I'm the other way around as it happens - EASA CPL 10 years ago, FAA CPL and IR last year. [EASA IR hopefully this year, UK IMCR / IR(R) I skipped any exams as CPL holders are exempt.]
marioair wrote:I’m happy doing exams and I’m happy doing 13 of them because they’re on different subjects and you can’t throughly tests Someone’s knowledge any other way - whether it’s for a PPL, CPL, GCSE or whatever. But it’s still the the issue of have having relevant knowledge. If the FAA system addresses this then great. But doing it through an oral exam is not a good idea Imho
With two CPLs, a PhD and a black belt I've hopefully not a lot to prove in in exam passing. The toughest oral exams were the FAA IR (3hrs), and my PhD (4½hrs). In my opinion they are much more valid as an assessment of somebody's abilities in a role, than any number of written exams. A competent oral examiner can pick a scenario, develop it, and develop it further. My PhD supervisor, an incredibly experienced academic described it as finding a piece of loose wool, pulling on it, then pulling on the next bit, and carrying on until you see what's left. By comparison written exams - especially the multiple choice once mostly favoured both sides of the Atlantic favour teaching for the test far more than deep subject knowledge.
By comparison, a shodan grading is again very like the FAA checkride - lots of oral, lots of active delivery of skills in simulated real-world scenarios - although unlike the FAA checkride very much mixed up - fight off half a dozen ninjas, answer some tough theory questions, demonstrate your ability to do something fiddly, few more ninjas, teach something - you get the idea. But again, the black belt is regarded everywhere as a high and impressive standard. Whilst a few systems do use written exams in it, that aspects is seldom seen as important.
So, basically, I disagree. From my experience, oral exams, well conducted, are the toughest and most rigorous type of tests you can conduct. But, they do require enormous faith in the examiner, standardisation processes, etc. - which is much more expensive and hard to quality assure than a computer managed multiple choice or numeric answer questionbank.
I am Spartacus, and so is my co-pilot.