Excerpt from On the Action of Examinations Considered as a Means of Selection MV chief object in writing this book has been to introduce some approach to method in the way of te garding the action of Examinations. This action is complex, and from want of analysis confusion has sometimes arisen, as I have pointed out at the begin ning of Chapter v. I must warn the reader that this book is not intended as a manual of the art of examin ing, but as an enquiry as to what we want to efiect by Examinations, and how far we can succeed. The art of examining has made great progress of late. Govern ment as well as University Examinations are now conducted with great skill, and we owe to the former various valuable expedients in the way of marking, allowing alternative questions, and the like, to which I have referred in Chap. Ul, on Marking and Classing.
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