When Professors include Song-Lyrics in Exams

First semester of the first year English Language is done. Exams are over with, and now I know that I passed all of them on the first go I can finally take a breather and think back. First thing that pops into my mind? My Language Acquisition exam. One of the exams I least liked, but brings a smile to my face nonetheless. Why? Well, the professors decided to include song-lyric texts in the exam.

Fun idea? Yes. Good idea? I don’t know. The thing is, my head is like a jukebox. Once I see (or hear) the lyrics of a song I like, it starts playing on repeat in my mind. Which isn’t the best thing to happen to you when you’re trying to make an exam in a space filled with students focussing on their exams, scribbling away furiously and *crickets* quietly.

Gosh, when I think back to that exams it brings a smile to my face. It was pretty hilarious. Because once the song-lyric is on repeat in my mind. I need to find an outlet (aka I need to sing, out of tune, to try and get rid of it), which was so not a possibility at the time. I felt like standing up and getting my groove on. Which would have been extremely hilarious, but so embarrassing.


Needless to say, I finished the exam in record time (actually managed to get  a good grade even though the jukebox in my mind was on playing very loudly) and walked around singing ‘You and I’ and ‘This is how we do it’ the remainder of the day. Or remainder of the week really… that’s what happens when I walk around with song-lyrics in my head.

I guess we all have those moments where you have this song stuck in your head, but singing it out loud would be incredibly inappropriate. And that made me curious.

So tell me about your crazy, weird, embarrassing, or just plain hilarious experiences!



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  1. 03/03/2015 / 18:33

    I think that’s pretty cool that your professor included lyrics on the test! While you’re feeling anxious and nervous, I think seeing / singing those lyrics can ease you up a bit. I know it would for me! But yeah, that can be distracting though since you feel like singing along while taking a test. Hmm, a funny instance that happened to me while taking a test is that some of my teachers back in high school would put “Which is the best class?” as the last question of the final, and of course, I would put THAT class hahaha.

    • Iris
      04/03/2015 / 22:45

      They did definitely eased me up a bit! But then the songs got stuck in my head haha.
      Haha, I hope you got bonus points for that answer (it is a very strategic answer *winks*)

  2. 05/03/2015 / 18:20

    This is such a funny story! My dad is a professor, and I always think it’s funny when he slips pop culture references into his exams.

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