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  1tsmenoah  |  20

The gaokao is the worst test I have ever heard of. It's sounds so very stressful and determining you life is a very big thing, all decided by one test.

  sjbartholome  |  14

#40, if only there was a, I don't know, button to show that you dislike someone's comment. Perhaps it could be the opposite of the button you are talking about. If only that technology existed.

On a side note, OP YDI. Always read, re-read, and triple read the prompt!

  TiiBags  |  15

Shame, poor #56 is getting down voted for apologizing. I think it's thoughtful of you.

P.S I'm sorry I accidentally down voted your comment. I was wondering if you were getting down voted because you can actually change your vote, so I was checking.

  enddmd  |  27

Since OP is from China and the exam determines their future, I believe this is the gaokao (college entrance exam) which is like three dozen SATs on steroids and is taken very VERY seriously. It pretty much sets your fate, and retakes are unheard of.

  ElricMustang  |  23

Especially on important exams and such. It happens. Sometimes, I'll read the question a couple of times to make sure I'm reading it right, then I realize after I start that I misread it. It wasn't careless, just nerves.

  thomcmoore  |  23

You guys, he said it was a carless mistake. Before you get all upset about #8's observation, understand he's talking about automobiles, or rather, the lack thereof.


I'm absolutely with #8. OP knew very well that the exam was extremely important - and they couldn't take the time to read carefully (and multiple times) until they were absolutely sure they understood the question? That is THE most important part of an essay exam, and if you manage to mess that up, you absolutely deserve your failing grade. It's not a test with multiple questions where it's easy to skip over a few words because you ran out of time or lost concentration, it's one or two assignments that you have to follow. You always have time for that.

  redwednesday  |  11

Sometimes during tests people get panic attacks, I know I do, and it actually makes it quite hard to read. I've had times where in multiple choice and essay questions that I've reread it over and over for 5 minutes, and I still read it wrong. Yes OP should have made sure to reread it, but you have no idea if OP did and just kept reading it wrong or was just careless. But with an exam that important, I betcha OP was super nervous.

By  1dvs_bstd  |  41

There's a short story about a student who was very late to an exam that had started an hour prior to his arrival. Everybody was surprised when he finished less than 30 minutes. After everyone submitted they realized that the instruction requested them to answer only one question. Moral of the story, always read instructions/proof read.