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Examinations – good or bad? Examinations are good.

They are a means to evaluate the performance and assess the academic achievements of students. They aim at testing the student’s grasp and understanding of the subjects taught to them. Obviously examinations have come to play an important part in one’s educational career. In fact most students are afraid of examinations. No examinations may lead students to nowhere. Studies will no more be an orchard of knowledge. The ability to pass an examination is indeed a valuable quality. It shows that the student is able to express his thoughts and ideas in a manner others can understand. It also shows that the student has acquired a certain amount of knowledge in some branches of study. Besides, the mind of a student, even if he is dull, receives good exercise when he prepares for an examination. A student’s success in an examination therefore helps employers and others to assess his mental or general ability. One may doubt about the existence of educational institutions, especially colleges, if there are no examinations. Some may disappear. Others would remain but known only for fun and frolic. College unions would be more important than the classes. The classes may run. But the teachers will have to arrange programs in the classes to attract the students. As such students will only go for selective studies done through selective books, guides and notes. Even the strenuous two months before the examinations will be left for relaxation. Examinations pave the route to students to portray their excellence in studies. They are able to compete with each other in order to prove their mental powers. Students will be able to show their intelligence and power of reasoning especially if they are sitting for higher examinations. There are so many subjects taught in schools and a student can indicate his grasp of the subjects that he has studied. Without examinations, institutions of education will face difficulties in assessing the mental capabilities of the students. Selections of candidates for careers will also become a problem as paper qualifications play a vital role in the career arena.

Examinations enable students to qualify for scholarship apart from gaining entry into institutions of higher learning. The excellence of examinations consists of its objectives and the goal of evaluating the quantum of knowledge acquired by students and of grading them. As such, the world of academicians will be filled with poor souls without examinations. SIMPLE INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH ARGUMENTATIVE WRITINGTOPIC : Should co-curicular activities be made compulsory in schools? INTRO : Co-curricular activities involve students’ participation in clubs or societies and sporting activities outside school hours. In my opinion, I strongly believe that cocurricular activities are important for overall self-development and should be made compulsory in schools. BODY : Firstly, co-curricular activities provide students with a chance to develop their talents in music, sports and other living skills. Some students are unable to shine in the classroom but they are superb athletes and musicians. Co-curricular activities provide an avenue for them to become fulfilled individuals. CONCLUSION : Many students and parents think that co-curricular activities are a waste of time which can be better utilized with other beneficial activities. I certainly disagree with that. As we have seen, co-curricular activities play an important role in a student's life. They complement the activities of the classroom. A well-planned co-curricular program helps students become wholesome individuals. Thus, co-curricular activities are definitely not a waste of time.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS : Some typical exam questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Co-curricular activities are a waste of time. Do you agree? Large families make happy families. More land should be used for agriculture than for industry. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons to support you opinion. Parents do not spend enough quality time with children. Do you agree or disagree? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of homework.