Kevin Kung, 18, Ying Wa College If there were no exams, more than 90 per cent of students would lose their motivation to study. This is because they have no target to aim at. There is an old Chinese saying: 'Study during study time, play during play time.' But most of us lack discipline. Without exams, we may spend years in school for nothing. Also, school exams evaluate students' progress. You know how much knowledge you have acquired and which areas you need to improve in. In addition, exams help school officials separate elite and average students. Schools can provide enhancement courses for the gifted while organising remedial classes for the weaker students. A school test is actually a 'rehearsal' for public exams. Remember, practice makes perfect. Schools should not abolish exams. But exams should not be the only way to assess students' academic standards. Schools should also consider things like students' performance in class, homework and subject-related activities. Shruti Srinivasan, 17, Delia School of Canada I think schools should have exams, but they should not be the most important assessment of a student's ability. Exams make sure a student pays attention in class and understands a subject. They ensure students do not just copy work and hand it in simply to gain good marks. They also force us to revise and expand our knowledge of various aspects of life. They are good preparation for university exams. But exams should not be worth more than 25-30 per cent of the total marks. The rest should come from regular schoolwork, quizzes and projects during the academic year. This is a better way to assess a student's true abilities.