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2003-01-17 01:44:37 PM  
First year University - 1990 - evening. Huge Power Black out in the city of Toronto. Light fading quickly. By 7:30 it's too dark to see anything. They scrub the exam and reschedule it a week later.

Best memory was in high school - from the seat I was in, I could see up SS shirt sleeve nicely.
2003-01-17 01:47:47 PM  
This story is not so much weird as it is neat.

I took an AP bio class in high school and the instructor was notoriously stringent (compared to the other 2 AP bio instructors), but was known to be a bit of a party animal and showed up to some of the classes red-eyed and had alcohol on his breath. He liked to joke around, but his mood swings were so wild that it frighten the hell out of most of us. Some of his teaching technique included throwing chalk at some of the kids that were slow to answer questions (me included) and getting angry.

The class took two periods a day and the tests were held over those two periods. He set up the exams just like the AP exam, one long multiple choice and an extremely long, arduous essay section. So we take the scantron part first which for me was relatively easy. I usually finish with a good 20-25 minutes left in the period, but the kicker was that we couldn't start the essay portion till the next period. We had advance knowledge from the previos year's class that his essays were a really tough SOB to tackle and we were supposed to answer all the essays (usually 3-5) in very good detail.

Of course nobody EVER finishes the essay portion. The highest grade in the class was usually in the 60's or 70's and the tests even stumped the smartest, most studious kids in the class. As the semester progresses, we see small improvements in our scores, but our averages would still be in the 60's for the most part and our mid-semester report cards would register the low averages.

When the semester ends we all are in for a shock as he gave out grades that were around 20 points higher than the exam averages. We were in for an even greater shock when at least 75%-80% of the class of about 30 students got a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam and most of our class finished the AP with plenty of time left, well ahead of the 100 other AP bio exam takers that semester. Our overall score average was the highest for any class at the school. Of course the instructor didn't get to enjoy the credit since he was kicked out due to his behavior and accusations of insubordination.
2003-01-17 01:48:04 PM  
two things.

1) watching three people run out of breslin center crying and another holding back vomit during the first day of my bar exam.

2) forgetting about an 8:00 a.m. exam my freshman year, taking 'shrooms at 3:00 a.m., remembering about the exam while tripping, taking the exam while i was still tripping. i ended up getting an a (no shiat).
2003-01-17 01:48:30 PM  

Hmm, I actually have another one... this happened to a friend of mine. By the end of the semester, no one goes to classes much, and the teacher for this class had made it clear that he wouldn't be doing any test prep. Out of a class of about 50 people, 4 came to the last class before the test. My friend was failing the class so she went.

The teacher was pretty shocked, but he taught his class. He used an elaborate example about plums being the #1 export of Washington State, which was a little strange but my friend didn't really care.

Finally, the exam comes. There are a lot of the normal multiple choice questions, and then on the last page, where the essay question should have been, it said "25 points: What is the #1 export of Washington State?"

You guessed it, exactly 4 people in the class got above a 75%l

2003-01-17 01:49:50 PM  
I got in a minute late to take the final for a professor's first class ever, Computer Architecture, so I had to sit at the front of the large class. I got my question sheet and found the first few questions exceedingly difficult. Wondering how the other students were faring, I turned around to see if anybody else was as overwhelmed as I was.

There were a few groans as people read the questions, and to my back-left was an outspoken student holding up his paper by the corner. He pulled out a lighter and LIT HIS EXAM ON FIRE. Nobody but me noticed, and he waited until the exam was halfway consumed until he calmly announced, "Professor, my test is fire".

Needless to say the class turned and stared, then burst out laughing. The student put his test on the floor and stomped it out. The proctor, a nice TA, came over smiling and took the remains of his exam and gave him a new test!
2003-01-17 01:50:35 PM  
while preparing for a calc II final, using previous tests to study, i notice an incorrect grade on my 6th test of the semester. i point this 3 point mistake out to the proffesor, and he says if the points will make a difference in my grade he will use them. i ended up with a 100% on the final exam. before the 3 points were averaged in i had like an 89.4 avg. needless to say he gave me an A. i was pretty jazzed. even a calc proffesor has problems adding on days.
2003-01-17 01:51:09 PM  
I went to high school with ZenPickle and his story definitely checks out.

One of our lower school teachers would hand out graded exams in complete stony silence. If you had farked your test particularly egregiously, he would pull a out McDonald's Application, set it on your desk and walk slowly away.
2003-01-17 01:52:28 PM  
Arrived for the exam to find out the proffesser had just died earlier that day while playing squash....

It was deferred...
2003-01-17 01:53:20 PM  
So I'm sitting in my Biology midterm, in an auditorium, with at least 300 people in the room. Then, from the side, some guy on a bike rides in, proceeds to ride down the stairs, and falls all the way down. Everyone begins laughing, even the prof, and the guy jumps up, grabs his bike, and runs out of the door at the bottom.
2003-01-17 01:54:35 PM  
dude hands in cheat sheet with biology exam.
2003-01-17 01:57:20 PM  
I turned in a written German Language exam in college. My TA (teaching assistant... = unpaid grad student) looks at it, points out all the errors I made, and points back to my seat.

I got a 100%.

odd. I guess he realized that since he almost never showed for class, and when he did told us all about his drinking the night before, that we were all going to fail and he would look bad.

Luckily i would have passed anyway, having lived in Germany for several years, but I took it and enjoyed it anyway.
2003-01-17 02:00:29 PM  
Not my story but funny still...

It was horrible. I sat in the big hall and put my pocket of Polos on the desk. And my spare pencil and my support gonk. And my chewing gum and my extra pen. And my extra Polos and my lucky gonk. And my pencil sharpener shaped like a cream cracker. And more gonks with a packet of Polos in each. And lead for my retractable pencil. And my retractable pencil. And spare lead for my retractable pencil. And chewing gum and pencils and pens and more gonks, and the guy says "Stop writing, please."

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2003-01-17 02:03:08 PM  
Two stories:

Remember those evil blue books? Every week I had a Physics quiz that used them, and one of the meanest profs ever to walk the earth. One lousy week, they were handing out the blue books, and as I reached for mine, got the paper cut from hell. As in bleeding visibly. Then I had to take the @#$^* quiz on top of it.

My wife didn't need the SAT exam to get into college, so she took it completely high. Didn't even open the exam book, just filled in the little scantron circles in pleasing patterns. Got over 1000.
2003-01-17 02:03:19 PM  
WHen I was on my way to the SAT, I was sitting at a MCDonalds Drive thru and watched(seemingly in slow motion) an SUV make a right hand turn into oncoming traffic and roll up over another car and flip over.
2003-01-17 02:06:32 PM  
This didn't happen to me, but a friend who lived in my dorm pulled this one off...

He had gotten completely tanked the night before, and slept through his differential equations final exam. This teacher was notorious for being a hardass, and would never let anyone take make-up exams.

My friend got some gauze from the campus infirmary and soaked it in barbeque sauce and ketchup from the cafeteria. He wrapped it around his head and told the professor he had been in a horrible car accident.

He got to take a make-up test, and he passed. I knew this professor for 4 years, and this was the only make-up test he ever gave anyone.
2003-01-17 02:06:33 PM  
My friend once sat through a test during which the proctor crapped themselves.
2003-01-17 02:07:29 PM  
Taking a French exam my freshmen year at Penn when a veiled exotic dancer comes in the room and begins to "un-veil" herself and writhe around some of the men in the room.

Turns out that the 2nd part of the exam was to describe in writing what we had just seen ("and you have 5 minutes to do so..")

It's damn true
2003-01-17 02:10:42 PM  
Several of my friends were in the middle of a particularly arduous econ final. The prof left the class, trusting them not to cheat. As soon as he leaves Tom walks up to the chalkboard and writes one word in one-foot tall letters:


and they goes back to his seat.
2003-01-17 02:11:20 PM  
The moral of many a story here seems to be take the exam stoned if it's possible.
2003-01-17 02:11:57 PM  
Not weird but... an actual 8 P.M. conversation between me and my couch-potato-channel-surfing college roommate:

Me:  I'm going to the library to pull an all-nighter for tomorrow.  I am not ready for this test.

Roommate:  (lands on a channel) Ever see 'Ernest Goes to Jail?'

Me:  No.

Roommate:  It's funny.

Me:  OK.  (puts books down, lays down on other couch)

Watched the whole movie, got a B on the final.
2003-01-17 02:12:24 PM  
I took a Logic class Sophomore year. The final was 100 questions with the directions "true or false?". After 5 minutes, I wrote "yes" under each question and turned in the test.

Got a perfect 100 after being asked to explain. My logic was Yes, since each question was either true or false.

The teacher never had another true/false exam again.
2003-01-17 02:13:38 PM  
I was taking an SAT when the girl next to me threw up, ran out of the room, never to be seen again.
2003-01-17 02:14:00 PM  
My low point---went to try to get some additional info from Iranina ta for calc. final later that day. He was away buy final was on desk. Stole final and went to copy it. Put copy back on desk and left to figure out test. Realised that I had left my copy in copy room and it was gone. Failed Class. I was a serious stoner in college.
2003-01-17 02:14:13 PM  
All of my freinds in my freshman dorm and I used to be channeling spirits on my Ouija board every night until about 3AM. We had a whole host of personalities speaking to us through the board.

One of them was a particularly malevolent spirit who would threaten and taunt us frequently. I had had about enough of that after a while, and since I was the most powerful in terms of psychic abilities, I took him on and told him to go fark himself. He warned me not to mess around with things I didn't understand. I asked what the hell he could possibly do to me. The final message he had for me before he lef was, "Good Luck on Your Exam."

The next morning, I awoke at 10:30 AM as my alarm never went off... I know it was set and on, because I checked before bed, as I always do.

My professor did not accept my excuse and I ended up with a "C" in a class I had a high 90's average in.

When we went back on the board the following night, the message to me was, "So, how was your exam, honey?"

2003-01-17 02:14:31 PM  
My first exam in general Chemistry at College.
We were sitting around waiting for the prof to show up. Evantually a cop enters the room, tells us there has been a bomb threat, and we must evacuate the building. Myself and a few others meet our prof outside, he give us our exams, and we take it at the library (honor policy!).

Turns out someone from my class called in the threat. She was promply expelled. . .

All true, honest. . .
2003-01-17 02:16:23 PM  
Here's a true story about exams I hated, a little off-topic, but I need to vent. I had an butch lesbian organic chemistry professor who liked to show everyone how smart she was and how big her testicles were. There might be 15-20 items per exam, and you'd leave feeling like crap, sure you got only about three completely correct. Hardest exams ever, with exceptions and twists of logic far beyond the lecture/text/labs. A week later, you'd get your test back with a grade of 18% correct and feel worse. Then once everyone got their exam back, she'd talk about the grades, and you'd find out that 18% correct is actually a B, as the high A was a 24%. What an as*hole.
2003-01-17 02:17:33 PM  
All the Iranians in my Physics class would all move together and copy off each other.

The weird thing was the prof didn't do anything or say anything. Maybe he just flunked them.
2003-01-17 02:20:14 PM  
I went to Harvard. The Crimson sucks.
2003-01-17 02:20:48 PM  
This one is not test related, but it happened during Calc II, but anyway, I was sitting in the back of class as I normally did with some buddies of mine. Also in the back were these two sorta slutty girls that always flirted with two of my buddies in the back. Now the professor was hard of hearing and he'd go on and on about calculus and stuff and nobody would pay attention. So one day the blonde girl says in a semi-loud whisper, "I like anal." Of course me and my buddies have our jaws scraping the floor and almost everyone turned towards the girl in the back of the room that likes butt stuff. The professor was oblivious to the girl's declaration and I had to move seats away from the pair or risk never paying attention again.

many kittens died that day.
2003-01-17 02:22:46 PM  
For BillDarryl:
Know-what-I-mean, Vern?

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2003-01-17 02:23:03 PM  
In the middle of one of my intro CS classes, during freshman year, I fell asleep while answering a question. My writing hand stayed where it was, and my head just rested on the test.

10 minutes later, I wake up and finish answering the question, and moved backwards to answer a previous question that I had no idea how to answer.

I was damn shocked to get a perfect A on that test.
2003-01-17 02:23:35 PM  
So here are mine.

1. I had cronic nosebleeds in high school, and a quite horrible one was prompted by me sneezing onto a test. Lots of bllod came out instead of snot. When I went to the teacher to ask if I could go to the bathroom, she asked why my nose was bleeding I replied rather nastily that I had been using too much blow, and it just kinda caught up with me. I then asked if she knew how I could score more. Most of the class laughed, but I was sent to the office for trying to buy drugs from a teacher, and I failed the test.

2. Another funny test thing in High School. I was taking a history test, and one ofmy friends was also taking the same test. He sat across the room, about a 1/3rd of the way into the test he started looking really frusterated, and muttering to himself, he then began to tear up his paper and started to swear rather loudly. All of a sudden he jumped up, and started tearing at his shirt and rampaging through the room screaming "The Greeks are the best I can do!!!" The teach had to call school security, and the cops to get him calmed down. I talked to the guy later, and he had in fact been tripping rather hard, and thought he was God. I don't remember anything else about the test.

3. In Middle School I was a big soda drinker, and not a fan of my english teacher, so during one of the final tests in the class (we had a few end tests over a variety of subjects) I had brought over 40 cans of coke in my backpack with me, every 3 minuites or so I would take a coke out of my bag and chug it, then go on with my test. I got through most of my soda by the end of the test and a huge pile of cans on my desk. More than anything everyone in the class was just damn confused. The teacher later asked me to go and speak with a school counsler.
2003-01-17 02:23:39 PM  

I'll take care of you when I get back to the lab...
2003-01-17 02:23:54 PM  
Not me but a friend of mine.

After handing out a grad level physics exam, the class began one by one asking the prof why all the "h"'s were crossed out. The prof got the joke after the third question.

A vote for me is a vote for yourself needing a beating for getting the story.
2003-01-17 02:25:04 PM  
During the World History final in Sophomore year I had to leave early to go to Mexico with my parents. So the exam beguins and this girl, sitting on the top part of the seat of her desk starts to tweak backwards as I see this out of the corner of my eye. And so she slowly starts to fall down and BAM! Hit the floor and starts laughing, then my mom walks in and has the best confused look on her face I have ever seen.
2003-01-17 02:26:07 PM  
Best.Name.Ever and co:

Followup:  'Ernest Goes to Jail' is not that funny.  But it beats studying for Tax II any day of the week.
2003-01-17 02:26:47 PM  
Quantum Physics 300 class:
When the professor passed out the test (10 questions, multiple choice), we all noticed that all the answers were slightly circled from the copy process...One of them was wrong though, the smarter people noticed and got 100's, while others just copied and got a 90. Others who thought they were smart changed other answers and walked out of there with 70's and 80's...
2003-01-17 02:29:13 PM  
Zenpickle, excellent stuff........ wish any of us were organised enough to play that.
Serendib, what you need to do, is get a single-sided format disc from yesteryear.. sure you can only save 360k on it but that's enough for a paper and it should still read OK if the heads don't jam on the, eh, extra material :)
2003-01-17 02:30:24 PM  
BillDarryl: How can this not be funny?

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2003-01-17 02:32:04 PM  
Do I really want to reveal this about myself? OK I will.

At the U of Washington EE dept. there was a required independent study class on elementary circuit analysis. There were 10 tests you had to pass to pass the class. There were also 10 weeks in a quarter. You could take each test whenever you wanted and as many times as you wanted. There was one lecture on the first day of the quarter. One thing they cautioned us about was not waiting too long before taking the tests. They said that every quarter some joker would try to take and pass all 10 tests in the last week of the quarter. That means they would have to take 2 tests a day and pass them all. We were told that no one attempting to do this had ever been successful.

Well, I would love to tell you that I love a challenge, but the truth is I was something of a party animal in those days, also I met this girl and . . . I WAS THE FIRST! I failed one test on Wednesday and had to take 3 on Thursday but I managed to pass all 10 tests in the last week and pass the class.
2003-01-17 02:32:17 PM  
I don't know if anyone here has ever taken the International Baccalaureate; suffice it to say it's a lot like the APs... anyways, I was taking the standard level exam in physics, which would normally be a two-year course if my school wasn't so weird and sadistic as to only offer it as a one year course.

So, as we're taking the most stressful exam of our lives, on one of the hottest days of the year in May (so our door and windows were open), some asshat freshmen, completely oblivious to the fact that the most high-strung students in school were in a nearby room, decide to have a LOUD conversation in the hallway outside. The proctor was busy grading his own papers from another class and couldn't be bothered to get off his ass and tell the little farkers to shove off.

So, after about five minutes of this, I see one of my classmates (big, scary Polish guy) walk out into the hallway, and we all hear this loud *SMACK* as whichever freshman was closest got slammed face-first into the wall. He walked back in, closed the door, sat down and finished his test. From what I hear he got a pretty good grade on the exam too.
2003-01-17 02:32:58 PM  
2003-01-17 02:42:45 PM  
Strangest thing was i actually had a test today, and i only -really- started reading up for it two days ago (after having, what, a month over the holidays). And despite not being able to keep my mind on it and doing lots of decidedly odd doodles and maths in the back of the answer book... I still finished ahead of time having answered all the questions with a ream of stuff. That NEVER happens. Have to see what the grades are like.

The crappy thing is I finished 14m and 47 seconds before the end, and you're not allowed to leave the exam hall less than 15m before the end (such a retarded rule). Dammit. So went back and added three more paragraphs of loosely related bullshiat onto the last answer. Now I'm wishing I'd been smart and took a beer along or thrown pixie dust about. Or hell, even just create a big pornographic mural on the desk.

Then there was this one time when I woke up late for school one day when my parents had to go out of town, and it was an important end of year exam... no breakfast, only one pen for a test that requires a pen and pencil, no money for the bus or train... sloppily dressed, onto broken-down bike, pound the hilly 3-ish mile route there in record time (about 12 minutes, fark)... get in there, a few minutes after the exam. Answer a couple questions then feel really unwell, in a really odd way. Ask to be excused to go to the toilet. Dry hurl for a while, nearly pass out, gasp down probably three pints of water (it was a summer exam). On the way out there's a teacher waiting for me with a worried look, apparently I'd gone a really nasty shade of purple. Went back and finished the exam, got a severe talking to about that kind of thing afterwards. ODdly it was the best mark I got out of the whole year.

And that was about the wildest thing that ever happened in my exams. :(
2003-01-17 02:42:53 PM  
Not thinking I had anything important to do that day, I smoked a mid-afternoon bowl or 7 with some friends and went to my night class. On the ride over there, I asked my friend in the class (he wasn't stoned) when the exam was since I hadn't been to class in a week or so. He said it was at the end of the month and we continued on. When we got to class, everyone was filling out scantrons. I asked someone if they were filling out a survey or something, but of course, it was time for exam number one of the semester. I still almost managed to pass, but it sure killed my high.
2003-01-17 02:43:25 PM  
Etihod and Godfrey:- Yeah, good spot. I stole the fish quote from Red Dwarf put the fish quote in as an homage to Red Dwarf, but the rest of it is a pure me.
2003-01-17 02:43:57 PM  
A couple from my school days.

In grade 4, I remember vividly taking a spelling test. I was sitting behind the kid with "learning disabilities", shall we say. Part of the way through the exam, he had shiat himself and it was running out the back of his jeans. Teacher got us out of the room and cleaned it up. The weirdest thing was though, the kid has this most serene grin on his face while he did it, like he was doing the best thing he had ever done in his whole life. Still gives me the creeps thinking about it.

I once took and English final while suffering from the flu and a fever. Got the best mark in the class.
2003-01-17 02:46:13 PM  
My high school spanish teacher hated me. I don't know why, cause I was perfect, except for the talking, fooling around and being obnoxious in class. Last final for the third and last year of spanish, I easily finish the exam first (of course) and turn to my partner in crime across the room and mouth the words "I'm Done". Hilfarkinlarity ensued. She ripped up my exam, kicked me and my friend out, called the parents, principals office meeting, yadayada. The upshot? Had to retake a different exam, nothing but conjugating every freeking verb in the universe. She gave me a d-.
biatch. Ironic twist: at graduation, I recieved a 25$ award for the best grades in the three year spanish course. HA! Take that, biatch. Chinga tu madre. She's still teaching in that hellhole, and I live in Hawaii. I win.
2003-01-17 02:46:31 PM  
Where: Chemistry Lecture room, Central Campus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

During the exam someone behind me yells out, "God! I can't stand you touching me like that!" and jumps up looking disgusted at the person next to him and storms out of the lecture hall.
Then I peed my pants.
2003-01-17 02:46:34 PM  
One of the English teachers supervising the exam took a break when her physed teacher boyfriend dropped in to say hi to her. They disappeared into a utility room which connects up to the stage (the exam was in the auditoream).
It may have been dark, but people oughta know those curtains don't stop the monkey noises worth a damn!
2003-01-17 02:46:46 PM  
While at university, we use to have alternating columns in the examination rooms so that we had people from different courses beside each other.

One year, the people on either side of me were cursing and near tears while trying to do their exam. They were taking Animal Science 200 (2nd year course). Unfortunately, there had been a mix up and the exam was for an Animal Science 400 level course. Thus, the material was similar enough to not be questioned but nearly impossible to complete due to the differences.

An announcement was made about 45 minutes in and a huge sigh of relief came from everybody.
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