We are currently in the middle of exam season. Last week, owing to scheduling problems, the boy had four AS exams on one day. That meant he spent from 9 am to 4.30 pm being tested and had to spend his lunch time under teacher supervision so he couldn't chat with his friends/cheat. The down side is how hard would it be to sustain that kind of concentration and get good results, the upside is he only has two exams left. N-J has only had two oral exams for A2 so far, one in in French and one Spanish. The Spanish one went well and she was really happy with it, the French was another matter, a nightmare apparently. They were told to be prepared to talk about any current topic. The girl who went in before N-J was asked what she thought about junk food being served in school canteens, so far so good....and N-Js question....in French? Iran has developed nuclear power but we don't know if they want to use it for electricity or weapons, should there be another war over this?????? WHAT???????Now I don't know about you but I have a flimsy grasp of current affairs at the best of times and I would struggle to answer this in my native tongue. What sort of question is that to ask an 18 year old...in French? I really feel for her, her French speaking is superb and she has a wide ranging vocabulary, the fact she understood the question is a testament to her knowledge of the language but in the face of a question like that her confidence just crumbled. What exactly is it they are supposed to be testing our children on in these exams and how can the results possibly be an accurate reflection of their knowledge of the subject??