Why Examination Is Not The True Test Of One's Knowledge

It as been argued by so many school of thought questioning if examination is the true test of one's knowledge. 

The truth of the matter is that we are all gifted rationally and unevenly. Some student has been so good in reading and writing. While some are just practically Owkay in calculation subjects/courses.

Furthere more, it is very possible to read and understand but still not able to put it down as it is been read when it comes to examination.

Many are good in recitation and explaining but not good in Puting down. Our NIGERIA educational system as made it a one that u will have to be very good in writting down in other to pass any examination.

Would the passing of school examination ever be the test of one's knowledge?? 

Lets tackle this...

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  • It can never be the true test of knowledge. Because the examiner does not and cannot know entirely what the student taking the exam knows about the subject. The examiner only sets what he/she thinks the student is supposed to know disregarding the learning conditions the student is subject to and thus can never be the true test of knowledge. 

    - Bright Fred - 2019-09-25 11:43:37 Quote

  • Examination isn't the true test on ones knowledge. Some students start reading some weeks before exam and still get higher grades than one who has been reading from the beginning of the semester and if u ask some students what they write in the exam most wont remember and still end up passing. 

    - Adam Abdullahi - 2019-09-25 11:55:20 Quote

  • I don't really agree with the thought of people that examination is the test of knowledge because I'm also a student and I know how it feels when people start doubting your intelligence because of the performance of an examination. This situation has become so rampant in Nigeria to extent that once you fail an examination everybody starts taking you as an olodo which is not supposed to be. 

    - Oke Olamilekan - 2019-09-25 11:58:14 Quote

  • Saying that examination is the true test of knowledge is totally out of the question because in some case, you will be given a question that u know u can answer correctly in an examination hall without giving you enough time to even attempt half of the question. At the end of the day you will be regarded as a nutty person for not getting as expected. Examination can not be used to estimate someone's intellectual capabilities in all cases. 

    - UGWU KENNETH NNAEMEKA - 2019-09-25 12:29:24 Quote

  • Examination is never the true test of knowledge. And that is the problem of education in Nigeria. Most of our teachers, our lecturers, they teach us to pass the exam but never impart unto us the knowledge. The student also read to pass, not for the knowledge. That is why few weeks after exam, ask many of the students question from that same exam paper, you will be surprised.

    - Seun Afuye - 2019-09-25 13:01:10 Quote

  • It cannot and can never be the test of one's true knowledge because I know so many of us passes our exams but not intelligent especially the waec exam where almost every one makes it  with malpractice so examination isn't the true text ,is practically that's when we will actually know the true knowledge of people

    - Sandra Chialuka - 2019-09-25 15:18:40 Quote

  • Examination never truly determines the ability or level of understanding of a learner as it only feeds the examiner with what he/she thinks you should know or have known. That's the major reason why students cheat because examination has been made the ultimate test of knowledge especially in Nigeria.

    - Ndukwe Ikechukwu - 2019-09-25 16:06:26 Quote

  • Well I believe that examination is not the true test of ones knowledge because many people have their own weaknesses while some people work best under pressure some don't some people might also not be able to put down what they really know and with that they fail whereas they know the answers. I personally believe more in practicals than examinations

    - oluwagalola Soyoye - 2019-09-25 16:42:52 Quote

  • Definitely examination tests can't be used to evaluate one's knowledge ,most people are in tertiary institutions today by just passing the entrance examination by luck but are not knowledgeable while those that have the brain and sure of their might fail the entrance exam but they have the potential of Doing well

    - Taiwo Itunuoluwa - 2019-09-25 18:19:54 Quote

  • Examination is the best way of determining proper understanding of a subject matter and can be undertaken in different ways. It can be oral, written, practical demonstration or visual observation. Problems arise when we focus mostly on only one form of testing knowledge. Therefore, teachers/examiners need to take note and endeavour to encourage creative thinking among students and not just memorization of facts. This I believe will lead to wholesome mastery of the subject.

    - Chinelo Amaka - 2019-09-25 19:30:13 Quote

  • To me, examination is not the true test of knowledge. Many things happen during examination, some student comes in with microchips and the likes,if at the end of everything the student score higher in the exam,someone will conclude that he/she is brilliant meanwhile reverse is the case.we can also look at it this way that everyone has his/her potentials. Some students are good in written meanwhile the exam might be CBT or orally. Some are good in cramming but after examination that they have pour everything down,they won't remember anything again. So examination is not the true test of knowledge.

    - Fadokun Philip - 2019-09-25 20:07:41 Quote

  • It's never a true test of one's knowledge ..  Because Nigeria has become something else based on Education... Now you hear the slang "school na scam" And it's because we don't really rely on Education so much and we believe even if you do not read for your exam , You would still pass and this is caused by the lecturers and teachers of our higher institute.. 

    - Adaramola Michael - 2019-09-25 20:30:48 Quote

  • Examination is not and will never be the true test of knowledge. This is because they are only asking for what you've been taught,like copying and pasting. There's no creative thinking or thinking outside the box. Every student is different,gifted,talented in their own  way and expresses knowledge differently so its wrong to use a particular method to evaluate such students.  

    - Shalom Michael - 2019-09-25 20:42:02 Quote

  • Examination cannot be considered as the true test of knowledge in schools these days because of the teachers/lecturers. A student could be well versed and have full knowledge about a certain topic or course but when given a question in the examination and they’ve given a correct answer; some cases they end up not getting enough marks or failing. When they inquire why, you’d find out it’s either they didn’t answer it the way the lecturer wanted to or probably because they didn’t quote their own notes word by word. 

    Different lecturers in school have their own ways they want their questions to be answered, which has nothing to do with the actual knowledge of the course/topic. 

    - Omosivwe Jonathan - 2019-09-25 20:51:17 Quote

  • Truly, examination is not the true test of knowledge. it is not possible for the trechars to ask all the questions in the note and sometimes the one you know will not be asked. that one that yiu know is still considerd knowledge and so, undoubtedly,examination is not the true yest of knowledge.  

    - silver chinedu - 2019-09-25 21:06:13 Quote

  • Is not truly the test of knowledge, because someone might know it but for the cause of his or her emotions that particular day of the exam, he or she might not be able to write down something. So it does not mean that the person don't know it.

    - Gloria Bocco - 2019-09-25 21:21:55 Quote

  • Which is very wrong, you can't just put down, same way you saw it on paper. 

    Writing it very well, shows, you really understood what was being taught very much 

    - Richard Ngirigwa - 2019-09-25 21:38:33 Quote

  • Well, examinations are never the true test of knowledge. It is only a function of what you can put down within the hours of the examinations. I think we need to let people know that there is a space for them in this world despite how they fared in their exams

    - Victor Oladele - 2019-09-25 21:47:52 Quote

  • Examination is a true test of knowledge but not the only true test of knowledge. They are other ways one can be tested to be able to calculate the knowledge.

    These are the few ones i know;

    Moral; Attitude of the person. Can he or she represent this school well out side.

    Understanding Method; How the individual understand things.

    Creativity; How creative the individual is. and many more.

    - CHRISTIAN IFEANYICHUKWU - 2019-09-25 21:56:35 Quote

  • Examination is not the true test of knowledge, for instance if you were given an exam and you fail,that doesn't mean you didn't understand what have in your head or what you read or that you are not knowledgeable, the marking guide might be cause of failing an exam sometimes 

    - Saka Adefemi - 2019-09-26 02:43:04 Quote

  • The fact remain truth because examination is not the true test of knowledge, it's everywhere .for instances where students forget what they are thought after exams or session break only because they were reading to pass the exams.

    - Adebayo Praise - 2019-09-26 03:16:25 Quote

  • A big NO! Examination isn't the true test of knowledge rather its the test of recalling abilities.. These days the struggle is just to recall what you've previously crammed.People read to pass and not to understand hence once they've penned it down the information leaves their head.Because they didn't know it rather they crammed it for the few hours of an examination hall.

    - Prince Madu - 2019-09-26 06:27:30 Quote

  • Those responsible for Nigerian educations evaluation and assessment are too good. They only focus on writing assessment to evaluate student. This is not good although. This is reason why they always say certain students are poor or not grasp what they ve been taught. Whereas the case is not real as that. 

    - OWOLABI Ayodeji - 2019-09-26 06:43:23 Quote

  • I think exams should have two parts ( writing and oral)....... This is because some persons are rather better in talking than writing.

    I had a friend while in school who mostly fail exams not because she don't know what to write but because she can't write fast and she can't think of how to compose and write what is in her head fast........ She ends up not writing much within the stipulated time given.

    - Mary Ogbinya - 2019-09-26 07:16:56 Quote

  • I dont think so. You see, when you ask a stident that just wrote an exam like a week ago what he/she wrote, 60% wont remember because the school system is now in a way of read only to pass. Some students can cram a whole book, go to the exam , pour it out, get an A and still not know any thing. While those that  really know it will get like an average. 

    - Akinleye Iteoluwakisi - 2019-09-26 07:33:19 Quote

  • Examination and school generally is a test of memory and not a test of knowledge 

    Great intelligent people of the world are known to drip out of school or not to go to school at all because they figured school is a test of memeory and not of knowledge.

    - Guy Smart - 2019-09-26 16:24:23 Quote

  • Passing exam does not  make  u knowledgeable,because many student read to pass exam and after that exam they forget what they have been taught,and many teachers during examination ask d students to answer d questions as they are written in they note  not how they understand it and this make many student cram and not read to understand and know

    - Nnaji Gift - 2019-09-26 20:33:05 Quote

  • School is a place to acquire knowledge but school is not the only means of knowledge, even life itself is a school of hard knock where you learn and acquire the right characteristic of leading a better life.

    Examination Is a test to one's intelligence but not the absolute test, I believe intelligence surpasses the ability to read, comprehend and divulge whatever material you read. Intelligence should be tested in an individual when u are your only source of knowledge against hard or trying times. Never compare brilliance with intelligence But our opinions differ, just saying though 


    - Yinka Oguntola - 2019-09-26 21:34:33 Quote

  • I remembered back then when I read to pass exams but after then,I've forgotten everything.

    Some students are good in oral,writing,calculations etc. Our educational system hasn't created this platform were they should help out students who are good in different categories improve.

    There's this Nigerian adage that says"no be who go school sabi wetin dey sup"

    Going to school doesn't make you knowledgeable.

    - Jude Aguoru - 2019-09-26 22:16:31 Quote

  • Examination can never be a true test of knowledge because people has different ways of explaining things Some can recite,some can practicalise and others can read so examination is not a true test of knowledge imagine a student who just lot the parents been asked to write an exam such person can't concentrate

    - Ekerete John - 2019-09-27 02:27:53 Quote

  • The issue is that in some schools there is no enough learning techniques and the teachers are not well educated in such schools you don't expect the students to be that good because of poor education

    - Mgbada chigozie - 2019-09-27 04:56:22 Quote

  • I totally agree with You that examination is not a True test of knowledge. I have seen people do well in examinations but are not good in reality, they force themselves to cram and pass rather than to understand the content of the lecture notes. So to me also, examination is not a True test of knowledge 

    - Trisma Ezekiel Yaki - 2019-09-27 06:07:48 Quote

  • I don't agree totally with examination being the test of life. They are different things entirely .  You may be good at speaking or even writing. Meanwhile examination is only writing.. test of life comes with reward.

    - Damola Adekunle - 2019-09-27 11:22:22 Quote

  • I can't say for other countries but, in Nigeria, examinations are not the true test of one's knowledge. Students are expected to put answers down word for word without their own proper understanding of the subject. Examinations are based on theories and theories of theories taught in class with little, poor or no practical aspects to them. Others that fall in low scores are now seen as failures. Such is the case of Nigerian army, I bet they are still regretting by now for rejecting the so called 3rd class graduate, a genius that made a drone.

    - Abdulafiz Musa - 2019-09-28 06:47:46 Quote

  • No... examination is not the true test of one's knowledge, am a living example, everything I wrote in the exam last semester I couldn't remember anything, even most of what I was thought and the result is out now and I passed. After school I will definitely work in a good organization not with what I was thought in school but with my personal ability

    - Ayodele Blessing - 2019-09-28 18:39:17 Quote

  • Take for instance you lost your mother on your day of examination or you are ill. If any of these two things happens to a person, there is no how that the person's mind will concentrate in an examination hall. So if anyone writes an examination on this condition and fail, does it mean that the person doesn't know anything? With this you can depict that examination is not a true test of knowledge.

    - Etini Mbosco - 2019-09-28 22:20:12 Quote

  • Examination is just too crude to use in determining one's knowledge or intelligence. Examination failure does not totally mean a child is a dullard because even the intelligent people fail examination when they are not prepared. Most people are intelligent, they read,understand but in the exam hall,they forget everything. So someone like that can't be said to be a dullard because he failed.

    - Emmanuel Agbasielo - 2019-09-28 22:40:02 Quote

  • Examination is not a true test of knowledge because human vary and are blessed with different gifts to function so if the educational system has stream lined it qualification as writing down then it will not be favorable to those with speaking, 

    I believe strongly that we have some persons that's speaks and will do excellently well in any field that requires it. 

    - Mercy Nwaimo - 2019-09-29 10:39:20 Quote

  • Absolute No,

    we have some students that they don't go to class, they don't read ahead exam,but when exams comes they can cram 50pages of paper work.

    some cheat to have higher mark. Which other way round dey can't defend what they have gotten as a grade.

    examination can't be the best way to measure academy performance.

    - Ozidiah Isaac - 2019-09-29 13:42:03 Quote

  • Yes I agree with that school of thought that examination is not a true test of knowledge in the sense that evrevery one is been gifted in one way or the other so you can just test someones interlect with just exam and just conclude in his or her potential

    - kachi Simon - 2019-09-29 16:10:29 Quote

  • Passing Examination is not a true test of knowledge because everyone has a peculiar gift and we are made up of different abilities.if some one can not pass an exam that does not mean that he/she is a failure. Bill Gates and Mark zubrarag of Facebook are school drop out but are successful in their respective field of endeavors.

    - IFEANYI NWOKEDI - 2019-09-30 05:46:47 Quote

  • Research has already proven time and time again that examination in it current form is not a test of knowledge.

    What examination does is test wether a student has read the materials sold or given to them. And again, recycling of same questions from time to time can never drive a student to seek to acquire knowledge but they will instead seek answers to those past questions.

    - Adjekofori Faith - 2019-09-30 18:15:07 Quote

  • Indeed I concur that exam is not the true test of one's knowledge. An examiner sets a test according to his own knowledge and this will make the exam writer answer the questions according to the mind of the examiner.

    Another reason is many people would rather answer the question as they understand while some examiners want you to give them back what they gave you, almost like cramming and pouring...

    - Ogheneruro Onayemi - 2019-09-30 19:30:34 Quote

  • Unfortunately there is no alternate means of testing knowledge. I know some other procedures are being developed to test other aspect such as how we respond to situations and how we take risk, how we prioritize and so on but almost these can be cheated by proper system studying. So if that's the only way to get to the next level then we have to face exams no matter what the form they might have been prepared.

    - Oluwaseyi Oyedokun - 2019-09-30 22:12:27 Quote

  • I'm actually happy that they brought this up. Its very annoying the way Nigeria's feel that those who pass exams are the smart ones but its very wrong because most people are actually smart when it comes to practical but when it comes to writting it down its hard for them. We all have our ways in education but one thing is certain, if you can defend your knowledge in the society for me your smart anywhere in life.

    - Jesse Pianwi - 2019-10-01 19:16:16 Quote

  • Depends on how and what the exam is, but in this region it is mostly a test for memory.

    But some certain types of exams require undestanding e.g. mathematics exams laregly require how well u understand the topic under discussion to be able to solve a problem

    - Prosper Ebubechukwu - 2019-10-01 20:42:17 Quote

  • I belive examination is not the true test of knowledge it is only a test of smartness

    A lot of students fail not because they don't know what they are doing in their learning institutions and a lot of students also pass even when they don't know what they are doing, most times they are just lucky or maybe we say they are sometimes smarter

    - Yunus Salim Ayotomiwa - 2019-10-02 16:40:58 Quote

  • My own answer is cos some student are good in theoretical aspects cos they cram easily.while the ones that are good in practical aspect are believed to not be good

    - Oluwaseyi Ajeniyi - 2019-10-02 21:27:23 Quote

  • An examination cannot be the true test of knowledge. However on a particular topic level of informativeness can be standardized. That is for example if I were to teach a group of kids something I'd ask them questions that will not encompass everything I've taught them but shows me an estimate of how much they have learnt. It cannot be the true form however, because of luck. You might be lucky and get asked the only questions you know about the topic but you could also have been unlucky and not been given the question. So it was a chance

    - Joshua David - 2019-10-03 01:27:03 Quote

  • Theres no way passing an examination will be the test of a students knowledge. The child might be lucky to have copied,maybe golf with guessing if the questions were optional. The student might even be bad in some other subjects.

    - Durotimi Oluwatoba - 2019-10-03 03:01:18 Quote

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