Do you think tests help people learn?

Rese (Botswana): I think just do. All people learn1 because they give you the opportunity to evaluate how much2 you know and how far you've gone3 with whatever4 it is that you're learning, and they give you a chance to also see how close5 you are with your peers6 in the class.

Lindsay (United States): I think tests help people learn, because they hold you accountable7 for information. Otherwise8, even with9 myself, if I know I'm not being10 tested on it, I might write it down11, but I'm not going to absolutely spend the time to sit and learn it, so they hold you accountalbe. That's why12 people learn.

Sunny (Korea): Yeah, definitely, I think tests help you to learn, because they can review13 the things and then organize the knowledge14 in a systematic way15 too, when they prepare for tests so…and they can adopt16 many learning technologies when they prepare for tests.

Paul (England): I think tests are good in a sense that17 students are able to kind of18 organize their study. I think overreliance19 on tests is a bad thing, whereby20 the test result dominates the student concerns21. The focus should be22, I think, more about learning rather than23 test-taking.

Katia (Mexico): I do not think that tests help people learn. I actually24 believe it's quite the opposite25 tests would stress26 some people and it tends to make27 the students memorize rather than learn. So, I really don't believe that tests help students learn.

Tim (United States): I think some tests are good because they motivate people to learn. But I think a lot of people have the tendency28 to study for a test very hard, to do well29 on a test and not really appreciate30 what they're learning, because they're only concerned31 about just getting a good grade32 on the test.


1.      Learn = aprender
2.      evaluate how much = avaliar o quanto
3.      how far you've gone = o quão longe você foi
4.      whatever = o que quer que
5.      how close = o quão perto
6.      peers = colegas
7.      hold you accountable = torna-lo responsável
8.      Otherwise = do contrário
9.      even with = mesmo com
10.   being = sendo
11.   I might write it down = eu posso anotar
12.   That's why = é porisso que
13.   Review = revisar
14.   Knowledge = conhecimento
15.   systematic way = forma sistematica
16.   adopt = adotar
17.   in a sense that = no sentido de que
18.   kind of = de certa forma
19.   overreliance  = excesso de confiança
20.   whereby = pelo que
21.   concerns = preocupações
22.   should be = deveria ser
23.   rather than = ao invés de
24.   actually = realmente
25.   quite the opposite = totalmente o oposto
26.   would stress = estressaria
27.   tends to make = tende a fazer
28.   tendency = tendencia
29.   to do well = ir bem
30.   appreciate  = apreciar
31.   concerned = preocupado

32.   just getting a good grade = simplesmente conseguir uma boa nota