Pencils on exams.


In the days where standardized tests and driver’s license exams are given on computers, it would not seem that pencils would come up in rules or regulations. But our friend Alcarwen writes about an instance in a university where one professor is no fan of graphite:

“Yesterday, during an exam, I was tempted to take it in pencil; maybe it would help the ideas flow better or something. I had some vague idea that perhaps our Prof would disapprove, so I opted for Gel Ink instead. Two classmates went the pencil route.

At the end of the exam, our Prof heartily expressed her disapproval of the pencil route. She told us that someone might erase the answers.

Erase the answers?

Has academic dishonesty gotten that bad? That someone might sneak into an office and erase someone else’s exam? Or a prof could change a student’s answer in order to fail them? Yikes!”

Read the rest of this great post here.

[Text and image, Alcarwen. Used with permission.]

3 thoughts on “Pencils on exams.”

  1. Kinda strange — if the professor didn’t like pencil, why didn’t she just ask people to use pen?

    I’ve found that many college students hesitate to use pen on exams because they’ve been told earlier in life not to cross anything out. Imagine, someone reconsidering a word or phrase! It always amazes me what people will “take off points” for.

  2. what i REALLY love about the picture accompanying that article is the book. for those unfamiliar with those books, (and the actual name of the edition escapes me at the moment) but those little books are either latin or greek texts.

    a really lovely touch that warmed my heart. thanks!

  3. Those are Loeb classical editions, published by Harvard University Press. They’re in translation with either the original Latin or Greek on the opposing page. (Red signifies a Latin text, Green Greek.)

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