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Anarchic Things To Do In An Exam

Updated on September 24, 2013

When I was at school I detested exams. To me they embodied all the things that I hated about school life and I would often sit in an exam hall dreaming of various ways I could disrupt the process. Some of the ideas that I came up with (and wish I'd have had the balls to carry out) are listed below.

Things You Could Try - WARNING: carrying out any one of these suggestions could result in punishment / expulsion / failing exams!

  1. Snap your pen in half then ask the invigilator for a new one, stating that your pen 'broke'. Then snap that one in half and ask for a new one again. Repeat until you get bored of this / are thrown out of the exam.
  2. Throw your exam paper across the room and then politely ask the invigilator if they would pick it as you have dropped it. Repeat a few more times for your amusement.
  3. Turn up for an exam in a subject you have never even studied. Refuse to leave and demand that they let you take the exam.
  4. Midway through the exam stand up and proclaim, 'I'M SPARTACUS!!'
  5. Put your hand up in your modern languages exam and request that the paper be translated into English.
  6. Instead of writing anything simply scribble meaningless markings all over your paper. Then put your hand up and ask the invigilator if they think your handwriting is clear enough.
  7. Move your chair a metre away from your desk. Then inform the invigilator that you can't reach your exam paper.
  8. Before the exam starts inform the invigilator that you don't have a copy of the exam paper. When they point out that it is right in front of you insist that it isn't there and say in a concerned voice, 'Are you OK? You seem to be imagining things'.
  9. Instead of reading each question in your head, sing each one out loud.
  10. Place your exam paper on your head. Then put up your hand and with a wide-eyed, confused expression explain that your exam paper has disappeared and you simply can't find it anywhere.
  11. Treat the invigilator like your own personal slave. Make requests such as:

    ~ 'I'd like a coffee - a vanilla latte would be great thanks.'

    ~ 'Hhhhmmmm... I'm a tad sleepy - couldn't grab me a cushion could you?'

    ~ 'My dominant hand's occupied writing at the moment - so I'd be grateful if you could wipe my nose for me.'

  12. As you walk into the room try to slip the chief invigilator a wad of cash (as an obvious bribe for some extra help). If they refuse to take it put your hand up during the exam and offer some more (that you've sneakily hidden on yourself) to whoever comes over. If they still won't accept throw it at them and scream, 'TTTAAAAAAAKKEE IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTT!!!!!!'.
  13. Midway through the exam put your hand up. Then, in a whisper, explain to the invigilator that you are writing top secret information and ask if they could please provide you with invisible ink.
  14. Deliberately choose a calculator that resembles a mobile phone. In the middle of the exam, sneakily take the calculator out of your pocket and hold it up to your ear as if you're ringing someone. Then, when an angry invigilator comes over to disqualify you, innocently show them what you are really holding, protesting, 'But I thought calculators were allowed in this one?'. Watch their reactions of disbelief.
  15. When you go over to your seat, bring with you a load of personal belongings (such as your cuddly toy, hairbrush, bedside lamp etc) and place these on your desk. When asked why you brought them reply, 'I was just trying to make myself feel at home'.
  16. Make your handwriting really big (so that you can only fit a few words per page) and keep putting your hand up for more paper. Continue this until you have used up all the paper reserves and are surrounded by piles of paper.

Real Life Example Of Genius Exam Prank

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Not sure you really ought to do any of these things, but it was a good laugh!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I especially love your title. Anarchy seems quite fitting when one considers the nature of many exams.

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      electrolion 4 years ago

      Giggles and laughs. What we all need. Love this lens.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      I love it. Hard to find humor on most of the internet. Certainly not much of it on Squidoo. Good job!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @bornot2b1: Haha, yeah it's so true that how 'well' you do at school isn't the be all and end all of how the rest of your life will go!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @stephen downing: Oh yes! What a simple yet brilliant idea!

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      stephen downing 4 years ago

      I think a loud squeaking pen would be good as well.

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      bornot2b1 4 years ago

      hahaha, I had always been one of the best students of the year, so your lens made me laugh like mad (I never had trouble using up all the exam time. I just loved sitting for exams!) But hang on, let me guess, you have never had trouble finding a good job in life? (My uni friends all the ones who got trouble with exams and assignments, are all now very successful in life, as managers of big & famous companies, travelling to one country after another for conferences... Sandwich with that, they have cruises, holiday with family annually - big spender (and they have the money to spend too))

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Ahaha... yeah that's a point actually. Never seems quite so appealing when there's your own money involved!

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      I hate exams too, almost as much as I hate job interviews! I had a good chuckle, but would hate to be thrown out of a college exam when having to pay so dearly for tuition.

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      We are tested every day. Deal with it!

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      NoYouAreNot 4 years ago

      #14 is a good one -- I'd try it, if I was still at school

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      cdevries 4 years ago

      Tempting. Very tempting.

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      cjbmeb14 lm 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens with some good information.

      Enjoyed the lens a lot thanks.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      I hate exams - but by focusing on them - you get out of them faster and don't need to repeat.

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      CuriousBoy 4 years ago

      I'd say that you don't lack of imagination.

      A "little rebel" I'd say... but sure a creative one!

      The squirting pen joke is not too bad...

      Could I try on you first?

      Please...

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @Ibidii: Well at least you found something creative to do with answer papers lol! Argh... I hate it when they make stupid assumptions like that based on silly exam results! You'd think they'd take the time to work out why you didn't do so well...

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      renewedfaith2day 4 years ago

      What's most disturbing is the notion that you may have actually tried some of these.

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      Digory LM 4 years ago

      Very funny. Thanks for the comic relief.

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      Ibidii 4 years ago

      LOL!!! NibsyNell - really funny! Love it! I made patterns out of the ovals in the answer column. I am legally blind and I could not read the questions. I was too shy to tell the teachers about my disability. Back then I never spoke up. That's was in the 60's. I am sure they had me marked for an idiot on my profile because I did that on the tests... LOL!!

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      Too cute... love the idea of singing the questions. I actually always preferred exams to anything else we did in school, mostly because I never heard the Most Dreaded Phrase on exam day: "Today, I'd like you to split into groups."

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      These are hilarious! I wouldn't have had the guts but I wish someone else had.

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      Interesting thoughts, some of which many of us would love to put into practice.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Great ideas thanks

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @ManipledMutineer: Ahaha! Now that's a brilliant idea! :)

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      ManipledMutineer 4 years ago

      You should call for a flagon of ale to refresh yourself part way through. If they refuse, tell them that it is in the college statutes.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @Short_n_Sweet: Ahaha! Sorry about that! Hopefully no one will take any of this advice in any future exams you sit! Wishing you many more happy exam experiences! :)

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      Short_n_Sweet 4 years ago

      Hey I love exams!!! No disruption during exams!!

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      Ha! This was great! Back in my day you would probably not only get kicked out of school for some of this, but spanked too. Hmmm....

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      Kay 4 years ago

      Fun and interesting ideas. I'm one of those strange people that always liked exams though. It the rest of school that just bored me to tears :) Fun page!

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      AnimalHouse 4 years ago

      Could be a great idea to overcome boredom! Thanks for sharing this fun-filled lens.

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      zumbawjade 4 years ago

      Hahahaha very funny. With finals quickly approaching, I can easily imagine doing a lot of these!

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      Thanks for making me laugh, I love your lenses!

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      pinkrenegade lm 4 years ago

      This is fun! I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      pinkrenegade lm 4 years ago

      This is fun! I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Thanks!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Sounds like you're one wild and crazy character!

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I hated those exams too! Glad those days are over!

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting read. thanks for some great ideas.

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      Scullyvan 4 years ago

      Anything to get through an exam. These are some terrific ideas.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Not too sure about this idea. Does it do anyone any good? Does it hurt anyone? (Probably it's like shooting yourself in the foot: at least you'll know whether the gun really works.)

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      Mawkjump 4 years ago

      I always saw exams as something to live through. Like a shot, just get it over with and then reward yourself with a tasty treat. But I think a good prank in an unexpected arena (like a testing hall) keeps us all from becoming test-zombies. Thanks for the lens.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @AstroGremlin: Ahaha!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Glad to hear it: exams can be so traumatic you need to find some ways of making them fun!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @CoolFool83: Thank you!

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      Religious clothing? What religion? Poultryism? Oh, then it's okay.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I have had a lot of problems with my exams even without pranks, but had certainly my share of fun too. Thanks for some nice ideas:)

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Exams were never my favorite. Great lense.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @ismeedee: Yeah that's so true! Whoever sets those exams must be a sadist surely! :P

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Haha! I'm a bit of a rebel, so I like it! Anyway I think exams are criminal. Why do we have to torture people as a means of proving they've memorised stuff?? It's not learning and it's not true assessment of learning. It's bullying!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Ahaha yes! We could have been partners in crime!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Pity we did not take the exams in the same class you and me I would have had a hilarious time yes indeed.

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      rooshoo 4 years ago

      I hate exams too. So so much.

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      TurtleLoverGirl 4 years ago

      ha hilarious - but let's not encourage anybody to actually do these! lol!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Interesting ideas!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @reasonablerobby: ahahaha! the heel clicking's a great idea - it would annoy the hell out of the invigilator but you probs wouldn't even get in trouble. Those poor people at the front though lol. :P

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      reasonablerobby 4 years ago

      Lets have a poll so we can vote on the most outrageous idea!

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      reasonablerobby 4 years ago

      Ha ha , when I was doing 'O' levels we used to click our shoe heels on one side of the room to attract the invigilator and then when s/he arrived friends on the other side of the room would do the same. Best of all was smuggling in a massive Maths text book and throwing it from the back of the room to hit the heads of the people at the front of the hall. (circa 1972!!)