Marking exams…

By Legal Eagle

…so if I’m grumpy, don’t be surprised. As I always do at this time of year, I am wondering yet again if there’s a better way of testing people’s knowledge.

That’s all for now, I’d better stop procrastinating and get back to it…


  1. kvd
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I am wondering yet again if there’s a better way of testing people’s knowledge.

    No, there isn’t – based only upon the fact that anyone questioning this is always (it seems) currently involved in the process.

    Dave Bath will give you the percentages of error possible if you simply chucked all papers in the air, and graded the results based upon proximity to desk. Maybe get the Eaglets to chuck, just to eliminate statistical bias 😉

  2. Posted June 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Given that exams aren’t returned to students, you don’t write any commentary on the sides, do you?

  3. Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I just finished my first law exam. I think I went reasonably well assuming the marker can actually read some of my handwriting. The time limit was a bit frustrating; I completed all the questions however was pressed to physically get all my ideas on paper and a few didn’t make the cut. I didn’t get a chance to do a review against the criteria to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I do wonder about the potential for quality in the marking, particularly for my later exam which apparently has almost 400 exams papers to be marked in about 3 days.

    I don’t mind the notion of a close environment and limited time to test students knowledge and skills, however hand written exams seem to be a bit dated in this day an age. And the desks and chairs we were sitting on seemed even more dated…

  4. L Plate Lawyer
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Having just had a brain freeze during my contract exam (and I know my mark will be disappointing); I wish we could find a better way to judge knowledge! I knew the content but I had a very, very bad day…

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