IMPORTANCE OF MOCK EXAMINATION
An examination is a formal test that you take to show your knowledge or ability in a particular subject, or to obtain a qualification.
An examination (exam) is a test. Many things may be examined, but the word is most often used for an assessment of a person. It measures a test-taker’s knowledge, skill, aptitude, physical fitness, or ability or standing in some other topic. It is a set of questions designed to measure those things. Examinations change and evolve. They have been used since ancient times.
In education an examination is a test to show the knowledge and ability of a student. A student who takes an examination is a candidate. The person who decides how well the student has performed is the examiner. An examination may be a written test, an on-screen test or a practical test.
Examples of a practical test may be: driving a car, speaking a language, playing a musical instrument and doing a scientific experiment. An on-screen test is a test which uses the computer.
A student who passes an examination may get a certificate or diploma. Some certificates are professional qualifications, allowing the person to do a particular job, e.g. plumber, teacher, doctor, lawyer.
General Exam Questions: Types and Characteristics
1. Multiple choice
Multiple choice questions are composed of one question (stem) with multiple possible answers (choices), including the correct answer and several incorrect answers (distractors).
Typically, students select the correct answer by circling the associated number or letter, or filling in the associated circle on the machine-readable response sheet.
True/false questions are only composed of a statement. Students respond to the questions by indicating whether the statement is true or false. For example: True/false questions have only two possible answers (Answer: True).
Students respond to matching questions by pairing each of a set of stems (e.g., definitions) with one of the choices provided on the exam.
These questions are often used to assess recognition and recall and so are most often used in courses where acquisition of detailed knowledge is an important goal.
They are generally quick and easy to create and mark, but students require more time to respond to these questions than a similar number of multiple choice or true/false items.
4. Short answer
Short answer questions are typically composed of a brief prompt that demands a written answer that varies in length from one or two words to a few sentences. They are most often used to test basic knowledge of key facts and terms.
Essay questions provide a complex prompt that requires written responses, which can vary in length from a couple of paragraphs to many pages. Like short answer questions, they provide students with an opportunity to explain their understanding and demonstrate creativity, but make it hard for students to arrive at an acceptable answer by bluffing.
IMPORTANCE OF MOCK EXAMINATION
An examination where the marks do or do not count, which serves chiefly as practice for future exams or exists so that the teachers are able to set a grade before the end of term.
Many students experience mock exams as an unfairness; if they have to do the real exams, it seems unreasonable that they should have to do a fake practice version as well.
But mock exams are in fact extremely valuable for students at all ability levels – here’s why…
1. They Can Be An Early Warning
Overconfident students can experience their mock exams as a wake-up call, if it turns out they’re performing at a level below that which they were expecting. Finding this out at the time of the mocks gives plenty of time for students to work harder and improve their grades in time for the real thing.
2. They Hone Exam Technique
Schools typically try to make mock exams as realistic as possible. This helps students practise their exam technique, including structuring their time appropriately and managing their nerves. It also helps with remembering the smaller things that trip students up, such as adhering to school dress codes and bringing the right pens and other equipment. A student whose pen runs out of ink in the mocks won’t make the same mistake in their final exam.
3. They Provide Predicted Grades
In the UK, university offers are made on the basis of grades predicted by teachers, then only confirmed on the basis of final grades. Mocks at A-level are important for teachers to assess which grade they should be predicting. Similarly, mocks can be taken into account if your child is moving school after their GCSEs.
4. They Help Students Identify Weaknesses
Students don’t always have the same strengths and weaknesses in the classroom or in revision as they do in an exam setting. Mocks help students to spot areas where they might struggle under time pressure, so these weaknesses can be addressed.
5. They Teach Students Which Revision Techniques Work For Them
We all revise differently. Some students do well by covering their walls with post-it notes; others work with flashcards; others do repeated practice tests. The mocks allow students to discover whether their revision techniques have worked on a dry run, so they can be adjusted when it comes to the real thing, if need be.
6. They Build Confidence
Many of the other points on this list relate to students who are struggling in some way, but mocks are also beneficial to students who are doing well: they gain valuable confirmation that their approach to their studies is working. They can get the grades for their mocks knowing they only need to stay the course in order to succeed.