The Ham radio exams over the years

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Re: The Ham radio exams over the years

Postby G4RMT » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:44 pm

Any current exam that requires continuous prose rather than bullet points or multiple choice must make sure the question is phrased in a way that will produced the right answer - that's pretty fundamental to exams and as far as I'm aware always has been. All public exams have to have pre-planned, answers to all the 'what if' questions examiners face. Multiple choice can be machine read so is much cheaper, but can also cope with mass misunderstandings or teaching errors that can be singled out and if required, be compensated for. However, with amateur exams, there is no public nationally agreed moderation and everything is linked to the integrity of those designated capable of marking the papers. Inevitably, the standard of marking can't be checked or verified apart from by comparing the end result stats - which in exams rarely change that much year on year.

Exams always change over the years, and the Novice exam standard is something we never had before, so of course it appears weak to those working at the levels above.
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