October 23, 2008 at 6:17 am
4 students didn’t study for the test which was scheduled for the next day.
In the morning they thought of a plan. They made themselves look as dirty and disheveled as they could with grease and dirt.
They then went up to the examiner and told him that they had gone out to a wedding the night before and on the way back the tyre of their car had burst and they had had to push it all the way back, so they were in no condition to sit the test.
The examiner was a just person so he said, "OK you can have a retest after 3 days." They promised they would be ready by that time.
On the third day they appeared before the examiner again. He told them that it was to be a special condition test and all four were required to sit in separate rooms for the exam. They all agreed, as they had prepared well in the last three days. The test consisted of 2 questions with a total of 100 marks.
Here are the questions:-
Q1. Write down your name. (2 marks)
Q2. Which car tyre burst? (98 marks)May 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Thats called awesomeness!June 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm
LolJuly 11, 2013 at 9:39 am
must have been harder than the real test coz they never prepared for it.lol!September 30, 2013 at 8:13 am
I like that, the examiner was too smart.August 25, 2014 at 8:33 pm
to very wise examinerAugust 11, 2016 at 7:14 pm
hahaha lolAugust 12, 2016 at 9:38 am
hahahahahaAugust 30, 2016 at 2:31 pm
Ha – good joke!
Thinking about, it if it was a 3 hour exam like ours, then in the 15 minutes reading time you would allocate about 3 minutes to figuring out question 1, leaving 177 minutes to do question 2.
The first problem is finding question 1 itself. ‘Write down your name’ is a statement not a question, that makes me think should we follow the instructions or is this some kind of trick? I think the answer is to just write your name and then prepare to pay the admin fee for exam review if you get a marginal fail – although will arguing with the examiner about my own name be a waste of time and money? Something tells me yes.
Anyway – by now exam technique has gone out the window as 20 minutes have been wasted and I am likely to feel nervous about me being the only student in the hall with only one invigilator standing over you and stealing your full concentration.
On to question 2 ‘which car tyre burst’ – 98 marks, that’s a lot for a one number answer, maybe this is another trick. How do we know it is a number – why not just say ‘the one on our car’ as opposed to other people’s cars.
However, accountancy papers aren’t usually abstract so ‘smart’ answers won’t work here.
I think what they are trying to test is game theory – and they want you to show your workings. Probably they want you to give 4 answers stating the assumption that the car has 4 tyres that’s probably what the 98 marks is for. But 98 isn’t divisible by 4. Perhaps if you include the spare in the boot – that’s 5, but that isn’t divisible either. Anyway – let’s crack on – forget the plan.
Lets work on the assumption that there is 4 tyres. The chances of me selecting the same tyre as my 3 other friends is about 1% (0.25*0.25*0.25*0.25)*4 – assuming they all decided that there was 4 tyres on their papers. So lets forget about the answer for now and cling onto my chance of passing depending mainly on the workings.
Anyway – by now there will only be 5 minutes left and I still haven’t finished – what I will do now is go into panic mode and frantically turn all the pages in my paper looking for I don’t know what and then circling one of the numbers – I think tyre number 1 is what all the other friends would choose, knowing they are in the same position as me.
After whatever we write we can square it off in the review – if I wrote 1, friend 2 wrote 4, friend 3 wrote ‘the back one’ and friend 4 wrote front-left – we can all claim we were talking about the same tyre depending on your point of view and orientation (and write off friend 3’s comments as the ramblings of a drunkard after a wedding). Anyway – time is up.
No doubt I will still have to wait 30 minutes for the invigilator to collect the papers, rip off the number off my desk and shuffle the papers around a bit before I can go to the toilet. Then meeting my friends on the dlr home and realising that the marking scheme was 96 marks for Q2 with 2 marks for professional marks – which no doubt I have lost from spelling tyre wrong all this time.September 1, 2016 at 7:00 am
l love the way you think and analyse staff Stuart had to comment
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