Ladies and gentlemen my most successful text post.
PS. on the topic of studying abroad, it is so awesome to see how other education systems work :) I did a year in Germany, and over there there were NO exams, and you got graded partly on essays but also on class participation and a presentation. It suited me so much better, I pretty much got perfect grades. Which did not count towards my final degree classification. D’oh.
In Australia it depends on the course whether there’s an exam at all. Mostly it’s a combination of coursework + final exam, usually being about 30% grade total on the exam for humanities stuff IIRC. I always used to laugh at my friends in finance and their 90% exams. We got ~10% tute participation for most humanities classes, 50% assignments and then either exam or presentation for the remainder. Languages were about 20% final exam, mostly weekly quiz and participation. And for phil classes, I don’t think I did a single exam. But that could just have been bc Jeremy didn’t want to grade stuff in the holidays, so he crammed all his work into the actual semester.