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F in Exams: The Most Hilarious Answers Students Put on Tests

Because so many who read my blogs are educators, I thought you might enjoy this list of actual answers that students gave on school exams. The answers were from middle school, high school and college students—and while they may spark a chuckle from you, they may not spark hope. Enjoy…

Funny test questions

1. Biology class: Name six animals that live specifically in the arctic.

A: Two polar bears and four seals.

2. Chemistry class:  What is a nitrate?

A: It is much cheaper than a day rate.

3. Business and Technology class: Explain the phrase “free press.”

A: When your mom irons your pants for you.

4. Biology class discussion about veins: What is the meaning of the word “varicose”?

A: Close by.

5. Physics: Is the sun or the moon more important?

A: The moon gives us light at night when we need it. The sun only provides light in the day when we don’t need it. Therefore, the moon is more important.

6. Earth science: Over the last fifty years there has been a significant change in the concentration of carbon dioxide. Give a reason for this.

A: It’s easily distracted.

7. Business management class: What is a partnership?

A: A ship that takes two people to drive.

8. Biology class: What does “terminal illness” mean?

A: When you become ill at the airport.

9. Business: Define the term “stakeholder.”

A: Someone who hunts vampires. Buffy being the most famous.

10. Athletic Application: Church preference?

A: Red brick.


Have you received any test answers that brought a smile to your face?


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  1. susan barber on November 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I could publish a book of these. One of my favorites –
    Q: Why are the Fireside Poets important?
    A: To most people, they aren’t.
    Also on a recent test I asked students “what confuses you about poetry” in order for me to get feedback so I could be a better teacher. One student responded – “why Robert Frost is so popular.” I thought that was funny.
    Thanks for all of your work with students. I just finished listening to Carol Dweck’s podcast and have several notes to share with my teachers.

  2. Cyndee on November 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I taught gifted English Language Arts in the middle school for several years. One day I asked my sixth graders to “draw a conclusion” about something we were reading. Two of the students literally “drew” their inferences…

  3. Bill Becker on July 16, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Permission slips went home for the solar eclipse so kids could view it. I decided to call on a few. One parent wanted to know what time she needed to pick up her child. I told her we were going to view it as school about 12:30. “Oh, I thought it was going to be at night,” she replied.

  4. Guerrero Linda on July 3, 2020 at 3:35 pm

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  5. Arshad Saqib on December 28, 2020 at 2:24 am

    Great work…

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F in Exams: The Most Hilarious Answers Students Put on Tests