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  • Exam testing is the most frequently used means of evaluating student ability and performance.Exams can cause many of us to be frustrated, irritable, anxious, or even blank out during exam time
  • In these cases, the final exam didn't accurately measure the level of knowledge the students possessed at the time it was written.
  • ROTE MEMORIZATIONrepetition from memory, often without meaning, rote memorization is not only inefficient but it discourages learners from actively thinking
  • It tells us what students have truly learned, gives both lecturer and student feedback to improve learning
  • Students who actively work with material being taught are able to learn and recall when necessary
  • A portfolio provides a view of a student's progress for an entire course length rather than attempting to summarize all curriculum components into one final examination, worksheet or project. Journals    Students will write regularly in a journal about anything relevant to their life, school or thoughts. Their writing will be in the target language. The teacher will collect the journals periodically and provide feedback to the students. This can serve as a communication log between the teacher and students.Reports written such as recommendation reportOral Presentation The students will need to do research in groups about a given topic. After they have completed their research, the students will prepare an oral presentation to present to the class explaining their research. The main component of this project will be the oral production of the target language.Portfolios    Portfolios allow students to compile their work over a period of time. The students will have a checklist and rubric along with the assignment description. The students will assemble their best work, including their drafts so that the teacher can assess the process
  • Learning how to think independently and creatively is probably one of the most valuable tools the educational institution can transmit. Advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, this is why in my opinion PBA is the best alternative and should be implemented as the preferred choice for assessing students abilities and understanding. I believe its time to say good bye to final exams.


  • 1.  There are students who do well during classroom assignments but get nervous when writing final exams, causing their minds to go blank. Some other students don’t attend class regularly and can receive passing grades as easily as the others. In cases such as this, it is obvious that they have crammed. This does not truly measure their level of knowledge.
  • 2. As stated by Linda Suskie –good assessments, educateand improve studentperformance, not justexamine it.Linda Suskie, holder of B.A. in QuantitativeStudies and M.A. EducationalMeasurement and Statistics
  • 3.  Class Debates Short Written Exercises  Journals  Real-life Problems  Reports  Group Work  Oral Presentations  Portfolios
  • 4.  More practical  Time consuming application of skills  Difficult to score fairly More valid  Lecturers may differ Room for creativity greatly in their Effective for higher evaluations level thinking &  Do not effectively authentic learning demonstrate lower Simulate the real lever thinking, such as world recall of knowledge Integrate different  May threaten students skills such as who limit their reading, writing, learning to cramming speaking and or doing it at the last listening minute
  • 5. According to Dr.William Klemm,professor ofNeuroscience, theultimate goal ofeducation shouldbe to teach peoplehow to think andsolve problems.