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Oral Examination

Definition

As assessment of student knowledge levels through a face-to-face dialogue between the student and examiner -- usually faculty

Advantages

Disadvantages

Ways to Reduce Disadvantages

Bottom Line

Oral exams can provide excellent results, but usually only with significant - perhaps prohibitive -- additional cost. Definitely worth utilizing in programs with small numbers of students, and for the highest priority objectives in any program and local testing policies do not prohibit the testing method

Bibliographic References

Bairan, A. and B.J. Farnsworth, "Oral Exams: An Alternative Evaluation Method," Nurse Educator, 22 Jul/Aug 1997, 6-7
De Charruf, L.F., "Oral Testing," Mextesol Journal, 8(2), Aug 1984, 63-79
Dressel, J.H., "The Formal Oral Group Exam: Challenges and Possibilities-The Oral Exam and Critical Thinking," Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (81st, Seattle, WA, November 22-27, 1991)
Henderson, M.L., "Types of Classroom Tests: Essay Tests and Oral Exams," American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 48(3), Fall 1984, 290-292
Nelson, J. "Implementing Oral Exams as Part of the School Exam System." In: New Approaches in the Language Classroom: Coping with Change. Proceeding of the National Model Languages Convention (2nd, Dubln, Ireland. January 31-February 1, 1986)