Why do exams have time limits?Watch
So that leads me to believe that's not the purpose of exams. Is it instead to test how quickly we can write or how quickly we can formulate our ideas? Or perhaps the syllabus of most subjects is so accessible that anyone can develop an understanding (or at least memorise the content) and so an exam looking to assess only knowledge and understanding would result in almost perfect grades?
In short I'd like to know what you believe A level exams are intending to assess and (excluding the extremes) why they have such restrictive time constraints?
EDIT: Perhaps a good method would be to have a system like an EPQ for all subjects? Then you'd have like 4 'mini-theses'.
So people can have a manageable exam timetable I think. Imagine having a 4 hour chemistry exam followed by a 4 hour psychology exam and everything has to fit in the exam season.
Its essentially part of the exam itself, can you answer the questions correctly AND in a limited time
Would a better solution not be to spread the exams out a bit more instead of cramming everything in?Yes, but why is the time relevant? Why is speed an important area to assess?
e.g. morning (around 9:30), afternoon (13:30) and evenining (idk around 5:30?)
That seems to fit with the idea that the subjects don't contain enough depth (I also said excluding the extremes :P) But it should still be easy to differentiate between someone who has an understanding of the subject matter and someone who is rattling off as much information as they can on a page whether relevant or not.That's a very broad point to make. Would you care to narrow it down a little?
Alternatively, the markers are just lazy.
No-one in any academic field has to type out an essay in an hour and a half. If the work was timed in a matter of weeks, then fair enough. But minutes?
It's all about time management, and that is what they are trying to teach you.