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Proficiency Tests

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Proficiency Tests

Consider, if students are (essentially) mandated to take standardized tests such as the G.E.D., SAT, ACT, GRE, GRE Subject Tests, ect. ect. to demonstrate academic knowledge, skills & abilities which is claimed to be a sufficiently strong evaluation method--Why cant 'Proficiency Tests' be administered on a range of subjects that, if passed, credentials a person in that particular area analogous to taking a course, sequential group of courses, or degree (i.e. AA, BA, MA, ect.)?

Note, 'placement testing' and 'final exams' are already standard, then why not have that model expanded greatly? That is, if a person takes and passes a 'Final Exam' on a particular subject, what is the need for them to take the 4 month course? Likewise, if a person can pass a GRE Subject Test on a given subject, which is intended to demonstrate proficiency at the level of an Undergraduate degree in the area, why should that not credential them in the area? That is, why could they not bypass the need for attending College for 4 or so years and simply take the Test if & when ready in order to earn the diploma?
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  1. Proficiency Tests

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  • someone234someone234 523 Pts
    edited March 8
    The system is made to test two things that your version can't:

    1) Mental endurance AKA emotional tenacity to stay true to one course for a long time which equates to how long someone will likely last in a corporation.

    2) The ability of someone to juggle daily routine including house chores and extra curricular clubs along with their academic achievement. As you go into the adult world of work, the extra things only increase but the workload doesn't decrease.
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  • xMathFanxxMathFanx 102 Pts
    The system is made to test two things that your version can't:

    1) Mental endurance AKA emotional tenacity to stay true to one course for a long time which equates to how long someone will likely last in a corporation.

    2) The ability of someone to juggle daily routine including house chores and extra curricular clubs along with their academic achievement. As you go into the adult world if work, the extra things only increase but the workload doesn't decrease.

    Then, you consider G.E.D.'s to be illegitimate?
  • @xMathFanx Less valuable in the job market yes, any agency that helps people get hired will tell you that GED is valued the least by all employers compared to any equivalent qualification for that level.
    Be tomorrow's hero, not today's idol.
  • That is a good idea. <span>:smile:</span>
  • VaulkVaulk 439 Pts
    xMathFanx said:
    Proficiency Tests

    Why cant 'Proficiency Tests' be administered on a range of subjects that, if passed, credentials a person in that particular area analogous to taking a course, sequential group of courses, or degree (i.e. AA, BA, MA, ect.)?
    Actually, you can.  The answer to your question is "You can".

    I'd like to propose a followup question if you have the time though, "Who told you that you can't"?
    "If there's no such thing as a stupid question then what kind of questions do stupid people ask"?

    "There's going to be a special place in Hell for people who spread lies through the veil of logical fallacies disguised as rational argument".

    "Oh, you don't like my sarcasm?  Well I don't much appreciate your stupid".


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