Are Test Scores So Important?
In a number of schools, students are promoted, retained and denied graduation based on test scores. Some people even predict that higher scores of students today will translate into better working performance tomorrow. It seems that test scores can be used as a weighing tool to judge many things. But are they so important? I’m afraid the answer is definitely no.
It is true that tests are often one requirement for admission at many schools,and when admission officers scratch their heads making decisions, sometimes a test score is the only criterion on which decisions can be made. I admit that test scores are important to some purpose in school admission. However, they bear norelation to a person’s success or failure.
First, some students secure high scores at the cost of extracurricular activities, social practice and physical exercises. They are only good at tests. Second, some students get high test scores by cheating on exams. In this case, the scores mean to no purpose that they are better than those who get lower scores. Furthermore, many people who score high in tests do not necessarily do well in practical work. Job success doesn’t involve taking tests. Successful people work well with groups and have other qualities such as perseverance, motivation, enthusiasm, and emotional intelligence.All in all, test scores measure only a portion of knowledge and analytical skills but nothing at all about success or failure. In some sense test scores are important, but life means more.