounced lack of empirical evidence for the pedagogical benefits of high-stakes examinations suggests that they are employed primarily for reasons related to cost, efficiency, practicality, scalability, and administrative convenience.”

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