By me - United States - Katy
Today, we had a surprise test at school. I was totally unprepared for any of it, so I BSd the whole thing and turned it in. A few minutes later, our teacher said we were allowed to use our notes to finish the test. FML
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  tantanpanda  |  26

Because you have to sit there anyway. This seems like high school because universities don't have surprise tests. If you're forced to be there anyway, why not use all the time you have to reason it out?

  ThatHorse  |  15

I pretty much used the same technique when I was in school myself #42. It's much better if you have a multiple choice or short answer type of test/quiz because if you just keep staring at it, you will inevitably start second guessing your answers. And once that happens, your score has a very high probability of going down the drain.

  R2Y2  |  22

I remember teachers would do this all the time, all I did was check the answers I bs'd with my notes and finish. Giving out access to notes was a godsend that was always relied on.

  trollcrusher  |  17

I get what you're saying, and you're probably right; I'd bet that OP was at least familiar with the test material. But that isn't the same as being prepared at all, which was the wording that OP used. If I had a surprise test over the unit we're going over in differential calculus, I'd be familiar enough with the material to bullshit my way through to an extent, but I certainly wouldn't be prepared to earn a grade that was up to par with my potential performance. I know the gap between familiarity and preparedness can widen or narrow depending on the subject matter, but there is a distinction between experiencing something once, and studying and learning it in a thorough and concentrated fashion.

  savanerz  |  9

She waited until the last 5 minutes of class to tell us so everyone could try their best before using the notes. It's okay though I still passed lol

  Patriots21  |  14

8 is right. Life really isn't about being told what's going to happen in order to prepare. No doctor gets told about the car crash trauma patient they will get, or the house that's going to be burnt for fire fighters, or the criminals that will shoot at the cops. Part of school is preparing for the real world. In fact, in these earlier years of education that is the primary purpose (as learning romantic English literature and 16th century history really has no value beyond interest). Preparation before hand prepares you for the surprised in life. People would certainly expect me to know how to handle all trauma situations in an ER, especially if their loved one was the person on the table.


It goes beyond knowing that a** test is coming. Sure, I am occasionally lazy, but I know that we are supposed to go into class after reviewing at home what we have learned before, so that we continue learning. If OP kept up with everything, there would have been no need to completely bs the exam. The grade wouldn't have been as great as if preparation was allowed, but it wouldn't have been a fail. I'm not saying that I always keep up in my own studies, but I am aware that it is our responsibility to do so.

  kingdomgirl94  |  28

As a student, let me say that it can be really hard to be up to date on all your classes. Especially at a university or even high-school level, the daily and weekly readings are usually skimmed or left until absolutely needed. If I read everything for all my classes every week, I'd be reading 5 novels a week. It's not practical. Sometimes you have to rely on notes and cramming before a test so that you can dedicate a week or a few days to a single subject. Its easier and more practical to focus on each class as-needed than to be always 100% up to date on all readings.


If it's a surprise test, it's probably mid unit and the teacher was using it to see where the class is at. It doesn't make sense studying everyday when that would easily take over an hour considering that most high school students have at least 6 periods with homework and extracurricular activities.