Tuesday, 15 June 2010

English anyone?

I have been accepted to start my English degree at Ruskin College Oxford this year (you may remember I put it off last year). While my medical and course interview are valid from last year my obvious literacy skills (why else would I have been accepted last year) are subject to a test.

Ok, I can do a test, but the company who provide the test is called bksb (not my lowercase); they can't even manage to capitalise properly, so who are they to judge?

Given that colleges are populated by well respected experts in their field, why do they have to go to an outside agency for this kind of test? Are these people not among the best educators in the country and, by default, among the best testers?

My problem now is it doesn’t matter if I understand a question, if I do not understand why it is being asked, I cannot formulate an answer.

3 comments:

BigJohn said...

Dear Maffi,
May I humbly suggest the following punctuation?
I have added a semi-colon, apostrophe, commas and question marks.

"Ok, I can do a test, but the company who provide the test is called bksb (not my lowercase); they can't even manage to capitalise properly, so who are they to judge?

Given that colleges are populated by well respected experts in their field, why do they have to go to an outside agency for this kind of test? Are these people not among the best educators in the country and, by default, among the best testers?

My problem now is it doesn’t matter if I understand a question, if I do not understand why it is being asked, I cannot formulate an answer."

Regards,
John

Maffi said...

You have passed!

Have you read Narrow Dog to . . .

Anonymous said...

Good luck with it all. I was at Ruskin from 1983 to 1985 involved lots of work in the eve and weekends trying to put two essays a week together !