Examinations # Essay For IELTS

Children have more and more tests and exams to do at school, sometimes starting from the age of 5 or 6 right to the age of 18. What are the advantages and disadvantages of making children take exams?
Write your answer in at least 250 words.


Examinations are the bug-bear of many students. They turn out to be ghost like creatures for some of the students, which brings out the worst in them. But there are even students who take exams very cool-headedly. Although some may say that exams are the worst part of education system, it must not be ignored that exams can prove to be really beneficial if taken in the right spirit. Like, you cannot blame the gun for murder, you can’t either blame the exams for pressure.

Exams certainly pose some good advantages to a student life. Firstly, if taken in right spirit, exams do help in finding the true skills of an individual. For example-: if a student works hard for the entire year, and gets 90 in math and 60 in English, he/she can easily know that their true skills lie in math and they can take it as their career. Exams even allows children to give their best, they in a certain way surely allow the students to push the envelope. Secondly, exams if taken with healthy competition allow an individual to grow. The fire to be the best can be easily ignited by the exams. Thirdly, exams help in making friends. For example-: students who study together often tend to become better friends than those who play together.

Although when social status is attached to exams, they prove to be quite disadvantageous. Firstly, exams bring in pressure, if taken in wrong way. For example-: if a parent beats a child for coming second in class instead of appreciating him/her, it can create feelings of loneliness and worthless pressure in them. Secondly, exams can even cause feelings of inferiority complex amongst students, if they are judged based on their marks in exams. For example-: if a student getting 50% marks is stereotyped as dumb, it could be quite damaging for that kid.

Overall, it can be said, that the advantages and disadvantages of exams depends on how an individual perceives it. If we want our kids to be fearless of exams, we need to change the way we look at exams.

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