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Is it true that students forget 75% of what they learn at the end of the exam?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (14561points) June 19th, 2018

In grade school a vice-principal said that passing grade in his classes is 75% because most of it is forgotten. Is it true? Or was he wrong?

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LadyMarissa's avatar

I don’t think that’s true!!! Many kids forget what they learn even before they learn it. I graduated high school 50 years ago & I’ve retained a good portion of what I learned in the 12 years before graduating. Some people just don’t want to remember what they learned & some do; so I guess it’s up to each individual how much they retain!!!

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johnpowell's avatar

I wouldn’t say at the end of the exam. But surely a few weeks later.

If you have ever had a summer off and started back in a math class this will be totally apparent. That was the brutal part of math before college. The first two months of the year was getting people caught up on what they were already tested on.

That is why I liked it when I was in San Diego and did year round school. Three months of school, one month off.. Much faster to get everyone up to speed on math.

zenvelo's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 Your anecdote is a non sequitur. Why would the retention rate have anything to do with the evaluation of performance on a test?

75% is a passing grade in many places.

And, most people who perform well on a test retain the learning. Consider spelling tests: most people who regularly performed above 90% on spelling tests in grade school retain that for life.

gondwanalon's avatar

If you don’t use it then you will lose it.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I never did.

Aster's avatar

Of course that depends on the subject being taught and tested and the interests of the student.

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