In the midst of the sweltering heat last week, I got to help proctor a couple Advanced Placement exams. In the gym. Which had no air conditioning.
Proctoring an exam is not hard work otherwise. I'm an extra set of eyes in the room, and I help pass out and collect materials. AP students don't usually need any assistance. I'd get called over if a student needed to use the restroom or if one wanted to know how much more time he or she had left.
One boy called me over. There was a problem with his test. One of the questions had been repeated on two pages in a row.
As he explained the situation, I noticed in bold print above the question it said: This question has been reprinted for your convenience. Or something like that. I think I'm getting the exact wording wrong. But the gist is correct.
The boy was concerned that he didn't have enough space to write his full essay answer. He asked if he could just continue with the essay he had started on the previous page. I think. I wasn't really listening.
I put my finger over the bold print, pointing. Once he stopped talking he read what I pointed out.
So, this just goes to prove, even students who are taking college credit courses don't pay attention to all the details.
Of course, he was the only one to ask.