Education has always been regarded as the key to success. However, being in school has always been a challenging subject, both to the students and the teachers. My experience in school has been limited to being a student and as such, my challenges are limited to the student experience. However, my main challenge is the exams’ capability of designing the framework for your success after school (Scott-clayton, 2012). The ability of the exams to determine the success after school has always been highly outlined in books and journals but this is not the case of the current world (Caraway & Tucker, 2003). Is it possible for a single piece of paper to determine your success? All this brings us to the aim of this essay which is: what capacity do exams have to determine your success after school?
As with each individual who has been in school, exams are a constant threat. Will I fail? Will I pass? Does my life depend on this system? Those are a couple of questions that students constantly face. Some successful people have always outlined the need for hard work in school. However, few have stated that the sheer will and determination for success is the most pivotal thing when it comes to a successful life (Anon., 2003). Bill gates dropped from Harvard University (Zins, et al., 2004) and as such, ended up being the wealthiest person and as such, exams have no capacity to hold any person’s success. Teachers emphasize the need for dedication to books but as few can attest, that is not the real life scenario (Murray, 2009). My life as a student has been tortured by the mere fact of exams every once and then and I have always been subjected to torturous exam hours. Therefore, we need not to emphasize the need for exams in our learning institutions and rather focus on the quality of education and the real life situation (Valencia, 2004).


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