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How to Fail a Test with Dignity

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Did you enjoy tests as a student? Most of us have written a totally stupid answer that made us wonder what in the world we were thinking during the test. But have you ever written a funny answer because you didn't know the right answer and wanted to cheer up the teacher? Of course I prefer correct answers, but I have to admit that the occasional hilarious answer is a welcome treat when I'm drowning in paper grading.

In honor of our final exams next week, today's post features funny things some students have written on tests, mostly on purpose, I think....

Here are some creative answers on science tests:

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picture of funny science test answer

picture of funny science test answer

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Math tests seem to be a great place for students to show that they only partially grasp the principles. Here are some examples:

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picture of funny math test answer

picture of funny math test answer

The following student had not learned that the symbol for infinity is .

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Some students go creative when they do not know the right answer, sometimes writing things that are inappropriate. Here are several examples:

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The following is supposedly from the geometry test of a blonde student:

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Sadly some students simply freeze up while taking tests — their minds go blank and they can't focus enough to think about what to write. It's obvious when some have hit the panic button. Here are several examples of that happening.

This student decided to write his own question.

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This next one speaks for itself.

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Some of you older readers may not be familiar with machine gradable answer sheets. They are a huge help to teachers with large classes, especially at crunch times. Scantron answer sheets work only with objective test questions — multiple choice, true/false, or matching. Students darken the bullet of the answer of their choice for each item.

Below is one student's Scantron sheet for the Intro to Communication exam. At the top you can see that he got no answers correct out of 100.

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Michael's professor sent him an e-mail the following day. Here's a paraphrase of it:

Dear Michael,

Every year I attempt to boost my students’ final grades by giving them this relatively simple exam consisting of 100 True/False questions from only 3 chapters of material.

There were two possible answer choices: A (True) and B (False). You chose C for all 100 questions in an obvious attempt to luck out on at least a quarter of the answers.

It’s as if you didn’t look at a single question!

Unfortunately, this brings your final grade in this class to failing. See you in the same class next year.

When I was a sophomore in high school, I began to study French. My English teacher that year was our school's Latin teacher, Miss Luella Moss. (She was so old that we suspected that she helped write the Latin language ... but I digress....). On one of her tests I had no idea what the answer was to one of the questions, so I wrote Je ne sais pas = "I don't know," thinking she wouldn't know what I'd written. Well, Miss Moss wrote back to me Cur non? I had to ask her after class what she had written and learned that it meant "Why not?" I never forgot that lesson in humility.

Here are several tests where the teacher wrote something back to the student.

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When the student folded his test on the dotted line, he found out something about the teacher.

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It helps when the teacher has a good sense of humor, even when he can't give the student credit for the funny answer.

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One class had to make a premise, write a equation about that premise, and then solve it. Here's what a student came up with:

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He was off on the wording of 1 Timothy 6:10, where it says that the love of money is the root of all evil, but his work met with his teacher's approval anyway.

I'll end with this test question and the teacher's reply.

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If you can't get enough of these, I've done a second post of amazing student test answers [1].

I look forward to hearing about your experiences with funny test answers — both as students and as teachers.

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"Successful students get inside their teacher's head; successful teachers help them in." - Dr. Brian Vogt

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Rob

As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.