[BSDCert] ARRL format
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Sat Jul 30 20:52:12 EDT 2005
On 7/30/05, Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org> wrote:
> That's not the point. By knowing the questions, anyone involved in
> training for the exam need only teach to those questions, not to the
> underlying subject matter. For the Americans within this group, that's
> the major complaint of educators regarding the "No Child Left Behind"
> program -- that people are teaching to the questions, and exam scores
> are acceptable, but the students' real understanding hasn't improved at all.
So, if I memorize that the FCC is in charge, and the underlying
material says the FCC is in charge, how is that bad? Similarly, if I
memorize an answer that says "rpcinfo shows RPC services on a remote
system", and that is true, how is that bad?
> If you have proper feedback, any candidate can comment on the questions
> at the time they take the exam. This is an effective way to identify
> problems with the help of those with a stake in it (the test takers),
> and it doesn't matter if the whole pool is open or not.
That's nice in theory. Try sitting through a multi-hour exam and then
decide to critique the questions. Most people are mentally exhausted,
or unsure of their answers, or questioning the entire process. There
is no way to check if a question is truly off-base in an isolated exam
I'm not advocating an open question pool for every level of a BSD
cert. I'm not even going to vigorously argue for an open pool for ANY
aspect of the cert. I'm giving specific feedback on a test required
by the FCC to obtain a US government-approved broadcast license.
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