One of the surprises of the cancellation of the 2020 summer examinations was that many final year students seemed to feel cheated. They wanted to take exams and trusted them as fairer than other methods of assessment, such as teacher assessment or an algorithm. This is despite the fact that some students mistrust examinations and their ability to yield grades that are fair.
Before debunking some common misperceptions about examinations, let’s consider what examiners are trying to achieve. They aim to produce examination papers that, collectively:
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