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Last Updated: Sunday November 08 2009 20:59 GMT

Should the internet be allowed in tests?

Boy using internet

Some school children in Denmark are going to be allowed to use the internet during their final exams as part of trial scheme.

The students can log on to any website, including social networking sites, but they are not allowed to talk to each other or send any emails.

Do you think this is a good idea? Would you like to log on during your exams?

Do you think it would help you find the answers to test questions or do you think it's unfair and pupils should have to learn all the information BEFORE they go in to the exam room?

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Your comments

"I think it should because then kids won't have to revise!"

Alain, 11, Derbyshire, England

"No. Not really. It's cheating, and you're not getting the most of your educational standards. Maybe at home, maybe, but not during the exam, as it counts as cheating on my account. It's a bit unfair that other pain-staking children around the world don't get the internet as help in their examinations. Very unfair. It should be prohibited."

Riordan, 12, Huntingdon, England

"I don't think computers should be used in tests, because children will cheat."

Lucy, 9, Isle of Man, England

"I think they should because it will help in tests and it would be fair if all children had a choice."

Jo, 11, Nottingham, England

"What is the point of going to school to learn when you can just find out the answers on the internet? Kids will rely [on it] too much and they will pass exams by cheating!"

Catie, 9, London, England

"I don't think they should be allowed because they will be to distracted by the fact they have the computer with them. In fact, that means that they don't have to listen in lessons if they are using the computers in the tests."

Lucy, 10, England

"I would like to do this but to be honest it is cheating and pointless because what's the point of doing the test if you just find the answers. Everyone is going to come out with top grades."

Sheria, 12, Leicester, England

"It is wrong because it is cheating."

Caitlin, 8, Armagh, Ireland

"I think we should we able to go on the computer for exams because it will be quicker."

Natalie and Sha-leigh, 14, Lancashire, England

"It would take longer if you went on the internet because you would have to search it."

Sabrina, 12, Middlesex, England

"It bugs me that people think it's cheating, but it's not! It's an internet research test, not a test that you have to memorise the answers! Also, I think students should only have to memorise answers for very important subjects. Those tests are meant to teach you how to do researching on the internet! Any smart person, if the want to know something, then they can look it up!!

Joanna, 11, Colchester, England

"I would like to do this but to be honest it is cheating and pointless because what's the point of doing the test if you just find the answers. Everyone is going to come out with top grades."

Sheria, 12, Leicester, England

"I agree. What is the point of exams if we use the internet? We might as well be told the answer!"

Reniece, 13, Manchester, England

"I think that you should not be allowed to use internet in tests because you could find any answer for any question."

Lilli, 13, Brussels, Belgium

"No, I think it's wrong to be going on computers to do an exam. They say that exams and tests are getting easier but if we do them on computers then everybody will have the top grades because you'll be able to find the answers."

Hannah, 12, Wales

"It's just like cheating."

Fiona, 9, Massachusetts, USA

"I really think it's cheating because you can end up with a virus on unknown websites and aren't tests supposed to test what you have learned?"

Humaid, 12, Blackburn, England

"The internet should be allowed in tests, but inappropriate websites should be blocked.(Imagine getting caught playing (insert name of controversial game/movie/delete as appropriate)) during a test!"

Tim, 14, Wales

"Well we have this blocking system in our computers at school so we'd only be allowed on certain sites anyway."

Holly, 13, Derbyshire, England

"Why do the exam, if you have a computer, where all the answers are?"

MollieAnne, 11, Liverpool, England

"What's the point in an exam if you are going to be looking up the answers? Exams are to see what you've learnt in your lessons, you may as well change exam to research paper, if that's the case."

Lizzie, 14, Cardiff, Wales

"I think some pupils could use an online calculator, translator, very secretly. I think if they are extremely important exams then why risk using computers if pupils could cheat?"

Isabelle, 12, Surrey, England

"It would be well fun and easy but not fair."

Molly, 13, Surrey, England

"It would be good if we used the computer for Sats and Cats but really they should only be used in IT exams!"

Louis, 11, Nottingham, England

"I think it is a bad idea because the whole point of exams is to see what you have learnt so if you use the internet you are not really using your brain."

Joseph, 10, London, England

"I think that it's wrong for the children to know the answers before the exam room because this is to test how much they know. Basically it's like cheating. You should have revised at home and in spare time but not right before the exams. So I don't think it's a good idea."

Maariya, 13, Bradford, England

"I think it should the internet should be allowed in tests. Nowadays if you don't know something you usually learn it off the internet! So in exams if you don't know something why shouldn't you be allowed to do the same thing? You still learn the same things you would if you had been studying for the last six months!"

Aisling, 12, Galway, Ireland

"Well I think they should be allowed in exams but only on some web sites not on all web sites and not all the way through the exam because they might cheat."

Kaylea, 10, Scotland

"I think that it is wrong to use the internet as you can just maybe find the answers by emailing your friends."

Felix, 11, Norfolk, England

"I think it's okay to use internet for the exam but I do find it cheating."

Sophie, 14, Cornwall, England

"It shouldn't be allowed because you could cheat and that way you can't learn."

Joshua, 11, West Sussex, England

"It should not be allowed in tests because not everyone has the internet so the people who do not have it will do worse than the people who do."

Amie, 9, UK

"I don't think the internet should be allowed in tests because the pupils will get all the answers if they haven't learnt the subject so it will be cheating which is so not good."

Carenza, 10, Wales

"I think it's stupid using a computer, Because you could cheat. If you only used pen, paper and your brain you would actually use what you know and learn more."

KingFountainPen, 11, England

"I think it shouldn't because it doesn't show teachers that kids have actually learned anything because they can just find the answer online. This does not help kids with their education at all."

Miriam, 12, Surrey, England

"I think children should be allowed to use the internet in exams but they should only be allowed on certain websites."

Lydia, 10, UK

"If the internet is allowed and you can look up all the answers on it, why do the exam?"

Suzanne, 14, Herts, England

"I think that this is cool because school is in preparation for when you grow up so you know how to kind of survive and in later life it is highly likely that a computer will be at hand. Plus when you grow up if you don't know the answer you can just ask."

Ellen, 12, England

"I think using the internet in exams is a bad idea because it's like cheating because you can get the answers."

Catherine, 13, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I think it should be allowed because it would make my life easier."

Pat, 12, Aberdeen, Scotland

"I think that we should. If we hadn't brought in calculators then where would we be? We should embrace the technology we have."

Sophie, 13, Chelmsford, England

"No it is all about your own brain not the computers!"

Maddie, 9, London, England

"I agree with Hayley, exams are to see what you have learnt and what you need more help with. So what is the point of finding out the answers on the internet?"

Olivia, 14, Liverpool, England

"This is pointless! Children study all year round and they'll just use computers for answers!"

Kieran, 11, Airdrie, Scotland

"I think yes, but they must limit the websites."

Jake, 10, Norwich, England

"I think it is a bad idea. What's the point doing exams if you can find out the answers while you are doing them?? "

Hayley, 14, Gloucestershire, England

"No, they should do it normally."

Amy, 11, Norwich, England

"I would love that! it would be no fun because you could get the correct answers while talking to friends from other schools!"

Colette, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"Kids should definitely not be allowed to do exams on the internet! People could cheat and change their answers and it wouldn't be fair!!!!"

Lauren, 10, Yorkshire, England

"No, they shouldn't because maybe you might cheat!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Luke, 9, Spalding, UK

"No, because they will be able to check their answers are right."

Gugu, 12, Leeds, England

"No, because people might cheat in their tests! I think we should just stick to what we normally do."

Zoe, 11, Nottingham, England

"That's the stupidest idea I've ever heard. If you could use the internet during exams no-one would revise and then you wouldn't learn or remember anything!"

Alice, 14, Worcester, England

"I think that you should be allowed to log on during tests because then you can check that you have got the answer correct!"

Gemma, 11, Cambridge, England

"I think it should be allowed, as that way you have no revision to do. You can find your answers easily and you will have different answers to everyone else!"

Caitlin, 11, Coventry, England

"I can see both points of view. The fact that you can research the test is good because you can build up your information so it's in your brain when you do the test. However, you should have learnt all the information before the exam. I think a better idea would be to research and build up your knowledge before the test as this is fair. This is what we do at my school and it helps as a week before you research the topic so when the exam comes it's fresh in your mind."

Jordan, 14, Manchester, England

"I think it's perfectly normal to login during tests, just being careful not to do anything silly."

Emma, 14, Spain