Exams: A metaphor of Real Life?

Title: Exams: A metaphor of Real Life?

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Audience: V-BOS


I began the scholastic year feeling that perhaps I would be facing a challenge which my ability and intellect will constantly be tested. However, this was not the case…much more was ahead for me.

It was a year of exams, which meant on average a 15-hour day, which involved approximately 8 hours of study if I was lucky.

The weekends meant homework and work and this turned out to be the normal working requirement for a student who wished to succeed VCE. On top of all of this exams were coming up, which meant more studying and then finally cramming.

Normally one would think that a student who has an average ability and does such a lot of work should be able to succeed. However this is not necessarily the case.

The student is bombarded with warnings by parents that if they fail this exam they have no future and need to slow down and concentrate on school. So carrying this on board the student enters the examination room so nervous that he/she can barely think.

The first examination is English, the most important. A student who is generally very good at this subject may fail as a result of nervous tension. Sure it only counts for a certain percentage of the overall mark but that is irrelevant when he/she do not get into a preferred course as a result of a low English mark.

Should this student be allowed to pass and pursue a career of their choice? A couple of hours can make a complete difference in a student’s future. Is this right? Of course not.

The whole career of a candidate turns on what he/she does on a certain day, in a certain matter of hours.

Has this student been so professionally trained that they can pour out their knowledge quickly, or is he/she the more thoughtful kind who requires longer time to reach a useful conclusion?

In my opinion the VCE results show nothing but the opinions of various examiners.