Over time I have realised that exams do not actually test intelligence (I can't define intelligence here but please bear with it). I'll take a specific example to explain this: - There are two people are I know, one of them always used to score more in math and the other less somehow. But the other person was clearly better at math. I knew it. When I used to talk to him, he used to give me wonderful insights and ideas. His abstraction ability was brilliant and he was a genius. The first person however focused more on the details and problem solving. So for me exams only test abilities like attention to detail, training your brain to solve specific problems etc. But clearly understanding the subject more deeply, getting insights etc. are more important By the way - the question is that if I am right how should we take exams and if I am wrong then why?