Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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What Young People Think,
Students Doubt Final Exam's
By Nancy Gilbert Gilbert Youth Sen ice
The majority of today s young people report that they have final exams in school, hut add that they feel these exams are unnecessary, according to a recent survey.
Three fourths of those polled said they have final exams and almost all of these college and high school students said that their grades depend on how well they do on these exams
About a fourth of those whose grades depended on finals felt that this form of grading was good, while nearly twice that number felt it was not
Most of those whose grades did not depend on finals felt, nevertheless, that this was a fair grading system
Of those surveyed, 47 percent thought that exams
were important to show what they’ve learned; 45 percent said they were not, and the rest gave no opinion
The students offered varied reasons as to why they believed exams were important or unimportant in (‘valuating what they have learned.
"It is the only way to be able to ascertain who has learned what and how well,” says Bruce Dawson. 22, of Springfield, Mo.
"I feel exams are important to show that you have learned, but they should not be used in the traditional way to determine grades.” says Ines Daniels, 18. of Belleville. N.J.
"Fxams only show what a student has or hasn’t memorized, not how well he or she can apply the knowledge they have.” says Bdle Bernard. 19, of Santa Ana, (alif.
“It is ridiculous to try and get a whole Semester of work in one test; few can remember all there is to remember.” says Keith Loehr, 20, of Dalton, Mass.
‘‘Exams only serve to show what a student has memorized, not particularly what he’s learned or to what benefit the course has
been.” said Edward Hardly. 20. of Santa Ana, Calif.
Several students went on lo explain how they prepared for these exams.
"I study for about three days, going over and over my notes,” says Angel Johnson. IO. of Metairie.
I stay up all night before an exam to study,” says
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‘‘Usually I study with friends for about one or two nights before a big exam,” says Karen Zynn, 15. of Mayfield Heights. Ohio.
“I cram. Who doesn't?” says William Buekstine, 21, of Seneca Falls, N Y “I will usually stay up for
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Forty percent of the students said they felt ungraded (pass-fail) classes will be the rule in the future, fill percent did not and IO percent gave no answer
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