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# Errors In Exams That You Can't Seem To Get Over watch

1. Me, a really stupid error.

I didn't see the last page of the S1 exam (which contained 16% of the whole paper in terms of marks!) until literally the last minute.

Yeah I had nightmares about them too - I dreamt I got a U for maths. Grr...
2. two mistakes I made which really pissed me off:

in P2, i made a mistake in moving from one line of working to the next:

from: y - 2 = -x + 1

to: y = -x - 1 when it should have been y = -x + 3

In M2, I misread the question and read it as 10 metres rather than 10 centimetres
3. i did the integral of 1/x = x^0
instead it shuld b ln x
4. Well, it wasn't in a maths exam...but it was a maths error. In chemistry, I multiplied by two instead of squaring. That's such a STUPID error, cos it was really obvious from the question.
5. It looks as if we should all be applying for AL examiner's jobs in order to have a really hilarious time next summer...

Aitch
6. (Original post by Aitch)
It looks as if we should all be applying for AL examiner's jobs in order to have a really hilarious time next summer...

Aitch
Ten reasons (not?) to become an AQA (Assistant) Examiner:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/over/tenrex.html

A few interesting pointers on how (not) to put an examiner's back up...

Mmm... I think I might have infringed under commandment 5 once or twice...

Aitch
7. I missd out the end of a question where you had to draw a graph cos I didn't see it . I noticed about 30 seconds before the end. It would have been better not to notice at all - then at least I wouldn't have spent months beating myself up about it.

I think the worst thing to do would be to do a paper and then realise that you had your calculator in radians the whole time, and you thought it was in degrees! I was terrified that that would happen (hopefully it didn't).
8. In P4 I thought (wrongly) the integrating factor question was impossible... I then realised that e to the integral of 2/(x+1) dx is not x^2.....
9. In the aqa biology exam it asked for the receptors . I put stretch receptors for lungs and forgot carotid/aortic bodies!
10. (Original post by Allyria)
I think the worst thing to do would be to do a paper and then realise that you had your calculator in radians the whole time, and you thought it was in degrees! I was terrified that that would happen (hopefully it didn't).
other way ronud for me! i needed radians and i had in deg mode, so lost quite a few marks in my P5 that way - grrrr
11. how about tan (pi/4) = 1/2

and this was in a part 1a exam at cambridge.
12. I failed to solve a quadratic

It was to do with measurements so I guessed that it must factorise and then spent the next ten minutes trying to make it factorise when all I should of done was use the formula and right down the horrible decimal number

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