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F in Exams: The Best Test Paper Blunders

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Celebrating the creative side of failure, "F in Exams" gathers the most hilarious and inventive test answers provided by students who, faced with a question they have no hope of getting right, decide to have a little fun instead.
Paperback, 127 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Summersdale
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Nandakishore Varma
Feb 17, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this one!

Many of these weirdly funny answers have been circulating on the social media, so it's not entirely new to me, but it's always hilarious to see this mostly wrong yet refreshingly different answers.


There is a running joke in our college, when a Chemical Engineering student was asked during his Electrical lab exam: "How do you start an induction motor?". The guy had no clue, but plunged ahead - "mmmmmMMMMM..." "Stop it!" The chagrined examiner roared. The boy
Amy Turner
Aug 14, 2011 Amy Turner rated it really liked it
a fun quick read. My favorite:

Name 6 animals that live in the Arctic.

Two polar bears and four seals.
Mar 05, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: education
What was the main industry in Persia?
- cats!

What is conditional probability?
- maybe, maybe not.

Describe the term "stakeholder."
- a vampire hunter. buffy being the most famous.

Define the term "intensive farming."
- it is when a farmer never has a day off.

Name six animals that live specifically in the Arctic.
- two polar bears & four seals.

Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
- at the bottom. duh.

Name the smaller rivers that run into the Nile.
- the juveniles

Oct 02, 2011 Autumn rated it really liked it
LOL!!!!!!! I wish i had the balls to write such atrocities as a way of improvising. Whether you are a college student, or still in HS, there are questions for everyone to identify with- I can guarantee you a deja-vu or two! :P

The Bio section was definitely my favorite one.

some i wanted to share here..

What is a "stakeholder"?
Someone who kills vampires. Buffy being the most famous.


May 28, 2011 David rated it really liked it
When I was much younger, a 10th-grade vocabulary quiz had a word I couldn't remember how to spell or to define. Knowing that any answer I gave would be way off, my attempt to use the word in a sentence read, "The psychophant pulled back the curtain with his trunk and stabbed her to death with his tusks."

I don't know if a record of that answer exists anywhere, but this book is a collection of exactly that sort of answers from students who knew they would lose the point but decided to go for laugh
Dec 31, 2014 Ferdy rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Liked it for the most part, it was kind of disappointing though in that I was expecting a lot more laughs. I guess it was still enjoyable even though it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. Also, I'd already come across quite a few of the 'hilarious and inventive' test answers before so that was a bit of a let down as well.

Favourite answer:

Is the sun or moon more important?

The moon gives us light at night when we need it. The sun only provides light in the day when we don't. There
Lord Nouda
Apr 26, 2012 Lord Nouda rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, humor
I had pretty mixed feelings about this book. For a comedy book it wasn't very funny. In fact, only 10% of the "funny" answers got a laugh of out me. Most of the answers were just plain stupid, especially the farming bit (under Geography). Stupidity isn't humorous. In fact, I'd wager a guess that the author came up with a significant portion of the answers since they had all the same "OMG I'm trying too hard to be funnies!" feeling to them.

The bits that were funny were more in line with tongue in
Feb 16, 2016 Zee rated it liked it
Shelves: humour, booksread2013
Discuss the style of Romeo and Juliet.

It is written in Islamic pentameter. The play is full of heroic couplets, one example being Romeo + Juliet themselves.

Sep 03, 2011 Meaghan rated it really liked it
This book is really amusing. My favorite answers to exam questions were:

Write the first and second Laws of Thermodynamics.
First rule of thermodynamics is that you do not talk about thermodynamics.
Second rule of thermodynamics is that you do not talk about thermodynamics.

There are 300 students in the 10th grade. Mark and Mary want to find out their 10th grade's favorite color. Mary asks 30 people. Mark asks 150 people. Mark says, "My conclusions are more likely to be reliable than Mary's." Why do
Jul 12, 2012 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Q: Explain the concept of homeostasis?
A: It is when you stay at home all day and don’t go out.

Тази година на приемния изпит по биология в МУ-София се падна тема за хомеостаза, та се чудя колко ли биха писали на кандидат, написал такава чудесия.
Аз пък, от своя страна, днес бях в перфектна "хомеостаза" и трябваше само да си намеря още и още книги за четене и това беше една от тях. Ученическите бисери винаги са ме забавлявали. Някои от тези просто ме разсмяха до сълзи, други вече бях мяркала из ин
Dec 16, 2011 Tamara rated it really liked it

Favorite Quotes

Give a brief explanation of the meaning of the term "hard water."

What is the highest frequency noise that a human can register?
Mariah Carey

Is the sun or moon more important?
The moon gives us light at night when we need it. The sun only provides light in the day when we don't. Therefore the moon is more important.

Write two thousand in figures.
Two thousand in figures

What happens during a census?
During the census, a man goes door to door and increases the population
Devlin Scott
Time for a Devlin Pop Quiz boys and girls…

Question: What does reading this book of wrong test answers teach us as a group?

a) that recesses need to be reduced to encourage more group study time
b) that recesses need to be longer to reduce student stress levels
c) that libraries are dangerously under-stocked on the necessary books
d) teachers are grossly underpaid

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Nov 12, 2012 Hava rated it liked it
Notice the strange combination of tags that I gave for this book: Both the fiction and non-fiction label. I did that because although I read the front, back, and every page in the book, trying to find out how they gathered these "test answers," I couldn't find a single scrap of info. Did they ask teachers to submit funny answers? Did they ask students to do it? Or did they just make them up? I know the book was meant to be entertaining, not necessarily factual, but the lack of transparency on ho ...more
This was a very quick read. I think it took me all of 10-15 minutes. I'd say it's a good book to have out as a coffee table book, or in a waiting room. Some of the examples are very funny, others less so. You may have already seen several of these funny answers somewhere on the internet ( comes to mind). The humor of the book is somewhat lessened to me because I'm concerned that many of the examples are fake. If you notice, *several* of the examples are written in the same "handwri ...more
Michele C
Aug 31, 2012 Michele C rated it it was ok
Reaction before reading: I saw this book at Urban Outfitters and it looks great! I'm so glad my library had it :D I just hope it's actually entertaining...

Rating: 2 Stars :(

For a book that's supposed to be funny and entertaining it's really not very funny. Most of the test answers in the book were pretty "dumb" and not hilarious like I hoped. There were a few answers that I found myself laughing at but many of these questions and answers I've seen on websites such as pinterest (<3),tumblr an
Galilea Estrada
Jun 01, 2015 Galilea Estrada rated it it was amazing
I really like this book because even though he got fs in his quizzes it was still pretty funny how he answered he's questions. I wouldn't recommend copying the answers from this book because there just going to fail you and your teachers are going to think that you are crazy. I can't wait to read the other books if there are.
Ryk Stanton
Apr 14, 2015 Ryk Stanton rated it it was ok
These aren't honest errors, which can be funny. Most of these are the results of test-takers with no ideas writing irrelevant non-answers trying to get cute points. There's just not enough here, and the "blunders" are not funny enough to merit this book. I'll be honest - several of these seem to be made up, quite possibly by the author to flesh out the book.

It's just not worth your time to look at and certainly mot worth your money to buy as anything more than a gag gift. It is what it is, but y
May 07, 2016 Alexander rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A really good book for a quick laugh.
Nov 07, 2015 Debora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 3-stars
Dat was best grappig ;D
Feb 19, 2016 Lela rated it liked it
Shelves: laugh-out-loud
A funny read for anyone looking for a short read. Just picked this up to take a break from the serious reading I was doing on War and Peace and managed to finish it quickly. Overall it was ok, with some really amusing and hilarious answers but I think anyone can get most of what the book offered by just googling “hilarious exam answers “ on the internet.

Anyway, just wanted to list my favourites:

Subject: Math
What is the splitting formula?
Boy meets girl - boy meets another girl-- girl finds o
Kayla Loewen
Feb 26, 2016 Kayla Loewen rated it it was amazing
Soooo funny!
Jul 24, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it
I thought that this was a fun diversion filled with the creative and sometimes desperate answers to test questions. Some of these appear to be simple misspelled words, while others were students desperately stretching for something, anything that might give them a shot at a few points with their instructor.

A few examples:

What happens when your body starts to age?
When you get old your organs work less effectively and you can go intercontinental

Give a reason why people would want to live near pow
Feb 11, 2014 Traci rated it really liked it
An incredibly short but funny book, the sort of thing that takes you maybe 30 minutes to read. Just be sure you're among friends if you're reading it around other people, as you will be laughing out loud - and you don't want people thinking you're weird. Also good to be reading around friends as you'll definitely want to share some of the crazy answers. You can tell some of the test takers just didn't care that they didn't know the answer; they have fun making up stuff. Some of the answers are s ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
I keep stealing people's stocking-fillers to read. This one was my housemate's. It's pretty much along the same lines as one of those email forwards I used to get all the time, about silly things people wrote on exam papers. Some of these are pretty unbelievably silly, but anyway, it's worth a giggle or two.
Just funny test answers kids wrote.


Hugo King is an engineer. He is a sole trader. Explain the business term "sole trader."

It means he sold his sole to the devil!

Good for a laugh.
Feb 25, 2012 Jasmine rated it it was ok
Shelves: n-a
this is the beginning of my attempt to read all the books I own that I don't think are worth moving.
Jan 07, 2013 Jillyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: students, teachers
Recommended to Jillyn by: Christi
Shelves: blog, given-away
F in Exams is a book that every student can relate to. It is a short collection of some of the cleverest and idiotic answers ever written on tests. It is divided by subject (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math, Business & Technology, Psychology, History & Geography, and English) so that the reader can look at a specific class, whether it is their favorite or perhaps the one that they guessed on a lot in high school too.


+ This was a very short, funny read that didn't pretend to be any
Dec 02, 2015 James rated it it was amazing
This is for all of us who've ever looked at test questions, realized we had no idea what the right answers were, and decided to just have fun with them (what, you haven't?) Some of the answers appear to have been in earnest, but a lot were more "oh, what the hell."
This is one of those books that made me laugh out loud often enough that my wife couldn't wait for me to finish it so she could grab it.
Oct 13, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
I do have to admit, I didn't understand all of the answers, but it was definitely a hilarious book when I did. The author of F in Exams, I think, did a good job separating the more funny answers, so it kept the reader reading out of, "I want to know," and enjoyment/entertainment. I do wish that the book went on though, having funny answers to L.A., S.S., and/or Science questions. This book is for sure going to be recommended to other people!
Feb 15, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
This quick-to-read book gives funny examples of how real high school students have answered test questions. The book is divided into chapters for various content areas like Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, etc. One of my favourites: Q: Explain the process of learning. A: A process by which information goes into one ear and out the other.

This is a light, fast and entertaining book. The students answers, although they often reflect a lack of knowledge, also usually show a great deal of wit and inte
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Question: Redundancy is often an unpleasant and unexpected event in someone's life. Give two examples of unexpected life events.

Answer: 1) death 2) Reincarnation”
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