It’s here, what you’ve all been waiting for, and I couldn’t be more excited to share my laughter with you. The test was similar to the first and they’re always allowed to use their books, but no cell phones or dictionaries this time. If they were paying attention in class and taking notes (which I tell them to write in their workbooks) they should have every answer and explanation. Let’s begin, shall we.
Instructions: Write your name and class number at the top of this paper. Do not write your student number. (Please keep in mind I thoroughly explained how important it is to read all instructions before writing anything down. This was part of their test.)
Student: Chinese name (in Chinese characters, of course, which I can’t read….they all choose an English name specifically for this class) and 201020076 (her student number) (*Sigh* “Here we go!”)
Question: What should you underline? (The class before the test we discussed the skill of taking tests and how to succeed.)
(Book: Underline the answer in the text.)
Student: important part (True, but what is the important part called?)
Another student: make checking quicker (I later realized they were trying to answer “Why”. E for effort, but E doesn’t have any points behind it.)
Question: What should you do to your answers once you have finished the test?
(Book: Use any time you have left to check your answers.)
Another student: guess (Honesty, can’t beat it.)
Question: What 4 countries are the company’s markets?
Student: salary sheets
Another student: sales markets
Another student: Veronique LeBouf, Manchester, Paula Stewart, Rome (Hey, you understood “4”!)
Another student: Rome, Florida, Sarah Longman (A city, a state, and a person…not quite.)
Another student: France, Italy, Spain, Britain (That’s exactly right. BORING! I need to make my tests harder.)
Question: Where was reliability in 1993? (There are graphs and charts to look at.)
Student: Britain (You do know reliability isn’t the name of a person, right?)
Question: What is the name of First Group’s subsidiary?
Student: Juliet Sharman (Me: I’m going to start a campaign called “Real Companies Don’t Buy Women“.)
Question: What kind of graph shows sales by product range?
Student: trangea (Wait, is there some kind of newfangled graph I don’t know about? *Clicks Google*)
Another student: E (What list of letters are you choosing this from?)
Question: Why has punctuality continued to improve this year?
Student: Government reducing it’s financial support (Now THAT sounds like a can of worms!)
Question: What company makes office furniture and supplies?
Student: I don’t not (…So, you do?…doesn’t matter, wrong.)
Question: Who is Juliet Sharman giving the presentation to?
Student: Earlier (We need to talk about names. Did Beyond write this? *flips over page to look at name*)(I ACTUALLY have a student named Beyond.)
Another student: Juliet Sharman (Maybe in preparation, like for practice, but I don’t think that’s what they’re talking about in the book.)
Question: What was the reason for growth of annual passenger revenue?
Student: bad service (In China, this makes perfect sense. I don’t know why, it just does.)
Question: Write the website “www dot crossfit dot com”. (These were supposed to by my freebie questions because there’s a box that gives you the symbol for the different words. Ex: colon = :, backslash = \, etc.)
Student: http://www.ikea.com (WHAT?!)
Another student: http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/
Question: Write the email address “emily underscore forward slash backslash underscore colon at QQ dot com”.
Student: firstname.lastname@example.org (Makes perfect sense from 4 pages back, but no.)
Another student: No. (Well, then it’s wrong. I don’t know what to tell you.)
Question: Which is more formal, a note or a memo?
Another student: ASAP
Another student: Pan-European (Where do they come up with this stuff? I don’t even remember reading that.)
Question: Where is this company based?
Student: Veronique LeBouf (Sounds like a loose woman if you ask me.)
Another student: Where it is based. (YES! No.)
Question: By how much did punctuality grow from 1993 to 1995?
Student: reduce 6% (Nothing on this entire page reduced by 6%. What book were you using?)
Question: What is the possible day and time of the meeting?
(Book: Monday a.m.)
Student: Helsinki tomorrow (Sounds like a James Bond film.)
Another student: tomorrow (Not on your schedule, by the book’s schedule.)
Another student: pricing strategies
Question: What do Henry, Sue and Mike need to discuss?
Student: Yes, they do. (Reminds me of “The Other Sister” when the bartender says to Daniel [the mentally handicapped boy] “Merry Christmas!” and he replies, “Yes it is!”)
Another student: Yes.
Question: Who does Henry need to call?
Student: Henry (Himself?! When was the last time you called yourself? Don’t answer that!)
Question: What does Mike need Sue to give him ASAP?
Question: Who does the prize for Salesperson on the Year go to?
Student: World Cup year (I’m pretty sure this is information from the last test. READ YOUR DIRECTIONS!!!)
Question: What 2 things is Figure 4 about?
Student: get up (No, it’s “Get out!” and it’s an expression used when you can’t believe what someone told you. This is not the right context for that.)
Question: Answer each question with A-H from diagram on Pg 34.
Student: 1. DF 2. AF 3. DH 4. AB 5. CD (Clever with the two answers. Even if I took one of the answers, you’d still get every single one wrong. Now THAT’S horrible guessing.)
Turns out all my classes did better overall than the last test. We’re moving up, people! Before you know it, I won’t even be able to blog about it anymore because they’ll all be answering the questions correctly! I’ve learned that most of the time the really ridiculous answers are the ones they had no idea on, but put something just so they wouldn’t leave them blank, which I applaud. I get a lot of “I don’t know” and “it doesn’t say”. Some students did the same, some did worse, but what really makes my heart go pitter-patter is to see a girl who didn’t pass the first one, pass with flying colors on the second one. I’m so proud of them when they do that!
The curve will still be ginormous on this test.