The custom has of late become very popular among various instructors to offer those who take their courses the privilege of deciding whether a mid-year examination shall be held, or hour examinations substituted in its place. It would be impossible to declare positively whether or not the substitution of hour examinations is an advantage in certain courses. It depends entirely upon the nature of a course, whether several fragmentary reviews or one thorough examination would prove the more useful. The character of some courses absolutely demands frequent and exacting tests, which in other courses would be unnecessary, if not ridiculous. Each student who is allowed the privilege of choice in the matter must himself decide upon the merits of each view presented.