With winter vacation approaching, more and more parents ask about “Final Exam”. This week, we’ve brought in co-principal Mr.Steve and the teachers from  Primary and Secondary discussing about “Final Exam”.

Many parents used to have some misconceptions about that test is not necessary for Western educations therefore Pioneer Courses are without “Final Exam”. 

 

The result is as important as the process

Whilst our Pioneer Courses have a great deal of process learning and dependence on western pedagogy we still need to measure students progress to inform the learning.  In addition,  our Pioneer Programme is built upon Chinese Language and Culture and we are mandated for our students to sit local and district tests and ultimately the Zhongkao at the end of Grade 9.  Whilst it would be great to only have formative assessment it is an essential part of our programmes to also have summative measurements. The purpose of our summative assessment is not to rank students but to provide feedback to parents.  External standardized tests currently feature very highly in the compulsory years of education in China.

 

Final exam is a time to make you better

I care about the score because it reflects the knowledge that students have mastered. I think that’s what parents and teachers should be concerned about.

If it is the mistake caused by carelessness, then we should pay more attention to the training on doing works carefully; If the student cannot answer the question about writing words or characters, we can find out that the basic knowledge is his/her weakness; If the student gets lower score on reading, that means training on reading capability is needed.

Many parents pay extra attention to scores especially before “Final Exam”. Why we need the scores?

Scores and homework are learning tools, other than study objectives or goals; Students should learn how to use these to find out the gaps and to consolidate their knowledge.

What can Parents do for Final Exam?

 Parents have always worried and will always worry in the future – the best thing they can do is to encourage their daughter/son and help them have good learning habits, plenty of sleep, a balance with recreational activities and a healthy diet. Parents cannot do the learning for their children, they can only help and be supportive.

 

How to evaluate students through “Final Exam” in SUIS Xiamen?

They need to have a good grasp of all the Maths concepts and the English maths vocabulary.  The key point is that they need to be able to answer and explain in English.

 In my subject, Mathematics, there will always be an assessment based on a score from an exam. But the value of our system is that we prepare the pupils for success in the global environment. We are training our pupils to think and use reasoning, to communicate, create and synthesize. This allows them to have a greater understanding and appreciation of their learning. This also puts our pupils on an even footing with pupils from England and other countries, so that our pupils will be able to study in the university overseas, work overseas and confidently compete globally.

 

For art, Final Exam is not an examination but an exhibition; students show their own distinct imagination.

In Final Exam, students are not only asked to draw but also to handcraft—–because art is not just about painting. Students should also learn to use the various materials daily life to create different work. Students are also asked to introduce their works 、sharing their ideas and the significance after the work is completed. It’s a test of integrated capabilities.

 

Memorizing the historical events is not what I ask for during the process of evaluating the students. It’s said that “History is a mirror”. Spontaneous comparing and summarizing by the students are the key competence they’ve mastered after a semester. For example, compare with the gods of Greek Mythology who have shortcomings as ordinary people, Chinese gods are almost perfect; the civilization of Ancient China comes from Great River, while the Greek civilization comes from ocean.

For Geography, practical skills are more important. Besides the knowledge from textbooks, how to search the corresponding natural landscapes and phenomena, how to draw maps, and how to do a project report are evaluated as well. Those are the points of Final Exam.