A child asks his mother for a chocolate bar. The mother tells him that he can have the chocolate if he answers a question correctly. “Name the two days of the week beginning with the letter T” says the mother. The child smiles “That’s easy – today and tomorrow”. Not what you expected? Well we don’t always get what we expect as one LLB exam candidate discovered to her alarm yesterday afternoon.
The start of this year’s examination season got off to a rocky start for a student in the USA as she sat (or attempted to sit) the Succession paper. She was given the question paper at 2.30pm local time time and permitted to read it – no surprises so far – for as you’re doubtless aware, the examination instructions clearly state that ‘Candidates… have fifteen minutes during which they may read the paper and make rough notes ONLY in their answer books’. Imagine then, the shock the ill-fated candidate suffered when at 2.45pm the invigilator took away the exam question paper. The candidate rightly protested. But her appeals to the literal minded invigilator were in vain. “Tell me” said the exacting official “where it explicitly states that you may keep the question paper after the fifteen minutes reading time is up”. The answer of course is that it does not. Why not? Because we didn’t mean that and we never suspected anyone would read it that way. Thankfully this is the only exam bloomer reported this session so far but then it was only Day One! There’s always today and tomorrow.