The same way many of us do in the rest of life, namely a combination of trying to minimize and control it along with accepting the fact that often we cannot. The lack of perfect solutions shouldn't stop us from trying to get better ones when there is substantial reason to believe that better ones exist.
P.S. For someone who is worried about randomness I find it curious that your are able to assert a causal relationship between being 'pragmatic' and our current situation / location :-)
________________________________ From: Alain Schremmer <email@example.com> To: Fred Siegeltuch <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Wayne Ford Mackey <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:53 PM Subject: Re: On-line placement exams
On Jul 31, 2012, at 3:44 PM, Fred Siegeltuch wrote:
> The bottom line is that a placement test is a tool and it is how you use it that counts the most.
Just curious: how is one to deal with the far from negligible "randomness factor"?
P.S. It is because, beginning forty some years ago, we advocated being "pragmatic" that we are now where we are.