Students confess their most embarrassing exam cock-ups

With exam season just about over, students have been confessing their most-embarrassing exam cock-ups on Reddit and The Student Room. Here are some of the worst mistakes...

9) I invented a new method of reproduction

"I did a practice biology mock and it asked how plants reproduce." Beth wrote on The Student Room

"I got really confused, although I have no idea why, and wrote that plants reproduced b-sexually, I got seriously confused and thought mammals and animals reproduce A-sexually so plants must reproduce B-sexually, but at least I'll (probably) remember not to in the exam XD"

8) I thought the person in the poem was a prostitute

"In an English literature exam, I wrote how a woman was a prostitute and used the quotes 'men come from miles around to buy from her' and 'men came back day by day, night by night'."

"Turned out she was selling burgers. I had completely misunderstood the poem. My teacher reported me!" - Walz wrote.

7) I expressed my own crazy theories too much

"I said that alpacas were camels in my geography exam" - Thomas Cowley

"I wrote DNA transcriptase instead of DNA polymerase. I don't even know what that is."- Mona

"This is not a uni example but in my Science Level 8-10 SATS in Year 9, to the question 'What is meant by a predator-prey relationship' I answered 'When a predator attempts to mate with it's prey.' 3 damn marks off a Level 8 as well!"

" In a chemistry exam, I wrote homophobic instead of hydrophobic." Rachel

6) I abbreviated

"For the life of me I could not remember the abbreviation for 'that is to say' (viz), so I wrote T.I.T.S and the teacher read it out in class - much to my embarrassment and her mirth!" one student, T.I.T.S. uni student, wrote.

"Wrote 'SOHCAHTOA' instead of 'Krakatoa' in the geography exam yesterday."

"I wrote my first name twice instead of writing my full name. Everyone's messing up in questions while I can't even write my name correctly!" - Diancies said.

5) I thought outside the box

"I was being a bit stupid on a multiple choice question, where the options were A, B, C and D. I created a new box called E and wrote none of the above, and then selected that answer." - Redflag99

4) Wrong day

"Thinking an exam was on Thursday when it was on Tuesday and finding out Tuesday morning" - May

"Wake up early in preparation for exam and set off early as the exam in on the other side of the city. I walk 15 minutes from my halls to the correct bus stop. There's a bit of a wait when I get there so I start looking at my phone. Just by chance I look at my exam timetable and realise that my exam is actually at Uni and the one I had later in the week was on the other side of the city."

"I was running late, so had to get a taxi to the Uni, and thankfully made it with a good five/ten minutes to spare before we had to go and sit down for the exam. I just got lucky that by chance I looked at my exam timetable and realised or I would have been on the other side of the city, feeling stupid and failed an exam!"

"Oh, and there's the time I misread part of a coursework question, meaning that 400/2,500 words were completely irrelevant to the essay. I do wonder how I ended up getting a 2:1 at times!" - Chris

3) I adopted a dog

"My worst mistake occurred several months before my final exams.

The house I lived in adopted a stray puppy.

It was VERY friendly and good fun, we called it "ten past nine" because of its cock ears .... but it grew

and grew...

and grew...

It was put out during the day

It literally chewed the back kitchen door down.

We eventually found a home for it with a family in the next street but they also put it out during the day.

On the morning of one of my finals exams I was walking to Uni over the park and it saw me. Pleased with itself was an understatement. It nearly knocked me down with love and affection and great big slobbery kisses. And then it happily started accompanying me. Nothing I could do to persuade it to go away and I ended up outside the exam hall in a crowd of people where I gave it the slip.

We all entered the exam hall for the final exam and sat in our individual places. I heard a howl outside and laughing inside I started the exam....

... but someone arrived late and opened the door and the hound joyfully came lolloping in. The invigilators chased it all around the hall. It was having a great time and everyone was laughing hysterically as invigilators fell over themselves. The hound finally found what it was looking for - me. Jumped up with its massive fore paws on the single desk and tried to lick me. The invigilators finally grabbed it and accused me of planning the whole thing. I pleaded innocence and the exam proceeded (no extra time).

I spent the next couple of hours trying to concentrate, but the recent images were too deeply engraved on my mind. Needless to say, the exam did not go at all well ...."

Charco

2) I broke my pen, got threatened by the examiner

"In the middle of my AQA Religious Studies exam this year, I was finished really early and got really bored and started playing with my pen (taking it apart and playing with the spring) and then like the genius I am, i pressed down on the spring, completely forgetting physics exists and each little part from the pen went flying EVERYWHERE. "

"Then the man overlooking the exam picked up the biggest part of it and put his finger across his throat (yeno, the universal sign for "ima cut your throat boyy") turns out he was trying to ask was the pen broke and if so could he put it in the bin. That was last month and no body has let it go yet." - Andrew O.

1) I answered the question...

"This was an answer from one of my classmates. When it was marked wrong, we complained until he changed her grade."

Q: Can you explain the effects of the German attack on the Netherlands in 1940?

A: No.

"My friends a home economics teacher in Ireland asked:

Q: How has religion changed our dietary choices?

One student answered:

We no longer eat Protestants."

I asked an essay question along the lines of "What factors enabled the Romans (Republic and Empire) extend their sphere of influence beyond their borders."

One student replied with something like "Romans made their spheres out of hard stuff while everyone else used soft wood. Romans always kept theirs very sharp, too." It took me a minute to realise he had confused "sphere" with "spear."


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