I’m sorry but here it’s always been like that.
I don’t think I’ve ever had any multiple choice tests, not even in elementary school. and since then we have oral tests, something I don’t think you do in the Usa (? never been there sadly), which are difficult. really difficult. And they’re more difficult if you’re shy like me, I know of people who have panic attacks because of them, and even I had them, and crying before the whole class it’s not funny at all (don’t get me wrong, I had studied). I don’t want to make this post long but at least here in Italy, school is so fucked up that it’s almost more important “to be friendly” with your professors than to really know things.
I’ve had many profs that based their votes on their liking. If you were person X your grades could be 6 or 7 (on a grade of 0/10 - but in my school it was 0/9 because… well I don’t know. They just didn’t give 10), if you were Y, they were 4 or 5 and if you were their favorite you could have the best grades. and sometimes studying didn’t make the difference, If they wanted to give you a bad grade they could, because they weren’t multiple choices tests.
They really could ruin your (school) life.
I remember my friends asking for M.C. tests to my teachers AS A JOKE. because they were so much easier to do! But of course they never did that.
Also, I’ve never been in the USA but I have friends who did (for a year or more) and they always say that the arguments of the tests are easier.
And this is not to say “ah-ha our school system is more fucked up we won”. It’s to say that NOT ONLY americans have that problem. The School system is fucked up almost everywhere.