Use of Search Engines In Exams, is it Inevitable?

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The executive of one of the UK’s major exam boards is facing criticism after suggesting that the use of Google in exams should be allowed.

Mark Dawe, an executive of the Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR), appeared on the Radio 4’s Today Programme and suggested that students should be tested using the same conditions they would have in the real world.

Dawe suggested that the use of the internet in exams is “inevitable” and would better reflect how students learn in the modern education system, focusing more on students understanding and using their basis of knowledge to quickly search and interpret information within a certain time limit.

While being allowed access to the internet students usage would be monitored, with rules forbidding any communication with other students or people.

If the UK were to allow the internet in exam’s it would be following the trend that Denmark started back in 2009. After a trial period, several schools in Denmark started allowing the use of the internet in exams in order to “take the focus off knowledge recall and writing speed”.

Should exams be testing how we look up information and understand it or do exams need to be about recalling facts and information you learnt in class?

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  • Ryan Airth

    I think schools should teach us better methods of learning rather than be like “see this sentence, memorize it, then forget it for the rest of your life”.