Critics of language exams often say that they force students to learn an artificial form of standard English that is often at odds with the language used by many native speakers. Is this necessarily a bad thing?
If the purpose of international language exams is to ensure that a student has reached a sufficent level to communicate successfully, then the exam has served its purpose and in a market increasingly dominated by students driven to get qualifications to enable them to get better jobs or access education, this seems perfectly acceptable.
It also doesn't seem appropriate to expect exams to be the cutting edge of linguistic thought- it is their job to test what is commonly accepted today and not what might be the case tomorrow.
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