Wednesday, 19th February 2020

The teenager's guide to why exams are bullshit

HAVE you done very little revision and are worried you’ll fail your GCSEs? Don’t worry - teenager Tom Booker is on hand to explain why exams are bullshit.

Exams don’t prove you’re intelligent

Exams only prove you can memorise boring shit like a parrot. There are other types of intelligence, like being good at Call of Duty, so once the entire educational establishment realises this it won’t matter that I’ve only got a few Ds and Es in easy subjects.

Artificial intelligence

In the future all the jobs will be done by AIs, so what’s the point of qualifications? You can tell the older generation is feeling the pressure because when I explained this to my dad he shouted “FOR FUCK’S SAKE JUST DO SOME FUCKING REVISION!” and opened another bottle of wine.

Some people just aren’t good at exams

Personally I can deal with any level of stress, but my friend Chloe goes to pieces in exams. However she is really good at making bracelets out of string. It’s a disgrace that this isn’t taken into account in GCSE Maths.

Loads of successful people failed their exams

Steve Jobs, Einstein, Metallica, Shakespeare, Nigel Farage, Stephen Hawking, The Prodigy, Barack Obama - not one of them have a single qualification. If you don't believe me I can send you a link to the chatroom where I read it. So much for so-called ‘intelligence’!

You can just wing it anyway

Naturally smart people like me don’t need to revise, which is just as well because I’ve done fuck all towards my next exam in exactly three hours and my mum will tear me a new arsehole if I fail Sociology.