It’s semester test week at my oldest daughter’s high school. She’s knee deep in study guides and test prep. It got me thinking about the semester tests I took in school.
They all kind of blended together but there was one particular semester test that stood out. It was a science test my freshman or sophomore year.
The teacher passed out the test and as soon as I saw it I knew it wasn’t going to be an ordinary test. My classmates and I were given a blank piece of paper. When we all had one our teacher gave us the test instructions:
“Write down 100 things you learned this semester. Each one is worth a point.”
This took what I thought would be a tricky test and made it an easy one. I simply started putting down all the information from the study guide we were given.
There were vocabulary words, true and false questions, and fill-in-the-blanks that could all be turned into something learned. With a little thought and careful wording, some could even be turned into a couple items learned on the test.
That was probably the only semester test that I got 100% on. Actually, I got a 101% on it because we got an extra credit point for our name.