There aren’t many kids out there that like tests and when they come around, kids often panic. Either they didn’t study at all or they did and they worry that they studied the wrong thing or simply won’t remember what they studied. Some kids are worriers when it comes to schoolwork while others are a bit more laid back. Now, these kids are downright creative. Some of them might be trying to have a sarcastic answer to cover the fact that they have no idea what the real answer is. Others might be trying to buck society and the idea of testing in school in general. And then there are those who think they have the right answer because, really, the answers do make sense when we take a look at them.
Whatever the case may be, on each of these tests, we have to wonder how the teacher reacted. Did they smile a bit? Laugh uproariously? Share with their friends in the teacher’s lounge? And what are these kids doing today? We hope it’s something creative because they certainly have a flair for creativity, if these tests are any indication. And they certainly are, just take a look and it’s obvious!
15 The most non-dramatic kid ever
Children react to getting hurt in two ways, in general. There are kids who want attention—or really are hurt—and will scream and cry like it’s the end of the world. And then there are tough kids who will get up and keep going on with their day, even if there is blood trailing down their leg from the wound on their knee. We’re guessing this kid is the second type because when asked how to deal with falling on the playground and scratching their knee, they say they would simply get up and deal with it.
This child gave a right answer, though it probably wasn’t what the teacher was looking for, and it told a lot about their personality. They aren’t the type to attract attention to themselves or ask for help when they can deal with a situation on their own. They’re tough and they’re proving it through their creative answer! Should they have said alert a teacher and get a Band-Aid? Perhaps! But that’s not what they would do and honesty is always the best policy, even on a test, right? We’re guessing more teachers would like this lack of drama in a child after a fall on the playground.
14 The truth hurts, but it's still true
There are few things in life that are certain. They say that there are only two, in fact. Those two things are death and taxes. While a child this age probably hasn’t had to deal with taxes yet, he might already know about death. Perhaps he had some grandparents who were aging and his parents spoke to him about what happens after life ends. Whatever the case may be, he has a grim but truthful outlook on his future. When his teacher asked him to draw a picture of what he will look like in 100 years, he was honest about his case. The fact of life is that most people don’t make it to age 100, much less well past it.
Instead of imagining himself with a bald head and plenty of wrinkles along with a pair of reading glasses, he decides to go with the more honest answer. He likely won’t make it to that age. This is not at all what the teacher intended in this exercise, but this kid has to get points for honesty and creativity. He knows the ways of the world. All that’s left is to teach him about taxes and he’s well on his way.
13 For the music enthusiast
This exam could have taken a very short amount of time, but this kid decided to take his sweet time and elaborate on his answers. All he had to do was name four heavy metals and then briefly notate their symbols. Did he know what a heavy metal was or what any of their symbols were? We’ll never know. Instead of even trying to go that route, he went with sarcasm and named four heavy metal bands. His drawings of their symbols are very good so he must have spent a lot of time on them. Probably a lot more time than it would have taken to list four actual heavy metals.
But his teacher didn’t appreciate the sentiment, or perhaps had never heard of these bands.
Maybe if the instructor takes a little time to do some research, he will notice that the student is right, in some ways. These really are heavy metals—though they are of the musical variety and not what he was intending to ask about. Okay, so the student rightfully had points taken away on this exam, but we think he should get at least a little credit for artistry and creativity. Not everyone thinks this way.
12 What's in a name?
This is a test not just anyone could pass. Many adults probably can’t name all of these quadrilaterals, but thankfully, little Hope can. However, since her teacher was likely looking for “square,” and “rectangle,” among others, it’s unlikely that she got the points she was looking for by giving the four-sided figures actual people names. The only way she could have been more creative was if she had given them more intriguing names. Bob and Sam, after all, are rather normal. She did try with Cate, however, since that’s an odd spelling. And then Tedison sneaks in for something completely different and intriguing.
You’d think that she almost did the right thing because the question does say to make the quadrilaterals. However, there’s also a box that gives the names they are to be given, so she simply didn’t read far enough to get the full idea behind the question. Or perhaps she simply didn’t like those names and through the figures deserved better ones. The next time we refer to a square, we’re most certainly going to call it Bob instead of square. She’s right! It’s a better name! Major creativity points here, whether she knew what she was doing or not.
11 When you're right, you're right
Teachers need to be very careful in forming their test questions because they need to leave nothing to chance. When they give students an opening, most won’t even notice it’s there. But there will always be one. There’s always at least one kid who will notice that the question doesn’t ask as much as it should or that the answer is rather obvious, when you think about it. And that’s what happened here. This student may not have known what the answer the teacher wanted was so they went for the obvious. Or perhaps they did know and they just couldn’t let the opening they recognized go.
The teacher needs to know when they leave a question this open-ended—for the good of future students, right?
And so this student simply did them a favor by pointing it out with their obvious, true answer. How can you mark this wrong? It might not be what the teacher wanted, but it certainly is correct. Of course, 1895 really did end in 1896, so how can they take points off when they student was absolutely right about that fact? We’re guessing they didn’t get 100% on this one, but their creativity was certainly up to par.
10 When you don't feel like explaining
We’ve all taken math tests and we’ve all been in this situation. We know what the answer to the problem is—it might even be easy for us. And yet our teacher wants us to show our work or explain how we got to the answer. Why is that, exactly? We’re right so who cares how we earned the right answer? And yet we have to do as we’re told or else we’ll get points taken off and the test will show up in our grades. It’s a bummer, but it is what it is.
What about the student, who, like many of us, just didn’t feel like explaining where the answer came from? That student could read the explanation question a bit more literally. It didn’t exactly say how to explain, just to explain. And so, rather than getting in depth about the subtraction he just did, he gave a broad explanation. He used simple math and that’s all the teacher needs to know. This isn’t a wrong answer, after all. He really did use math. He just didn’t expand upon his answer when we’re assuming the teacher probably wanted more from that particular question, but they didn’t get it this time.
9 The truth sometimes comes out
Some teachers take it upon themselves to teach children about money and the responsibilities that come along with that. This is something that often comes up at home as well and kids get chores to do in return for an allowance or some kind of payment. Many kids have to make their beds, wash their own plates or clean their rooms. Those are some of the easier chores that parents assign. But apparently not all parents feel that it is fitting to give their children chores. And little Frankie here admits it with pride.
What does he do to earn money at home? Absolutely nothing.
He’s freeloading off his parents and he knows it. Is this the type of kid that grows up to live in his parents’ basement well into his adulthood? Time will tell. It’s one thing to admit that he doesn’t do chores. It’s another to know what “freeloaders” are and the fact that, apparently, he is one. He must be proud of it in order to admit it to his teacher on this worksheet. Perhaps some of his peers will have chores that he thinks sound good and he’ll join in on the work at home and start helping out.
8 There's still a divide between cool and not cool
There are always groups in any school system. There are the jocks, the cheerleaders, the band participants, the smart kids and so on and so forth. No matter how much schools combat divisiveness, there are certain kinds of kids that are going to flock together into groups and enjoy one another’s company. When this teacher gives kids a cause and effect test, she probably isn’t expecting this kind of answer—but it can tell you a lot about the type of kid taking the test.
When looking at this picture and the cause portion of the test, it seems obvious that Tony is probably good at the piano since he practices for 20 minutes every day. But the kid taking the test doesn’t think so. In fact, he thinks that those who play the piano are not of the cool group. They are nerds—it’s plain and simple to him. So what does that say about the kid taking the test? Is he the type who’s going to grow up to shove kids like Tony into lockers? Teachers might want to intervene with this kid early so he can change his ways and enjoy a life free from becoming a bully.
7 If only we were dogs
Anyone who has heard Mariah Carey sing and hit the high notes understands that she can sing higher than anyone else they have probably ever heard in their lives. However, teachers don’t generally use her as the answer to a test question so we’re pretty sure this answer is wrong. Did the student not know the real answer or was this answer just too tempting to pass up? When teachers put certain questions on tests, they are opening up Pandora’s box for those who didn’t study. They may not recognize it when they write the test and pass it out among the class, but they will see what’s what when they get the tests back.
And this is just such an example of one of those questions that seems innocent, but gets sarcastic answers in return.
In fact, this question was answered in a manner that is really rather true. Mariah Carey can sing high! There’s no denying that. And there might even be some people who can’t hear her highest notes at all. We know that dogs enjoy it, but as for some who get earaches easily, maybe not. Her beautiful talent is something this student appreciates for what it is—something rare.
6 Taking things too literally gets points removed
When taking a test, you should generally listen to what’s going on in class and garner information around you in order to answer the questions. If your teacher has been talking about personal hygiene and what you do at home versus what your mom takes care of, then perhaps this answer would be right on. Since they were probably more likely talking about something to do with journalism and the freedom of speech, this answer doesn’t make much sense in that context. Since we don’t have a context and we don’t know for sure what they were talking about in class, we can only assume that this person took the question too literally.
Free press might be what goes on in their home when they mom irons their pants and doesn’t charge them for it.
It’s not going to get them a good grade on the test; we can almost guarantee that. But their teacher has to give them at least brownie points for creativity, right? This is creative stuff and not just anyone would come up with such an answer. Did they know the real answer? Maybe, but this opening might have been too much for them to pass up.
5 There are more reasons than what meets the eye
When it comes to proper education, teachers get a lot of blame or a lot of glory, depending on what happens in their classroom. If the students are advancing and learning well, it’s because of the teacher. If they aren’t doing well on tests and don’t seem to be catching on to concepts, it’s because of the teacher. There are actually a lot of things that have to come together to make a successful classroom. The teacher is one such thing, but they also have to have students that are willing to listen and heed their wisdom. Was this student someone who simply didn’t want to soak up knowledge? Because surely the teacher went over some of the things that can go wrong with a microscope or else why would she ask this question?
However, on the other side of the fence, the student gave a perfectly logical answer. The person using the microscope certainly wouldn’t be able to see anything in it if they were blind. She has to get some creativity points here. She’s right, in many ways. She just didn’t give the answer the teacher wanted or expected, that’s all. So what’s going wrong here—the teacher, the student or both?
4 Mixing classes up a bit
It’s hard to keep all of the classes straight. Students in high school have to go from one to another, compartmentalizing what they just learned and turning that information off as they try to take on information of a different kind. Who finds it easy to go from speech class to math or from home economics to science? It’s a challenge for any student. It’s no wonder that sometimes kids get mixed up and get certain classes confused with others. Perhaps that’s what happened here.
The student thought they were in Government class instead of science and gave an answer they just learned about in the period before science started.
Plus, their answer makes sense, in a lot of ways. Just not any scientific ways like it probably should. Do they get points for this in another class, at least? Can this teacher confer with another and let them know that the student is learning things in their class? Just not science class. But this student wouldn’t be the first one to be confused by science and they certainly won’t be the last. So, they should at least get some credit for creative effort and understanding the depths of communism.
3 Admitting the truth and stopping at that
When a teacher asks you if you can do something, it’s more of a loaded question. When you answer that, yes indeed, you can, you can’t ever stop at that. If you do, they will urge you on and have you show them that you know what you say you know. That’s what’s going on here. Can you draw this? Yes, I can! That’s not going to cut it with any teacher. You have to show what you know or they will assume you don’t really know it. When asked to draw a mushroom, you’d better do it or you won’t get the credit you deserve. It’s never enough to tell a teacher that you know something. You have to prove it to them or you don’t get the points you deserve for actually knowing it.
Perhaps the fundamental issue of this question is the question itself. It actually doesn’t ask the student to draw anything at all. It simply asks if they can. So by answering, they have really done all that was asked of them. The question needs to be a statement that reads “draw a mushroom” instead so the student will have to continue in drawing form.
2 So close, yet so far away
Spanish class has to just a whole bunch of scenarios in order to get students to converse with one another in a new language and learn how certain things work. When you want to learn how to talk about cooking in Spanish, it’s easiest to actually talk about cooking in order to learn certain terms. On this test, the student took things a bit too far and admitted that they didn’t have a sister and moved on with the test. The sister, however, is hypothetical and the teacher was having none of their creative spurt. The teacher marked seven off immediately and moved on to correct the rest of the test.
Not having a sister never hurt so much!
If this student had a sister, perhaps she would have answered the questions and she may have passed the test, or at least have had a better shot. It’s all her parents’ fault now, for not giving her a sibling in the first place, or at least not a female sibling. Do you think that will fly when they find out her test score and why it’s as low as it is? Probably not, but this creative student is bound to try.
1 The lack of support did this student in
There are books that explode on to the market as if they are the only thing that people are reading at that moment. One such series, of course, involves a wizard by the name of Harry Potter. Another series from the past was The Hunger Games, which also got turned into a movie series of its own. So you know the book and the movies are on the brain at times since everyone seems to be reading the books and watching the movies at the same time.
That means that when this question came up, the book might seem like an obvious answer to the student taking the test. They had to have another answer in mind from their class sessions or textbook readings, right? And yet this is what they chose. Popular culture is taking over the classroom and is even an answer to test questions that have no real relation. The worst thing about the answer is they didn’t give any examples. Did the answer itself speak for itself and that’s all they thought they needed? Perhaps. After all, hasn’t everyone read the books or at least seen the movies by now? What did the teacher think when this test came up to the top of the pile?