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14 Responses to “TEST DIRECTIONS FAIL”

  1. 1 sengdroma May 2, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Ha Ha, fate finally works on behalf of students!!!

  2. 2 Anonymous May 3, 2008 at 8:40 am

    well yeah, but whoever took this test is also stupid.. look at the question and the kid’s answer. dumb

  3. 3 brian May 4, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    The kid’s answer was right, Anon. The negation of “the President is always in the White House” is “the President is NOT always in the White House,” which is equivalent to “the President is sometimes not in the White House.”

  4. 4 Tom May 5, 2008 at 8:23 pm


  5. 5 Anonymous May 6, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    I think this one is stupid, because teachers can make mistakes. They do it all of the time. So FAIL OF ALL FAILS is not appropriate here.

  6. 6 Tom May 7, 2008 at 10:24 am

    IRONY what, Tom?

  7. 7 nederninja May 8, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    agreed — a typo is not “FAIL OF ALL FAILS”…i have some faith that this was just a typo.

  8. 8 nederninja May 8, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    oh, and the (!) is not a fail…just a bizarre form of emphasis that anyone might use.(!)

  9. 9 Anonymous May 9, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    it’s pretty difficult to typo “right” in place of “write”. the letters aren’t even close on keyboards. that’s why it’s a fail. if this is just a typo, this entire blog is pointless because everything can be dismissed as typos. the point is that people are lazy with the language, which is evident here as much as anywhere else.

  10. 10 Anonymous June 7, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    negate of “always” is “never” in English, not sometimes not, which is logically 50/50 so the correct answer is (2), Brian.

  11. 11 daddy00 June 13, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Agree, this is not a typo, this is someone not paying enough attention to realize the mistake on a test, which is one of the many places it is inexcusable to have a grammatical error.

  12. 12 Tom June 17, 2008 at 3:54 am

    My Irony Fial remark was meant to be ironically failed.

    Pity it wasn’t funny. 😦

  13. 13 Disappointment Trolley June 27, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Universities and colleges should have a rule that if an examination proctor presents a test with a grotesque error like this, the professor who prepared the examination is immediately fired for incompetence. I am sick of profs who can’t type basic words, form basic sentences, or use a word processor, yet grade students harshly for poor word choice, awkward sentences, or bad formatting.

  14. 14 Karen Rice June 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Maybe there was an extra credit bonus. Maybe the teacher told the class:

    “There is an error somewhere on this test. Find and correct it for a 25 point bonus.”


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