We live in testing times - SATS, GCSEs, AS levels, Degrees - but Michael Rosen is not convinced.

With his usual humour and insight he looks at exams, explores other ways of monitoring achievement and hears from pupils, past and present who think he should keep his nose out of it because exams are wonderful (and easy-peasy).


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0101Testing Times2003102620031101In the first programme, Alan Titchmarsh explains why failing his 11 Plus was one of the best things that ever happened to him.
0102Cheating2003110220031108""Michael Rosen continues to ruminate with wit and humanity on the subject of exams"".
Discuss.
With contributions from A level pupils, Oxford undergraduates and those studying for vocational qualifications in the building trade Rosen looks at the way we mark attainment in higher education, what this says about our priorities and assumptions and whether or not we ""could do better"".
Professor Ted Wragg helps him cheat.
0103 LASTPsychometric Testing2003110920031115In the final part of his trilogy of talks about exams Michael Rosen turns his attention to psychometric testing.
This form of 'mind measurement' was thought to have been developed by the Chinese civil service in the Han Dynasty over a 1000 years ago.
It is now used as a recruitment tool in around 70% of major British companies.
Advocates recommend it as the most effective way to measure aptitude rather than attainment.
Michael has his doubts, especially when he is strongly advised never to try for a career in dentistry.

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