An opinion on student testing

Failed Test

by Zoey Ramirez

School is most definitely stressful. Students go from waking up at 6 or 7 in the morning every day to hours of homework after school. Students are forced to balance on something like a tightrope. School work adds weight to what’s already on their shoulders, as well as homework and trying to fit in, in school. If more and more weight is added then the student will fall.

Tests can be spirit breaking. A test adds hours of studying on top of homework, which adds even more weight. Yet teachers always wonder why their students are tired. Taking a test is nerve racking, even if you know the material well. How is someone supposed to focus completely if they are worried, stressed, and scared? Everyone has strengths and everyone has weaknesses. If a teacher puts a 20 question quiz in front of a student and they do not do well on it, that student could spend days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years believing that they are dumb because they did not do well or failed that test; and teachers don’t do much to help that. They tend to judge their students primarily on their test scores.

If one day a student is having a bad day, what will happen if they have to take a test? Because they are focused on other things, they will most likely do poorly or even fail on the test. If they don’t get the choice of a retake the teacher will assume that the student really doesn’t understand and will most likely lower the grade. How is that fair?

       Like myself, many students find it hard to focus during a test. Studying for a test is nerve racking as well. It’s hard to focus when you are worried about passing the test. Yes, most of the time students do pass the tests given to them, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t stressed, tired, and worried. Teachers need to take into account the situations. Overall, the whole concept of test-taking is just not fair.

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