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Your Best Exam Stories?

Cliff posted more than 8 years ago | from the best-years-of-your-life dept.

Education 247

KevlarGorilla asks: "I'm sure Slashdot users have done their fair share of university exams. A good portion may be going through the process right now. Many tales have been floating around the internet about cheating (successful and not), cram stories, and tales of post-test celebration, most often in the testing room itself. Recall any first-hand experiences and write them down in a few short paragraphs. If you've been waiting to clear your conscience, or share your experiences, now is the time."

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24-hour time (5, Funny)

Blkdeath (530393) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318565)

Whelp, laid down on my couch at approx. 6:30PM the night before a big exam at 8:30 the next morning. Woke up at 8:15, panicked, threw my clothes on and rushed out the door, flew across the highway at breakneck speed, arrived to find an empty campus.

Yep. It was 8:15PM.

Re:24-hour time (4, Interesting)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320622)

My last final of my first quarter of college was calculus. I was doing ok in the class and went out about a half hour before the test started to unlock my bicycle and ride to the test. I got to the bike rack and my bike wasn't there. I ran around for a bit looking for other places I might have placed it until I saw a bit of the lock on the ground where I had actually left it. I then ran in sandals to the final and got there 30 minutes late. Between the running, being upset about being late, and being upset about the bike being stolen I completely bombed it. I got a B- in the class.

It was a year before I took another math class. A friend came by the night before the test and asked me if I would go over the whole course with him since he hadn't gone to class. Teaching someone else really is the best review. I finished a three hour final in 20 minutes. As I walked to the front with my test someone asked, "Are you just giving up?" "I sure am!" I replied. I got a 97.

Later still I had two Portuguese classes on the same day. One was a Phd level course that I was the only undergrad in and I had a presentation to give for a full hour. I spent the entire day preparing for it and skipped my other classes. Two days later I show up in my other Portuguese class which was mostly full of jocks. A girl from the volleyball team asked me if I was dropping the class. I asked why she would think that. "Well, you didn't show up for the mid-term on Tuesday..." I suddenly realized what had happened. I went up to the prof after class and he was very nice about it. He said I could take an oral exam on the spot in place of the midterm. Halfway through my first response he stopped me, told me it was clear that I was the only person in the class that had read the material, and offered me a scholarship to study in Lisbon that summer. I should have skipped more mid-terms...

Bet's off (2, Funny)

cassidyc (167044) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318569)

Not at university, but I finished a computing exam (and passed) with enough time to program my graphics calculator to play a horse racing game, drawing 4 horses and moving them across the screen at a random speed to determine the winner.

Where it not for the fact that you weren`t allowed to talk I'd have taken bets and set up a small gambling stall


Catching a football player cheating off my test (5, Funny)

joelsanda (619660) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318583)

After the trials and tribulation of Junior and High School I've let a sore spot fester into outright derision for football players. The pose far too many challenges to evolutionary theory and intelligent design.

So ... when I realized a football player for my college team was cheating off my psychology exam I intentionally answered the questions in the multiple choice exam the wrong way. For example: I bubbled the answer to Question 3 in the Question 4 area. After I was done the fooooball player took his exam up to the front of the class and then left.

I then went back and re-positioned my responses in the correct place.

After failing the final the fooooball player saw me on campus and asked me what I got. I said "B" - what did you get? He said "A f*@#in F. How'd do you get a B and I got an F?" I said "I studied." He didn't want to admit to cheating so he just glared at me and walked away.

Add that to your play book!

"Help" him cheat with bad answers (4, Interesting)

crimethinker (721591) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319148)

Similar experience, except the doofus whispered a question to me, expecting me to actively assist him. Football players are so stupid, they think that one week after kicking your ass for being smart, you'll actually help them. I'm a little ashamed to admit that I've never really been one of those "turn the other cheek" people.

One particular question was the atomic mass of a particular ion, something involving a few carbon atoms. I gave him the answer, minus about 6. Another question, another ion, I think it was a dichromate, which IIRC has 7 oxygen atoms. You get the wrong answer if you think it only has 4.

In the end, I got 95%, and he scored in the high 50's. I doubt he ever figured out that I had given him deliberately bad answers.

In the end, the coach pressured the teacher to pass him anyway, so he wouldn't lose his academic eligibility. I take great comfort in seeing him now on a Megan's List website for my home state, and his address is listed as "Incarcerated."


Re:Catching a football player cheating off my test (5, Funny)

Havokmon (89874) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319967)

So ... when I realized a football player for my college team was cheating off my psychology exam I intentionally answered the questions in the multiple choice exam the wrong way. For example: I bubbled the answer to Question 3 in the Question 4 area.

He didn't want to admit to cheating so he just glared at me and walked away.

I can one-up you there. I had a kid try and cheat off my on a math test in 7th grade. I changed all my answers so I could quickly fix them after I was done, and turned my test in after he was done copying. The best was on the day we got the tests back, and the teacher called up the cheater to her desk to talk to him. I sat in the back of the room and could hear her: "Jason, I just don't understand how all your answers were off by one."

Re:Catching a football player cheating off my test (1)

joelsanda (619660) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320091)

I can one-up you there. I had a kid try and cheat off my on a math test in 7th grade. I changed all my answers so I could quickly fix them after I was done, and turned my test in after he was done copying. The best was on the day we got the tests back, and the teacher called up the cheater to her desk to talk to him. I sat in the back of the room and could hear her: "Jason, I just don't understand how all your answers were off by one."

Nicely done. All off by one!

Helping a buddy out... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14318615)

My buddy didn't study very well throughout his course on VB... it was an intro programming course for business, and he was a real slacker with the course. I offered to help him study the night before, and he was going through his book from the beginning to try to teach himself VB in 1 night! I reluctantly agreed to help him during his exam, so he was text messaging me the questions from his cellphone and I was sending him answers back from my office over my cell. He failed anyways, because he started calling me and speaking the questions into my voicemail, and his voice was all distorted and I couldn't make him out. He had NO clue what he was answering. I felt guilty for helping him, and I felt instantly better when I found out he failed the exam and course. I will never help anyone do that ever again. I knew it was wrong, and he was a dumbass for going on that fishing trip the weekend before the exam when I told him he should have stayed and studied!

Did I mention that I want to teach programming some day?

I should post this on Grouphug [] !

This past Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (1)

coolguy2k (885942) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318622)

I'm sure as to how amazing this is but i thought i'd give being one of the first posters a try for a change. This past Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday i had 35 pages of writing due for three different classes. Needless to say it has taken me a while to recover.

Re:Spelling retard (1)

coolguy2k (885942) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318692)

See i'm still recovering meant to say ...unsure as to...

Nuclear War What's In It for You. (5, Funny)

Spock the Baptist (455355) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318635)

Back in the day I took a history class that had as a reading assignment the reading of a book entitled "Nuclear War What's In It For You". I didn't read the book but took the test anywho. I ended up making the only 100 on the book exam in any of the history sections that made that assignment. Of course I was probably the only physics, and aerospace major in any of those sections.

The real hoot was that there was a question that ask what the temperature of of nuclear ignition was. I did not know, so I winged it by giving my answer in scientific notation, and Kelvins. My prof. marked it ok if you say so.

I've gotten a lot of laughs over the years from other physics types when I've told the story.

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year

Marijuana and yon beach plus world of warcraft (2, Funny)

Shanoyu (975) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318647)

Okay, well, you know how frequently you see an article written by someone who obviously didn't feel like working very hard for it. For example, a graduate student who comes to find out his term paper is due after spending his semester 'working' on it smoking pot on the beach, ergo he decides to write about a "Freeform Community Art Project" there, by which he means graffiti under a bridge.

By the same token I spent a semester playing World of Warcraft and wrote about how guilds fit the ideal type of a weberian bureaucracy. Apparently it was an A.

in a computer science final.... (1)

gambit3 (463693) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318654)

Assembly programming final, no less...

5 questions, 20 points each.
question number 4, I totally blanked on. I knew it. I knew I knew it, but I just couldn't remember what the answer was. I could picture what page it was in... even what paragraph, because I had highlited that specific passage as a possible question... and I blanked.

So I wrote about blanking during the test. My response was exactly what was going on in my head. What i was thinking. That I could remember knowing it, even where it was, but couldn't remember the actual answer. I could remember the paragraph before it, the paragraph after it, and even quoted the concepts in those paragraphs, but couldn't remember the answer to the specific question the professor was asking. I made it lighthearted, and honest.

And I got 10 out of 20 points. Just for sheer enjoyment of reading the answer, she said.

And a Merry Christmas to all! (No PC greetings here)

Physics final (1)

tom8658 (899280) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318722)

I woke up at 8:02am for my 8am physics final... I have one of those 7-day alarm clocks and accidentally set the alarm for 7:30 Wednesday instead of 7:30 Tuesday. I had the lowest possible A in the class, another 1/10th of a percentage point would have given me a B, so I had to make at least a 180/200 on the final. I was pretty pissed off by the time I got there...

I ran into my TA two days later and asked him how I had done. After I gave him my name he frowned and said something like, "Oh.. I remember your exam... you missed alot of points," He pulled my paper out and showed it to me, "See, you missed a point here and a point here." I got a 99%.

I was really happy with my grade, considering how hopeless I am at rotational dynamics.

Re:Physics final (1)

name773 (696972) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319583)

"I was really happy with my grade, considering how hopeless I am at rotational dynamics."

hey, i just failed a test on that (thankfully not an exam). cheers!

Which story to share... (1)

thephotoman (791574) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318790)

Perhaps I should share the story of the freshman bio (for majors) midterm I took while still drunk from partying the night before and got a B. Or the time when I completely forgot about the existance of blue books until I showed up to an English exam (to my defense, it had been some time since I took a final that wasn't multiple choice, due to being a hard science major).

But yeah, I haven't had many fun exploits.

Re:Which story to share... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14319466)

"Perhaps I should share the story of the freshman bio (for majors) midterm I took while still drunk from partying the night before and got a B"

Sounds very similar to my story, which happened a long, long time ago...

Junior year (I think).... EE 32 something something. Communications Theory, with fourier transforms, convolutions and all that crazy math stuff.
Studied with friends while drinking (they weren't) but soon was drinking far more than studying. Still drunk the morning of the exam, I got an 83/100
which was one of the highest grades in the class. I'm probably still despised to this day for that stunt.

Hard science? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14319776)

Or the time when I completely forgot about the existance of blue books until I showed up to an English exam (to my defense, it had been some time since I took a final that wasn't multiple choice, due to being a hard science major).

"Hard science"? If your tests were multiple choice, I doubt the classes you were taking could be considered "hard science".

Re:Which story to share... (1)

Keebler71 (520908) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319828)

to my defense, it had been some time since I took a final that wasn't multiple choice, due to being a hard science major

Social science is not a "hard science major"

Tossing out the cheater (5, Funny)

ednopantz (467288) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318810)

Story is probably BS, but I like it so much, I'll just pretend it is true.

My college roomate's dad was a math prof at either Penn state or U Penn or one of those. He would teach those enormous 800 student introductory courses. The final was always held in a theater. He would distribute the exams, then hoisting a pair of binoculars and a bullhorn, announce that he was headed up to the balcony and he would be watching everyone like a hawk. Most giggled at the suggestion that he could possibly proctor the exam from a distance, but he kept a serious demeanor.

Twenty minutes into the exam, he would lean over the railing and bellow out through the bullhorn: "You! Row 18, seat 34!! GET OUT!!!!" A stunned student would look guilty, drop his crib sheet, then run out of the room. The students were amazed at the prof's powers of perception and would abandon any thought of cheating.

The "cheater" was always a graduate student hired for the occasion. The prof swore by the method.

Re: Tossing out the cheater (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319868)

> The "cheater" was always a graduate student hired for the occasion. The prof swore by the method.


We had one where the final came in two colors, and the prof insisted on alternating colors for adjacent students.

When we got the exams back we discovered that all the exams were identical.

Not just once (2, Funny)

Apreche (239272) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318817)

I don't have a really good story of a particular exam. But I do remember multiple exams where I finished very very early. Especially if the exam was multiple choice I would finish long before everyone else. I was sometimes wary of handing it in right away, thinking perhaps I missed a page or something, but no. I simply finished really quickly while other people were toiling.

I admit my grades weren't perfect, but I've got a degree and a job. Let that be a lesson to you kids still in school. You're probably putting in too much effort.

Re:Not just once (3, Interesting)

oliana (181649) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318906)

I loved being the girl in the programming courses doing the same thing. It was usually 10:1 guys to gals in them, and I'd wear my shortest skirt and sit the furthest from the door so that when I got done first, I'd have to meander through the tables and chairs to turn in my test.

You know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14319323)

...if you're going to post something like that, it's only fair to link to a photo of yourself so we can judge how much of a distraction you would have been, had we been there.

Then again, once a tease, always a tease.

Re:You know... (1)

oliana (181649) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319413)

It was 10 years ago, and I've lost the ability to distract people with a short skirt. Well the ability to distract people positively with a short skirt. :(

Re:Not just once (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14321252)

Yikes, I TA'ed that class. I remember you. I hope in the intervening time you've mastered both data abstraction and the Brazillian wax.

Re:Not just once (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14320874)

The closest good story I have about an exam involved a physics class on electricity and magnetism and Optics. I walked into class expecting a lecture, since I hadn't remembered about the midterm. I had finished the 6 questions on a two hour exam in 10 minutes. I thought I only got part of the exam, so I decided to just go over the exam and double check my answers first. After another 5 minutes I get up and asked the professor if the exam had only 6 answers. I wanted to turn it in right then, but he looked at me angrily and told be that I had better check the answers. I think some of the students in the front row overheard and looked up. I told him that I had already double checked them once but I went back and checked them again. After another 5 minutes, I just turned it in, told him I had checked my answers a second time and walked out. Most of the other students were dedicated physics majors, but I had the highest score on the exam. I ended up with the highest score in the class at the end. Of course, I only ever have this experience in math and science classes. I have to work on the others, such as history and literature, that require memorization more than mathematical and logical problem solving skills. Thankfully I didn't have too many humanities courses to take. I was never a straight A type of student and I didn't care.

I was working and I was a commuter student, so I didn't really hang out with everyone quite as much. Fortunately, I also knew my CS and EE material, so I didn't have to waste so much time studying. I rarely remembered when I had a "midterm" and just showed up expecting a lecture and completing and turning in my exam first or second. The only class I ever did "poorly" on was the "easy" class that was graded on a curve. I hate professors who don't challenge you and dumb down all the exams (quizes) so that almost everyone got 9 out of 10 points easily, which made 90% a "C". To get an "A" grade, you had to have a perfect score on every single quiz. I didn't learn anything new that class. It was an EE circuit design class, but the quizes tested more on terminology more than actual EE subject matter.

Grades are useless once you enter the "Real World" after you graduate anyway. It might get your foot in the door, but your work ethic and knowledge will be obvious to others. You can spot the lazy idiots in any work environment, just as you can spot the smart and/or hard working people. You may have fooled HR, but you're not fooling your peers. The idiots always stand out to everyone else.

I've seen people cram to get good grades, but still not really know the subject. I've discovered that I really didn't need to cram for any test. Most of the people who cram, don't know the subject in the first place, and after the test, they still don't. If you know the subject already, cramming doesn't help very much. Besides, I had more time for video games that way. A lot of these students chose the major for the money, while I chose it because I enjoyed EE and CS. I had been taking apart and assembling things since grade school. They signed up because they saw money. Fortunately, the majority of them can't cut it and switch majors.

Another reason grades are unimportant are cheaters. Cheaters are obvious to anyone who has ever graded papers. Cheaters are stupid, that's why they cheat. If they were smart, they'd know the subject and not bother to cheat. You can almost always easily identify the cheaters, because their laziness leaps out at you when you have two papers that look completely identical in format. While the final answers to mathematical problems are the same, the exact process and equations and the arrangement on paper are never exactly the same. Even after you've graded several papers before you reach the cheater, an identical paper just jumps out at you. It's like getting a very strong sense of deja vu. You can then immediately go back and find the copy.

Physics, Freshman year, first semester (3, Interesting)

oliana (181649) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318824)

It sucked. I didn't really get it. I hated the prof, he was an idiot who didn't teach. Okay, it's quite possible that he wasn't an idiot, but he sure as heck couldn't teach. When I can't respect a teacher, I don't learn. So it's the final, and I've spend hours upon hours cramming for the test. I'm waiting with friends outside the room and the whole thing totally comes down on me. I'm smart but doing poorly in college, I'm 1000+ miles from home and I most don't want to admit defeat, or be convinced to go back home. At best I can get a B in the class, but I'm totally scared that I don't know enough to pass the final. I'd not gotten a B in a science class since 8th grade (and it's because I had no respect for the teacher then either). So, being a girl, start to cry. I hate the fact that it's so easy to be forced to tears, but there they are, dripping and slipping down my face. My friends (both guys) attempt to comfort me, and I manage to pull myself together and walk into the room dry-eyed.

Then the professor hands out the test.
Page 1, damn.
Page 2, shit.
Page 3, WTF? I hardly recognize anything!
Page 4, tears.

I sniff and snurffle my way through the exam. It's multiple choice, but the way they do the exams, if you don't answer the question you 0 points and if you answer it wrong you get negative points (so guessing is not going to work, even educated guesses are a risk), and the answers are all plausible (which is the most frustrating part.)

I finish, and dry my eyes long enough to turn the test in, the professor totally oblivoius.

A week later when they post the scores, I scroll to my ID, and I got 69%. SIXTY NINE PERCENT? I run to the top of the page to see the average (they grade on a bell curve). 31%. THIRTY ONE PERCENT??

Holy Mother of Physics, I friggin' doubled the AVERAGE? Only three people score higher. Sweet. (Of course, I probably didn't think "sweet" back then, it was over a decade ago.)

Oh, and I cheated on 4th grade spelling tests by sitting on the spelling book and looking at the words between my legs. I can't spell too well these days, so I suffer from that. And I told one person at the time, and somehow she managed to nearly fall out of her chair with the book while attempting to do the same thing. I stopped after that.

Re:Physics, Freshman year, first semester (1)

oliana (181649) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318943)

Just to contrast:
The prior semester's "Physics for Non-Technical Majors" was very different. I was taking the class because I hadn't decided on my major and a general business degree didn't need the calculus based physics. It was SOOOOOO easy.

The first exam, I finish in about 7 minutes. When I walked down the stairs (one of those 500 seat theater-style classrooms) the TA thought I was going to ask a question. He was all, "Yes?" And I was all, "I'm done." And he was all, "Oh! Okay."

Got 100.

Best final exam? (2, Interesting)

Pfhor (40220) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318879)

Last exam for my last class of my last semester. Anthro course. Loved the material, the professor was a genius, so the test was easy. Brought in a nip of whiskey (mm bushmills) and had it sitting on my desk throughout the entire test. Took me about 20 minutes to finish. Drank the whiskey, handed in my test, walked out. This was not a large class, maybe 20 students in total, and I was in the front row. Not that great of a celebration, but I was done, done, done with my time in undergrad. At some point i've been told to go onto grad school for Ph. D. or masters, but I think that can wait for a few more years.

Real use for a #2 Pencil (4, Interesting)

ZekeSMZ (874386) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318963)

My neighbor showed me this back in 8th grade - he swore by this method. Take a wooden #2 pencil, and use a razor blade to slice it in half. Tape the two halves together on one side, so the pencil can be flipped open and closed. Write out whatever kind of crib sheet you need on mailing labels (in the smallest type you can). Then stick the label inside the pencil, and use the blade to trim off any excess label margins. Bring the pencil to your exam, and when the teacher isn't looking - flip it open to consult your notes. He claims he was never busted using this method...

Re:Real use for a #2 Pencil (4, Funny)

cshoes (459798) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319553)

God damnit, you couldn't have posted this 15 years ago for me? That's the kind of thinking that gets people nobel prizes.

Re:Real use for a #2 Pencil (1)

rleibman (622895) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319891)

For my best crib sheets I'd use two toothpicks and a couple of orthodontics rubber bands (you know, the very small ones). I'd then cut a strip of paper (the thinest you can find) to match the toothpick's length, write whatever I needed on it (or printing it with the smallest legible font, once computers were available) and roll it in each of the tootpicks, like little scrolls. They were very easy to take out and use and really hard to see by the teacher. Of course, the act of figuring out what to put in them was all I needed most of the time to study, so I'd rarely had to use them myself. But they were a great side business in high school!
Now-a-days I justify this to myself saying that the kind of class (or professor) that requires this kind of thing (learning by rote memorization) is stupid anyway, and nothing good can come from craming to memorize something you'll forget 10 minutes after the exam. I compare this to a history teacher I had that let us open the textbook on exams, but the questions were really hard and thought provoking.

I remember I aced one... (5, Funny)

DamienMcKenna (181101) | more than 8 years ago | (#14318978)

I remember one time I actually studied and got an A. I was so totally shocked and wondered why I hadn't done that for the previous twenty years.

Re:I remember I aced one... (1)

KurdtX (207196) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320949)

I remember one time I actually didn't study and got an A. I was so totally shocked and wondered why I had done that for the previous 20 years.

Then I realized "oh yeah, I'm a Nerd"....

GRE (Graduate Record Exam, for those non-USians) (1)

I_M_Noman (653982) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319028)

I was a music major in college, and I wanted to go to grad school. The music GRE was not being offered at my school, but it was being offered at the university near where my girlfriend grew up. We decided to drive there so I could take the test while she visited with her parents. The problem was that the test was at 8am Saturday morning, and I had the final night of Madrigal Dinners to sing at until 11pm Friday. So she drove all night across two states, dropped me off at the exam, went to her sister's house, and fell asleep for 6 hours while I stared uncomprehendingly at the test questions.

Good times.

Needless to say, I did not do well on the exam, and I didn't go to grad school either.

physics test... (4, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319088)

Okay, so I'm taking a test in an advanced physics class. This teacher _really_ has it out for me, and my so-called 'attitude.' I don't suck up to him, and I'm a bit of a smartass, and he's got a bit of a problem with that. Anyway, he told me in no uncertain terms that no matter how well I did on the test, I was gonna flunk. But I took it anyway, and found it a very easy test. I wrote, "I aced this!" on the test before I handed it in, and I also put an apple on his desk that was boobytrapped to explode slightly after a small jarring motion (I knew he'd just throw it in the trashcan after I left).

Oh, wait, that was a movie I saw.

Uhhh...nevermind, then.

Crib sheets (1)

sigjuice (769539) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319118)

It turned out that each time I wrote a crib sheet, I didn't need it. The careful and tiny writing made me remember!

Caught cheating (1)

fishybell (516991) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319159)

My older brother teaches a 100 level math class at BYU. This is his first semester teaching, and he's already caught 2 kids cheating. He didn't even need to see them cheating to prove that they did it.

Since the testing center keeps track of how long it took each student to take the test, he likes to laugh (hopefully not in the presence of his students) at how everyone who takes less than 20 minutes is always in the 0-30% range. Well, come finals time he noticed that he had a kid who got 98% (49/50) on the final in sixteen minutes. Amazing! ...wait... this student has been failing all semester. I guess they must have really crammed hard right? Nope. Look here, it's the kid's brother's score from the previous night: 1 hour 30 minutes, 49/50. Coincidence? Maybe...oh wait, they missed the exact same problem. Better luck next time cheaters.

Unfortunately my brother went soft on them and just threw the final out for both of them. The dumb kid failed as he should have, but the "smart" kid got an A or an A- (I don't recall). I say fail 'em both. At least the cheating will be on their record, and if caught again, they'll be kicked out.

Re:Caught cheating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14319322)

ive had classes where i finished a 80 questions in 11 minutes. I hardly ever showed up too.

oh and i got the extra credit questions resulting of an average test score of 107%

Re:Caught cheating (3, Insightful)

rleibman (622895) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320053)

In response to all of those who are against cheating... I dislike cheating as well, its dishonest. But we must really ask ourselves what kind of educational system we have that makes kids WANT to cheat. Instead of fostering a system in which education is a fun and enjoyable activity we promote one where kids fill a pressure to pass: passing becomes more important than learning. On the one hand I think that honesty is an important value that must be supported, but a part of me says: let them cheat, they'll soon enough encounter the real world and figure out what they really needed to know and what they didn't.
Looking back on my school days, I remember often doing exams "in group", where we'll take a crack at the exams and compare answers, learning how to work with other people under pressure was (I now think) more important than knowing how to figure out complicated integrals alone (and when was the last time I did that). If caught, this kind of thing is considered cheating. I used to not like school that much, until the point where courses got difficult enough that other students were there because they wanted to; difficult enough that we could bring out calculators and text books in the exams and still spend 8 hours doing them (I distinctly remember some EE Linear Control exams). The teacher would let us take smoking breaks and bring lunch. Copying someone elses exam wasn't an option, because of the pages and pages of calculations we had to show for our efforts.

Re:Caught cheating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14321139)

Lazy and/or stupid people cheat because they think grades are important. It's because the educational system uses grades to determine whether you can go to college and later into graduate school. It's just that with so many student applicants, it's the simplest, not necessarily the best, method to determine eligibility.

Grades are not really that important for anything else in life. It might have been important that year, but years later, nobody give a fuck about your grade later in life. It might impress HR people to get your foot in the door, but your coworkers(e.g. peers) will always know whether or not you are an idiot.

Re:Caught cheating (1)

drpentode (586437) | more than 8 years ago | (#14321301)

That reminds me of when I took the ITBS in fifth grade. The teacher said that no one, absolutely no one, would be able to complete the math section early. It was too hard. She didn't want to see anyone finish early. I finished in five minutes. I scored in the 99th percentile. :)

Annoying question (1)

phill7 (927623) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319169)

I had a chemistry exam once. One of the question was sounding like "Why is some element behave this way while the rule tells that it sould behaves some other way like all the others". I didn't know the answer and was really fustrated after this &?%$?* element that I've never heard of.

So, rather angry, I answered: "to be able to ask questions that nobody can answer!"

The day after, my teacher came to see me personnally at my desk, with a big smile in her face, and told me that it was very rare to make a teacher laugh while making a chemistry exam correction.

Too bad though, I didn't get a better note for it.

Algebra Test Freak Out (1)

shane_rimmer (622400) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319188)

Everybody is settling down for the last algebra test of the semester before the final when the woman in front of me turns around and asks why she missed a problem on the previous test:

-x^2 (x=2) => -4

She had answered a positive 4, and I told her it was an order of operations issue. I reminded her of the "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" stuff. I even showed her the expanded version of the problem: -1 * x^2. She completely freaked out, and nobody around her could calm her down.

Anyway, the test is handed out, and I notice that she is not working on it. A few minutes later, she reached into her backpack and pulled out a textbook for antother class. 10 minutes later, she walked out of the class, and did not return for the remainder of the semester, nor was she there for the final.

Wrong room (2, Interesting)

Asgard (60200) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319208)

I once thought I'd take a short nap before a college final since I had studied for it and was tired. Woke up 15 minutes after the test started (oops, set the alarm clock for PM not AM) and ran across campus to room X. Got to room X and the test was for the right class, but wrong section. Turns out my test was in some other buildingbuilding, same room #. Flew back to my room to find the right building, then back across campus to furiously complete the test. Scored respectably, have had occasional nightmares ever since :>. I practically tattooed the finals location on myself for every subsequent final, and took NO naps prior to them.

Re:Wrong room (1)

tom8658 (899280) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319315)

My friend at OSU did a similar thing, he was studying in the hall before his sociology midterm after pulling an all-nighter, and fell asleep. The rest of the class in the hall went in and left him sleeping in the hall.

Re:Wrong room (1)

plsander (30907) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319567)

Sophmore year at Ga Tech I had a math final (Calculus of Vectors and Spaces aka Magic Math ). The final was scheduled for 8am in Skiles -- the most sterotypical faceless classroom building on campus -- in a room on the third floor. Skiles is set into a hill - depending on which entrance you use, the third floor can be between one and four flights of stairs up, and the room layouts are pretty much identical from floor to floor.

So I go into the room, sit down... Don't recognize the other students sitting near me. They look a little older than me too... Prof hands out the test and we begin. I page through the test and the cold realization that while I understand the symbols, I have no idea what the mean when put together in that particular order. Then I realize that I am in the graduate section final room -- my section is up one more flight of stairs.

CS finals (1)

Codename_V (813328) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319251)

Best story I have, I stood outside for around 15 minutes or so one time before I finally realized my final was already taking place inside.

But, I really like the story one of my professors told me. He had studied all night for one of his finals and was pretty much dead tired when he took it. But even though he was so tired, he's a pretty bright guy, so things were going along pretty well and right in the middle of the thing he decided to rest his eyes for a moment. Next thing he knows the professor is shaking him on his shoulder to wake him up and tell him the exam is over. Ouch.

Exemption from final (1)

rubicon7 (51782) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319316)

This semester marks the first time that I've ever been exempted from taking the final exam for a course. The professor (for some reason) grades on either the mid-term or the final - odd in my experience, but I'm not complaining, since I aced the mid-term.

Might not be too exciting for some, but absolutely qualifies as a "best exam story" for me!

3rd year EE computer architecture finals... (1)

eXtro (258933) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319382)

I arrive at the exam, sit down and once the professor says to start I take the exam out of the envelope and page through it planning my attack. There's maybe 8 pages, I'm looking over page 6 when the prof says "30 minutes, 30 minutes left."

I fell asleep - for 2.5 hours during a 3 hour exam.

AP Economics Exam (1)

palpasphere (795757) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319395)

The high school AP Economics exam (like all AP exams) has two sections: multiple choice and short answer. Inbetween the sections we were allowed a half an hour break so we could eat and relax a bit. During this time in my adolesence I carried around a deck of card with me wherever I went, so I decided that now would be as good of a time as any to start a blackjack table in the middle of the concourse area. It was quite a hit among everyone there, and even my economics teacher got in on the fun. Nothing is quite as entertaining as a table of six high school kids getting revenge on their AP Economics teacher for making them take that stupid exam by kicking his ass in blackjack. Later on, during the short answer portion of the test, I had no clue regarding two of the questions, so I drew out a tic-tac-toe board and put an X in the middle and said "Mail me back with your move." and wrote my address next to it. Sadly, I never got a response. That would have been awesome.

CDN Military History (1)

Lazbien (788979) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319434)

This past semester I thought it would be a good idea to broaden my horizons and take a Canadian Military History course. While the course was very interesting, the prof was the one who had written the text book - and all answers contrary to his were wrong.

As such, when it came time for the final question "Were the Canadian bombing campaigns against Germany a demonstrably justified use of resources and lives" I immediately recalled his lecture. But, in my 8:00 a.m., Saturday morning, stupor, I decided not only to answer the question, but to provide a recommendation of what the Canadians should have done - invested in a Super Soldier program.

Yes, that's right, I told the prof that the Canadians should have created their own Captain America. I proceeded on for about 500 words to weigh the merits, benefits, and costs of developing the Canadian equivalent to Captain America (Captain Canuck was not what I recommended... stupid 70s trash).

Not only was I the second person to hand my final in, but I received an A for that answer.

I guess the prof loves the MarvelVerse just as much as I do :-)

Bogus SAT 800 (1)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319441)

When I took SAT scores, way back in 1969, you paid for them in sets of three, and there were only 5 I wanted or needed to take. So I signed up for Math II, why not, if I was paying for six tests, I was damn well going to take six tests!

Skipped many questions going for the ones I knew. It was common knowledge that skipped questions did not coutn, only wrong answers. One I guessed at, and remembered it well enough to ask my math teacher. He showed me and I had guessed wrong.

But when the scores came in, I got 800 (perfect; SAT scores range from 200 to 800) on Math II. Not on Math I, and not on any of the other 4 tests, only on Math II. I told the counselor it was wrong. He called me back a few days later, they claimed they had hand scored it, and yes I got 800.

Haven't had much faith in big automated tests since.

Re:Bogus SAT 800 (1)

Josh Booth (588074) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320108)

You don't have to answer everything right on the SAT's to get an 800. They grade on a curve on a scale from 0 to 1000 and throw out the lowest and highest 200.

Invisible Ink Cheatsheets (1)

FFFish (7567) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319464)

Hey, it worked.

Re:Invisible Ink Cheatsheets (5, Funny)

tehshen (794722) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319704)

Re: Invisible Ink Cheatsheets (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319791)

> Hey, it worked.

In principle, yes, but my teachers would never let me pour the milk and light the candle during the exam.

Re:Invisible Ink Cheatsheets (2, Interesting)

Keebler71 (520908) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320182)

Somewhat related but not really cheating... as a physics major in college we were often allowed one sheet of notes to use in an exam. The profs were usually pretty savy so they would be very clear that it had to be 8.5" x 11" and they oftentimes further stipulated that you could only use one side. I don't remember if I came up with this or if someone showed me but somewhere along the line I started using colored pencils to write on my gouge sheets. Using colored pencils, you can actually layer information on your gouge sheet. I recommend using a moderately dark color(graphite, blue, green, brown) for the bulk of your notes (text, equations, etc) and then adding layers of lighter colors (yellow, light green, light orange) over the darker colors. I also recommend you save the higher layers for things like figures and example plots, right over your previous notes. It looks a little busy, but you would be amazed at how easy your brain can pick out the information when it is color coded! Play with the color combinations a bit first (RGB work well). Sorry in advance if anyone out there is color blind...

General Education Class (2, Interesting)

shagism (889287) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319493)

For one particularly dumb class the professor gave us all, ~300, a packet of multiple choice questions, ~100, from which the test questions will be taken. I had no interest in this class and so did not even look at the booklet. However, my friend had completed every question and highlited the answers in yellow. Ten minutes before the test I quickly read the questions and memorized the overall position of the yellow line. I took very little time to finish the test and recieved a B without actually learning/reading the answers to the test.

Am I missing something? (1)

daedalus-prime (854575) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319558)

When I was working on my BS degree, I took a core graduate course without several of the pre-requesites. When it came to the first exam, it was easy and I finished in about 30 minutes. I was a bit nervous though because everyone else was working away and no-one had turned their exam in. Well, I spent another 10-15 minutes going back over my answers, wondering if I had missed a page or something. Finally, I turned it in and left the classroom. I hung around and saw people trickling out in another half hour...

Turns out I really did have a better handle on the material than anyone else. I got the high score...

Physics II Final (1)

Omega1045 (584264) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319578)

I was not a stellar student in college, but I really seemed to nail Physics I and Physics II. For the Physics II final we got a copy of the previous semester's final from a friend. We studied it head to toe. And for once I actually went through all of my previous exams, quizzes and homework and redid every problem.

When it came time for the final, I went in with a felt-tip pen (not pencil), was the first finished, and aced the f@#cker, 100%. I did not have to cross out a single thing, I just did all 8 pages of it straight through. I did not miss a single point on any of my equations, drawings, answers, nada! It is one of the few shining moments in my academic career. Whenever someone brings up that I took Calc III three times (I dropped it twice), I recite this story.

Remember those gigantic coffee mugs? (1)

Alexious (940833) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319593)

I was taking a fairly easy class in Shakespeare to fill in the good ol' humanities requirement several years ago. Well a friend and I were done with all of our finals except this one. Summer was around the corner and we wanted this two hour exam to fly by... so, naturally, we decided to bring beer. After having a couple of beers as a primer, we filled 2 of those huge 64 oz. coffee mugs, that were SO trendy back then, with Henry Weinhard's and off we went to our 10 am final. I'm fairly certain our good mood was a dead give away, but the professor didn't say anything. Anyway, it made the whole experience much more pleasant. IMHO, being somewhat drunk might actually be a plus for an essay type exam. It loosens your tongue so that you can write what you are really thinking. Needless to say, I got an 87 and have been telling this story proudly ever since.

High school bonehead government class (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319605)

The final and the homework were equivalent points- and I only needed 29 more points for an A, out of 100 multiple guess questions scored on a scantron machine. So I did the ultimate nerdy thing- brought in a ruler with my #2 pencil, answered the first 29 questions very carefully, then took a ruler and marked "C" for the rest. Final score was 73%.

Re:High school bonehead government class (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320760)

multiple guess questions

I had a teacher that said this. Makes me crazy. You only get one guess per question. It is a multiple guess test, but they aren't multiple guess questions!


Two stories (1)

extremescholar (714216) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319630)

Best Semetester
At least once during every semester, I would suggest that we adjourn class and re-convene at a local drinking establishment. No one has ever to take me up on the suggestion. However, once after a final, some of the students were going to said drinking establishment to celebrate. We invited the Prof, and he accepted and came along for a few beverages.

Worst Semester
Finals during my freshman year. During finals week, a few of us guys drove from Kansas to Iowa for a party that some girl invited us to (Geeks will go to great lenthgs for women). Broke down in Elk Horn Iowa looking for gas. Whilest waiting for the local gas station to open we engaged in some nefarious activities. We ended up drink Moose Head beer in Elk Horn Iowa. After gassing up, we went on to the party. Next day we drive back. This is the semester I ended up with a 0.700 GPA. I flunked 10 out of 16 hours, but damn did I have fun.

OD on No-Doze before essay exams not good (1)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319673)

The night before his English Lit class, one of the morons on our dorm floor had to cram all night long since he hadn't done any of the reading or assignments for the class all semester long. I don't know how many of those No-Doze caffeine/uppers pills he took. All I know is that he had overdosed so badly that his hands wouldn't stop shaking. He found it quite difficult to write essays in the blue book with his hands spasming the entire time.

Remeber kids, use drugs with care. They aren't candy.


HS English Test (1)

kannibal_klown (531544) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319735)

Not an exam perse, but still funny.

Back in my junior year in High School, I was out sick for a week. During that week the teacher had mentioned a test: we'd have to read a play (I think any American-written play) and we'd be given a test on it. Well, this message didn't get back to me and we didn't discuss it during the few days I was back from my sick leave.

A few minutes before class I see EVERYONE reading a different paperback book and I realize something's off. I ask around, and I find out a test is today. Uh-oh.

Just as we were about to walk in a friend of mine said the teacher allowed him to use the screen play for Twister. I figure I might as well use that since I saw it in the theater a few weeks ago.

I get the test and answer the long essay questions, character questions, etc. I spend more time on the Romance and friendship angle than the flying cows and such.

A week goes by and we get the results. I get a B while my friend got a C-. He told her in front of everyone that was "BS! He didn't even know about the test until just before class and such. She said I answered everything thoroughly and was apparently a good BS artist.

All-in-all, I'd say I lucked out pretty well.

Flunk city (1)

Grab (126025) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319743)

If you're going to fail anyway, decide to do so beforehand. It saves you all that worry.

When it came to revision time, me and my best mate at uni had a choice. We could spend 4 weeks straight learning crystal structures and other shit for Materials, and we might scrape 50% in that one exam. Or we could spend that time revising everything else, and pass overall. Simple decision really. So come exam day, it was in there, names on papers, wait the required 15 minutes, walk out again, enjoy the sunshine.

As for horror stories, the whole course was shit. If anyone went to Loughborough University to do Elec Eng, do they have a decent course these days? cos when I was there 8 years back, if you weren't there to study power electronics then you were wasting your time. Of course, this didn't become apparent until you got to the 3rd year and found that there were precisely 3 modules related to embedded software and systems (for reference, a Masters course requires 10 modules). Oh, and a compulsory course in Materials (WTF?) was a double-weighting course at at time when you're choosing your options - great for anyone doing transistor design, but crap for everyone else.

That year, I'd had enough. I finally cracked, and went and told the head of my department that this course was doing nothing for me. I told him that I'd specifically come to uni to get the knowledge I'd need to work in embedded software and embedded control, and the course was failing to do this. And this guy's answer? "We will teach you what we think you should know, not what will be useful to you." Word for word from the head of an engineering department, I shit you not.

The moral of the story? Before you apply for a course, insist on getting the lists of final-year module options *before* you go there. It'll save lots of grief later.


Showed up late (1)

yamla (136560) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319774)

I showed up five minutes late to a psychology final in university. Seven minutes later, I had completed the exam (I was the first person in the class of about four hundred to do so). The exam was multiple choice. So I handed it in. I didn't do wonderfully in the class but I certainly did well above average.

Another time, I was trying to get my friends to buy me alcohol before writing a programming final. I promised to drink all they'd buy me, then go write the exam. I picked my friends well, though, and nobody took me up on the offer. I ended up with the highest grade in the class and probably would have got an 8 instead of a 9 had I written the exam while drunk.

In one of my math classes, I totally forgot how to do matrix math. Gone, out of my head as soon as I sat down. Every question involved matrix math so I ended up having to solve every freakin' question long hand. Luckily, no points were given for HOW you answered the question, though you did have to show your work. I ended up getting one of the highest marks for the class, pulling my grade well above the possible fail I was half expecting.

One other time, I was half an hour in to the exam and all I had was my name on top of each of the answer pages. I couldn't get a single question. [sigh]

Came down with Flu during Physics Final (1)

cbm_dude (749668) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319803)

UIUC, Champaign, December, 1990, Physics III (Quantum Theory, etc.) 3 hour final. Crammed all night for test, a bit shaky on the concepts. 8AM final at Loomis (I think that is the name) Physics lecture Hall. Arrived, started the final, which is designed to take all 3 hours. All multiple-choice, with those funky machine readable exam sheets. 15 minutes in, started feeling VERY poorly. As it is Winter, I'm coming down with something. I soon determine I am going down for the count. Cannot concentrate on exam, so start filling in ovals with words made up of A,B,C,D,E. "Finished" the exam at 8:30AM, Walked all the way down to the front (I had sat in the nosebleed section, and the lecture hall is VERY steep, you know what I mean) and handed in the exam, smiled at the TA, turned around and looked up to see LOTS of students looking at me with amazement, jealousy, or outright anger. Walked up to exits, drug myself back to Allen Hall, crashed and slept for the next 16 hours. Received a 'C' on the exam, and an 'A' for the class, if I recall.

I always wanted to hand in an exam incredibly early, but am not THAT intelligent. Still, all my friends in the class were AMAZED I was able to tackle Quantum Theory in 30 minutes, at least until I told them the complete story.


The Surreal Exam (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14319811)

Posting as AC since I don't know who might read this.

Before one particular mid-term, I needed to stay up all night studying. Figured I'd take 1/4 tab of acid to keep me alert and wired. It worked, but exam time came around, and my head was still swimming.

That was the most fun I'd during an exam, and the kicker was - I only scored 1 percentage point lower than my buddy who was quite envious.

best class ever (1)

digga (735873) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319878)

The University that I attended, offered a simple VB class for non-CS majors intended to teach students simple progammings skills. Most of those who where enrolled were in the Aviation program. As a Senior CS major, I took the class for an easy A. I showed up on the first day of class to get the syllabus and turned homework and extra credit in via email. The only other two times I showed was for the mid-term and final. (both were a breeze, in and out in less then 20 minutes for a 2 hour test). Ended up with a 112% (extra credit added in). So much for the curve....

Luck favors the prepared (1)

bobetov (448774) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319921)

So I took a course back in the day that was meant as a way of convincing promising students to pursue a career in Chemistry. Instead of the usual boring intro to Chem class, this one had us performing MRIs on unknown chemicals, learning the basics of quantum theory... the works. Very, very interesting. And incidentally, bizarrely difficult.

So, around comes finals time. We file in, grab our little blue books and about 40 pages of exam, and we're off and running. The first half of the test is your standard questions covering concepts and material from the class. I'm doing ok, feeling pretty good about myself. Furious scribbling is going on around me as we all work through the exam.

Next comes the second half of the exam. In this section (the page explains), a newly discovered chemical will be presented, and we're expected to use our knowledge of chemistry to figure out how it behaves, etc. This sounds very tricky. With some trepidation, I turn the page to discover what this molecule is.

And break up laughing. Snorting, really. People turn to look at me, wondering if I'm cracking under the pressure. I laugh some more to myself, fill out the rest of the exam book in record time, and head out whistling, the first student to do so, 45 minutes before the end of the exam.

Why did I laugh, you wonder? A little back story is in order. For three summers before going off to college, I had been working as a research assistant at what was then Bell Labs, working in organic chemistry. The molecule we were given to explain was none other than Buckminsterfullerene, the subject of my lab's study.

What would you expect it to look like in solution? Well, a nice deep purple is how I remember it.

How would you go about separating it out of the carbon soot it forms in? Here, let me draw you a diagram of our extraction system...

How do you think it would behave when doped with alkali metals? How about I quote from the paper I coauthored?

Luckiest damn thing that has ever happened to me. I felt a little guilty of course, but not so much that I made a big deal about it. It's not my fault that when I cited my research by name, the grader assumed it was my dad. ;-)

Waking up late (2, Funny)

Kufat (563166) | more than 8 years ago | (#14319946)

During my freshman year at RIT, I lived in a rather tiny dorm room. I kept my alarm clock on my bed, and one morning, the morning of a big CS exam, it got lodged between my bed and the wall, in such a manner that the snooze button was held down. I woke up about a minute into the exam, threw on some clothes, and hopped on a shuttle bus that was right outside my dorm. I got into the 1-hour test about 15 minutes late and was still the first one done. (I got a grade in the high 90's.)

(That was also the same class where the professor once checked his e-mail on the projector and a message with a From: line of was visible.)

A Few Stories (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14319970)

1) In a highschool physics course we were writing a test and my freind behind him was comparing answers (which would be cheating) with mine and then get to one question and hear my freind behind me wisper "You might wanna double check q3", and sure enough I had it wrong so I fixed it and saved myself the mark or two.

2) In this same class we had another test, and all the people who had a hope of passing finished halfway though, so we started talking to each other and then started playing pictionary with the teacher. Meanwhile the others in the class were trying to cheat off eachother but they didn't know the answers so it didn't help any of them.

3) In one of my first year calc courses, I thought I had done poorly on the midterm and was pissed off at this one proof question because I couldn't get the right answer but couldn't figure out my mistake. Then we got the marks and I noticed I did a lot better than expected and saw a question with marks 15/10, so i thought there was a mistake with marking, but someone pointed out I was probably the one person the prof said got the answer out of 300, because the question turned out to be incorrect. So I got bonus marks for proving the question wrong.

VA Tech Econ Department (2, Funny)

Don'tTreadOnMe (686201) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320004)

I was attending grad school at Virginia Tech, working towards a PhD in Economics (no, I never finished it).

The professors there relished their difficult exams. Every exam was scheduled to take 2 hours. But they would let us all stay and keep working on the exams well after the time period was up. I remember one micro-economics exam that took 7 hours. Seven hours!

During that exam, I noticed that the two Lithuanians kept getting up to go to the bathroom. Turned out they were writing answers on the stall walls and trading them.

Meanwhile, a Chinese student in the back corner kept fiddling with her paper. Va Tech is on the Honor System, so the prof kept leaving the room, and wasn't there for large chunks of time. Someone finally complained to him about the Chinese girl, and sure enough, she had all of her notes from the semester out, and claimed she was using the back of them for scratch paper.

So the prof took them to make an Honor Court case.

Later that night, Chinese girl and her buddy sneak into the prof's office and take the evidence !

I found out about this later because I was sitting on the Honor Court, and as I started hearing about the case, a bell went off in my head. "Umm, is this about the graduate Econ department?"

Honor Court: "Why, yes it is. How did you know?"

Me: "Because I am in that department. I'd heard rumors. I know these people."

Honor Court: "Oh, well then you should leave. Sorry!"

I always find it amusing that the Chinese girl transferred to the Marketing department, where I guess they don't care so much about cheating.

basic data structurs class (1)

AngstAndGuitar (732149) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320087)

Our instructor arived nearly 2 hours late to the final, stinking of alcohol, and turned it into a takehome with a week to work on it. Not that it would have been at all difficult to do in two hours in class though. It's now long ago enough that I can't get in trouble, so... though I'm not proud of it, I also wrote entirely seperate answers to the final for my then-girlfriend, something I'd never have been able to do if the instructor had been watching.
yeah, she plagerized her way through school.
I think now she's an aeronautical engineer... which makes me afraid to fly on new planes.

More recently, and quite embarasingly, I left some big problems on a LISP exam "for later", got really engrosed in the last (and biggest) problem on the exam, and after finishing that, forgot to go back and do the other, I lost 15% or so for that (doh!)

Invisible Man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14320103)

AP English test with an essay question: discuss the author's use of and attitude towards violence in any one of several novels.

I had taken AP English, but had hated all of the recommended reading (Hemingway, the Great Gatsby, etc.) So I was unfamiliar with all the novels on the test list, except one...the Invisible Man.

Hey, I thought to myself, I read that one a few years ago, by H.G. Wells. So I wrote this long essay about the dude who drank this potion, became invisible, then snuck around for a while until he started getting mentally unstable and beating up on people.

I was proud of the essay -- a fine piece of work, if I do say so myself. Then after the test, I found out they weren't talking about The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells...they meant The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, a book about the African-American experience in post-Civil-War America.

I passed the test (barely) with a 3/5. The essay question was worth 1 all by itself, so I'm sure it scored a zero.

Somewhere, some English professor had a good chuckle grading my test...

How to take an exam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14320133)

I've been pretty succesful academically (highest honors etc.), and the one thing which has remained constant for me is one part of my test taking strategy. It's quite simple, never, ever walk into the exam on time. Always get there 5 minutes late when everyone is calm and quiet.

Ripping GRE Scores (1)

Don'tTreadOnMe (686201) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320181)

So there I was, living in South Dakota, working in restaurants, thinking that my brain was atrophying. It was.

So I decided to take the GRE's and see about grad school, to try to keep my grey matter nimble. I read one of those guides, it seemed straight-forward, so I signed up.

I had to drive out to Sheridan, WY to take the test, since they weren't offering one in SD anytime soon. I drove out the night before, found a hotel, and drove around looking for a place to have a nice leisurely dinner, maybe a glass of wine, relax, and then get a good night's sleep.

I saw the "Beaver Creek Saloon", clearly an upstanding establishment, judging by the very shiny signs and exterior. I walked up, pulled open the door, and saw: A bar, not a restaurant. (Ok, the name saloon should have clued me in). It was full of bikers and hippies, all having a good time, and staring at the door to see who the hell was coming in.

Not a tourist joint. Very much a local joint.

So, doing what I had to, I walked in. Ordered a Pabst Blue Ribbon. ("Heinekin? F&^k that sh*t! Pabst Blue Ribbon, boy!")

Many adventures ensued, including my first pickled egg, a tiger tattoo on a woman named Cheyenne, a near brawl at a nearby cowboy bar, and other tales unrelated to the test.

Needless to say, I had no dinner, no glass of wine. But I did have a lot of beer, and then made it back to the hotel.

I got up the next day, hit a Perkins where I consumed a pitcher of coffee, a pitcher of orange juice, 6 egg yolks, and a piece of toast.

I shakily walked into the test, sat down, and blasted through it. I figured I did all right.

My test scores came back: I'd aced the quantitative and analytical sections, and nearly aced the verbal. 99th percentile. Holy crap!

So I went to Kaplan and taught GRE classes for awhile.

I'm pretty sure standardized exams are a load of crap.

Had to take the GRE's back in the late '80's... (1)

jbarr (2233) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320238)

The general format was four sections: I believe one was verbal, one mathematical, and one analytical, plus an "extra" fourth secection which was just another verbal or mathematical or analytical section--I got analytical as the fourth section.

I don't know which of the two analytical sections actually "counted" toward my final score. One section was quite hard, and the second was amazingly easy, so the answer may be obvious, but I don't know for sure. My resulting score on the analytical section was very, very high, but I still have no way of knowing for sure which section was counted.

So, unfortunately no antics here other than to have rejoiced with a much higher-than-expected score!

Not an exam, but a paper (1)

sootman (158191) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320243)

In high school, we had an assignment to do a 3-page paper about some Shakespeare story. I forget which one, but it involved some characters overhearing part of a conversation and getting the wrong idea. (It goes without saying that I didn't read the book/play/story/whatever.) I wrote a 2 and 1/3-page paper based mostly on what the teacher said in class* and made comparisons to the sitcom "3's Company" which often relied on the partially-overheard-conversation as a plot device.

Not only did that paper garner an honest-to-God "A+" but the teacher photocopied it, handed it out to the class, and spent a period discussing it as an example of how to write a good paper.

* I think I also used Cliff Notes. You know those? You know how they also have an extra-extra short (3-4 page) summary in the beginning? I think I skimmed that. God am I lazy.

Did a "sting" with a teacher in HS (1)

jbarr (2233) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320310)

In a Spanish class in HS, my teacher suspected that a student sitting next to me was cheating, so he asked me if I would intentionally answer several questions incorrectly in a pre-determined way. I did so, and when he compared my answers with the guy sitting next to me, it was obvious that he cheated....and these were fill-in answers, not multiple-choice, so the cheating wasvery, vey obvious.

The guy threatened to kick my butt after class, but we worked it out and eventually became friends!

...yeah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14320543)

I had a programming languages final at 8:00AM, a class I had been doing reasonably well in, though not stellar (professor always gave Y points worth of questions, but only ever expected anyone to do Y/2 worth of work, great for choice, all hard problems).

The night before, a nice young lady was staying over, and we were occupied until around 3AM. I went to sleep but forgot to set the alarm...

8:15AM rolled around, I check the clock, leap up, put on rollerblades, skate across campus to class, and get there at 8:30 to chuckles from everyone (including my next door neighbor). I finished by 9:45, completing 3Y/4 worth of work, getting 5Y/8 points correct. I got an A in the course.

Not a bad way to finish a semester.

so relaxed (1)

CAPSLOCK2000 (27149) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320610)

After a night of smoking pot instead of sleeping I arrived at school to learn that I had to do a presentation.
The presentation would start within the hour and had to be in english (I'm Dutch). To add to the misery they brought in a Real English Lady(tm) to evaluate our language skills.
The only good news was that I had to talk about "The history of the Internet".
I spent my last minutes with Google, looking up dates and names before I had to start, still as stoned as an elephant.
I did talk, amazing myself about the number of odd little facts I knew about the Internet, and received perfect marks. I was complimented for my excellent preperation, the great structure of my presentation (chronological :), my near perfect english pronounciation (this one still amazes me the most) and for being so completly relaxed...

Get over it already (2, Funny)

j-cloth (862412) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320699)

High school physics taught by a phys ed teacher. We were doing vectors and the examples leading up to the exam were things like "Plane goes 300mph max, 50mph headwind, what's the groundspeed". Teacher made up his own question for the exam -- something like "dude can bike 30kph max, how fast does he go into a 5kph wind" I knew he wanted 25, but that is clearly not the true answer so I said "something less than 30 but greater than 25" with a brief explaination of drag. He marked me wrong and 15 years later I still haven't forgiven the ignorant fuck.

Who says drinking and final exams don't mix? (1)

why-is-it (318134) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320746)

I came down with a serious case of flu just before my last final exam before the Christmas break. I was doing major projectile vomiting and feeling terrible. Later in the day, I dragged myself down to the student health center and got a note from the doctor there who vouched that I was too sick to write the exam.

A went to the Professor's office a couple of days later when I was feeling better to explain the situation and ask about a re-sit. It was a small class and he noticed that I wasn't there for the exam. It was a half-term course, and University policy was that resits could only be conducted at the end of full-year term, which would have been in April.

The Professor did not think it was fair that I would have to write an exam for a course that was over four months ago, and he didn't want to go to the trouble of making up a new set of exam questions for just one student. Since the final exam only counted for 15% of the total grade and I already had an A-, the Professor suggested that if I just showed up and handed in a blank exam book, he would give me an A- as my final grade for the course.

I was more than pleased to agree.

The re-sit was scheduled for the last day of final exams in April. I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to combine final exams and intoxication. I drank a lot of beer and headed off to the exam. The only shortfall in my strategy is that they will not let people leave the examination room until 45 minutes after the exam began. I was doing OK at the beginning, but the 45 minute interval could not arrive soon enough for my liking. Fortunately, I made it to the men's room in the nick of time. I made a mental note to stick with liquor if a similar opportunity ever presented itself again.

It didn't, but I can honestly claim that I wrote a final exam totally drunk, and still got an A.

Stupid Professor Tricks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14320788)

It was a EE course, programming microprocessors or something like that. The final is at 5pm. The room starts filling up at 4:30, and all of us are early, because the prof (an East Asian) has a terribly thick accent and nobody wants to be rushed setting up. So 5 rolls around and no prof. 5:05, 5:10, 5:15 and still no prof. AT 5:30 the TA's (all South Asians) tell us that if we decide to leave, sign up on a sheet they have so that th soe who leave can be contacted. AT 5:45 the prof storms in, swearing, and pulls the TAs into a side room. We hear yelling in badly-accented English on all parts. Finally, everyone comes out and the TAs tell us to check with the EE Dean tomorrow. SAeesm that the prof thnks he told the TAs to pick up the exam and hand it out. The TAs think that they were only told to show up and proctor.

So the next day everyone is at the Dean's office, and he announced that the exam was rescheduled for Friday. Now, this was the last day of exam week, and quite a few people were already palnning to leave Thursday. SO we all complain about this, and so the Dean compromises - we see the deptartment secretary and she'll tell us each our current grade. If we are happy with it, we get that on the final, and that's our grade. If we don't like it, we stay till Friday.

Needless to say, with a middling B, I took my grade and ran.

Passing the wrong exam (4, Funny)

HawkingMattress (588824) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320800)

I've chosen the bad door when going to my first year final exam of english language...
I found the exam pretty difficult and couldn't answer some of the questions. Somehow, i noticed that I didn't know any of the people passing the exam with me but it didn't ring an alarm. When i gave my exam papers to the professor who was supervising us, he couldn't find me in the list... he asked my who my teacher was for this dicipline, and said:
Wait... $professor doesn't teach to 4th grade students !
Me: 4th grade ? I'm in first grade !
Supervisor: (starts laughing a lot... ) Well you must have found the exam pretty difficult, this is the 4th grade exam....
Me: do'h...
He then proceeded to correct my paper just for the fun of it... and it wasn't that bad after all ;)

Long Name (1)

Deanasc (201050) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320835)

I had a physics prof who put underscores spaced out for people to neatly print their names on the test form. You know like _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ . I have a long hyphenated last name, 10 letters hyphen 11 letters. After the first exam he noticed my name didn't fit the lines. From then on all exams had a last name slot that was _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

Hopeless GCSE Exam Specs... (1)

niallj (877350) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320846)

I recently did a mock for a GCSE IT exam. The entire paper was scheduled for one hour. I finished it in about 15 minutes. The whole thing consisted of multiple choice questions along the lines of, "Which of these is an input device? (Printer, Internet, Keyboard, Plotter)". It was quite disturbing.

Early Exam (1)

tengu1sd (797240) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320904)

I was a lab assistant for a freshman Fortran class during the early 80's. The instructor would lecture to an auditorium and then my class would meet in groups of 2 dozen or so. There was a lot of anxiety about the format of an exam so I went through an old exam I had had with a different instructor. Line by line we spent a class going over every question and answer.

On the mid term day, I looked down at the exact same exam. Standard distribution of scores, even with the answers read out in class my teaching didn't much impact test scores.

A Day in the Strife (2, Informative)

argel (83930) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320940)

In my Chemistry mid-term one student came in about 10-15 minutes. After sitting down he took one look at the test, signed his name to it, handed it in, and then walked out! To this day none of us can figure out why he even showed up.

In Music Appreciation several of the multiple choice answers were Star Trek references. Hmm, was it Patrick Stewart or Bach who walked over 200 miles to Lübeck? ;-) In the same class I stopped studying for the tests (except the listening portion) and my test scores actually went up! Meanwhile, one of the baseball players and some hot girl hitting on him were flunking the class. It's beyond my comprehension how that was even possible! I mean, I would have to conciously decided to flunk!!

Giving an exam (1)

toddbu (748790) | more than 8 years ago | (#14320969)

I spent a year teaching, and found that giving exams is so much more interesting than taking them. :-)

I used to publish my lecture notes prior to a test and encouraged my students to read them. One time, in the middle of those notes, I put in a comment like this:

"For those of you willing to take the time to read these notes, I'm giving extra credit. I'm going to put a question on the test that reads 'What is the answer to the secret question?', to which you'll reply 'xyzzy'. Please don't tell anyone else in class about this, because you'll be giving them free credit when they don't deserve it."

I handed out the tests and sat back to watch. It was really interesting. The students who I knew would read the notes just smiled, while the students I knew who wouldn't have read my lecture notes just scratched their heads. It was quite an enjoyable experience for me, and taught a lesson to all.

CS exam (1)

Alizarin Erythrosin (457981) | more than 8 years ago | (#14321099)

I showed up for a CS exam feeling like crap, hadn't studied (I never did though), wasn't really in the mood. Well, the test was pretty hard but I was doing ok. I figured I had enough points in the rest of the class to maintain a good final grade at the end of the semester. So the guy next to me starts erasing page after page. I'm in shock that he would do something like this, and am just staring at him, watching the whole spectacle.

The prof sees and calls me up to the front of the room. He tried to kick me out of the class, and threatened to turn me into the administration. I explained what was going on (being as sick as I was) with the erasure. He let me off, thankfully :-)

I ended up getting a B, and the guy who did all the erasing ended up really pissed off that he changed his answers.

I'll never use my parents for my alarm clock again (1)

12212012 (939850) | more than 8 years ago | (#14321304)

This past semester, I was exhausted after midterm papers and afraid I'd sleep through my alarm, so I asked my mom to call and wake me up before my Ancient Western Philosophy midterm exam. I woke up half an hour before the exam wondering why she hadn't called, and I discovered I had two voicemails from her and five from my dad. Apparently my phone had not rung for any of their calls, and my dad's messages to me were him cussing and screaming at me for "deciding to sleep through my exam". I crushed the exam in 20 minutes and made an A- and decided never to have my parents act as my alarm clock again.

Earth science exam (1)

drpentode (586437) | more than 8 years ago | (#14321333)

One time I took earth science as a gen ed course in college. I showed up an hour and a half late to the final because I overslept. The professor chewed me out but relented and let me take it. I finished it in 10 minutes and got an A.

MPI Programming Final - Easiest final ever. (1)

psykocrime (61037) | more than 8 years ago | (#14321363)

Ok, so this fall semester that just ended, I was taking a course in MPI Programming. It happened that it was my 4th consecutive class with the same instructor, who I'd gotten to know fairly well by then. And because the HPC program at this school is lightly attended, and I was taking a night class, I was the only student in the class. Anway, the "final exam" was set to be a programming assignment, which was to be of my choosing.

But the next to last night of class, the instructor asks me what I still have left to turn in, and I tell him "the last homework project and the final exam." He tells me to forget about the final exam and that he'll just use that last homework as the "final exam" grade; and that he's so impressed with what I've already turned in - and what he knows about me from the other classes - that he's already decided I get an 'A' in the class.

Good old HP48S calculator (3, Funny)

yuri benjamin (222127) | more than 8 years ago | (#14321384)

I sat a physics exam when these fancy types of calculators were quite new.
We were allowed to use them as long as we showed the exam supervisors that we cleared the memory first.
I loaded it with notes and programmed one of the menu buttons to display the message "Memory Clear" so I could *ahem* "clear" it in front of one of the exam supervisors.

Then I had an attack of conscience and cleared it for real before I actually used any of the stored notes.
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