Do you like tests?
I'm not wild about them. I'd rather write a paper than take a test. I'd rather read ten extra books than take a test. I just don't like tests.
But...we do need some kind of test to prove that we've learned something. It could be demonstrating the skill, the way that a fire fighter has to be able to demonstrate connecting the hose to the fireplug. The way that a carpenter might have to demonstrate cutting the proper length of wood. It might be the way a pianist must perform a recital after hours and hours of practice.
You might think you know something completely, but it's not as valuable as it is when people can see the results.
You probably haven't truly learned something until someone else sees you do it.
Are you learning? Are you practicing? Are you putting that practice to use?
-- doug smith