More fascinating test results
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More fascinating test results
Entered on: 05/12/1998
These are from my temp job as a reader for the Psychological Corporation
(a division of Harcourt-Brace. Yes, the textbook people). At the
Scoring Center we graded standardized tests. I got off okay, though, I
could have been one of the people running the Scan-Tron portions through
the machines for eight hours a day. Instead, I graded essays. I worked
on two projects: the Oklahoma sixth-grade test and the L.A. high school
test. To keep our sanity, we posted some of the more creative statements
on the bulletin board at the front of the room. So you can rest assured
that these *are* true, and haven't been running around the Net (except
when I posted them to alt.grad.skool.sux last year) and gaining fake
These two examples are from the Oklahoma test. Students were told to
write an essay taking a stand on whether or not you should be able to wear
headphones while riding a bicycle. They were mostly really boring, and
occasionally inexplicable (none of us could ever figure out what an
"obtuse pothole" was), but here's three ... different ... ones:
If you wear portable radios with earphones, you could be in the way of a
major emergency trying to take place.
The car honked, he didn't hear and was ran over. His name was Jason and
I did not like him anyway. So I think that people should be able to
listen to radios on their bikes.
I also feel a sense of comfort and ease when I am associating with
complete musical sounds that are objective upon my contrast and
**Now for the L.A. ones. Keep in mind as you read that these are high
school students. They were given a list of jobs available in a mall and
told to write a job application essay describing their qualifications.
You can figure most of the jobs out from context; when it's not clear I
added it in brackets. [salesperson at clothing, music or pet stores,
food service cook or cashier, security guard, gardener, childcare
service] Actually, a lot of them were heartrending, because this was
only a few months after the L.A. riots, and a number of kids told
about losing their jobs because their workplaces had been burned
down. Original spelling and grammar has been preserved, and sometimes
I couldn't refrain from editorial comment [in brackets].
I am the star basketball.
I have had a lot of experience with gardening. When I was in
kindergarten I had the only bean that sprouted.
[Better than mine!]
My name is Charles Xavier.
My past experiences include a part-time job as a lawnmower for
half a year.
When it comes dwon to education Im a geniuos...
I am Albert Einstein's illegitimate son...I've also built an atomic bomb
in my room.
I am the three oldest of six children.
I can cook good and respect costumers as well. [Good thing to do in
I had 2 very good childhood.
My credit is as clear as a young child. [And mine is a clear as an old
I'm...intneding to graduate as a valivictorian.
My grades are superior with a 5.2 average.
My background is personal because I dont like tell people my business.
Trust me. I'm a really nice person.
I can sell dirt to a streetperson.
I can cook real food. Not like tacos and burgers.
I graduated school with a. I.Q.
My goal as an adult is to be a European fashion designer. [As opposed to
am *American* fashion designer?]
Animals are my favorite living things next to humans.
Alot of people tell me that I can sell the Brooklen Bridge back to
I used to do that but I got fired because the store broke.
I'm the present of the class.
I would take good care of the cash register and this store if I am haired.
I am a member of "Save the Extinct Animals."
I've washed many animals.
I would be glad if you would hire me for this job. You would regret it.
I have good educational background. My parents went to school.
I worked in a flower shop as a flower's assistant.
I enjoy the smell of food.
I used to teach english in Highschool.
I would like to work with a cashier because Ive experienced many machines
like cashiers at my school.
In my spare time I dance with Janet Jackson dancers.
They are sometimes wild, but I could clam them down.
I love any kind of fiction or faction.
Im applying for this type of job [security guard] because I feel Im a
very large person.
Im very interesting in that job. [I don't doubt it]
Im 7 years old and Im in eleven grades.
I can hold my breath for 4 minutes [applying for gardener's assistant.]
I have work in a pet stop before.
I heve experience as a cash register.
The reason I am fit for this job is because I have a vulgar display of
I will keep the mall safe from unwarted hoodlums.
I think it would be harder for a teenager to sell a teenager something
than for a teenager to sell another teenager something.
I will threat the customers in a good manner.
I work at a college where I teach children behavioral problems.
I pick been a fast food cook because I wanted to serve the people food
like cakes, meat, bears, soda, fruits...
[security guard] I'm big and mean. I'm not talking large and pissed
off, I'm talking tremendous and terrible. The main reason for this
is that I don't like people very much and wnat them dead whenever
possible. In most fields this would be a turn off but in this field
I hope it isn't. [A man after my own heart!]
Im very good in math and I already know how to use a cashier.
I have studied up on the nuances of strange and rare animals, such as the
outer Mongolian puffwart and the rare and beautiful pygmy wart hog.
My education label is high and I have too much experience in cooker.
I beleive to unit all of requered for you job.
...and I am a stunedt in all my classes.
I know this job is very hard for non-experimented people.
...I have a lot of experience using a cashier faster and correctly with
no mistakes at all.
My father was a zoologist and my mother was an ignoramus.
I learned many skills like computer bricklayer.
My reason for being unemployed was due to my migration to a new home.
I feel that I have had great experiments with animals.
I performed karate on the intruders.
I worked as an ass. to a vet.
I myself have read books.
I read over0 books in my past life that number will increase once I
start finishing other of my books.
[security guard] I'm a Black Belt in Karate. I have a Masters degree and
a PhD in Philosophy, to outsmart the bad guy and make them understand
My innocence makes me likeable while my charisma keeps me strong.
I like the way organization works.
I have no criminal record at this time.
I liked to feed my animal and be lovely with them.
My personal quality is grammer.
...and if you don't give me this job I will hunt you down and I will bug
you and be a pest until you give me a job.
I have a PhD in fast food cooking. I am a highschool graduate and a
former employee at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.
Guys at school wil beat me up if I don't get the money in a month.
Please, I need the job so badly.
I've had certain experiences with my aunt's lingerie shop and my uncle's
statue shop. [This is my favorite. The mind boggles...]
I would also like to meet nica and Pretty women, but do assure you that
they will not enterfere with my work.
[If I get this job] I will make it wroth your wall.
I got a B+ in math! It would have been an A if I turned in my agendas.
I myself was once a child.
I now how to spell.
I have work in this occupation before and have mostly good experiences.
Except the time I sat on a rat. Se I am truthful.
I am a direct descendant of Elliot Ness.
I am frequently punctual.
I have only one arm so people will feel sorry for me and buy anything I
ask them to.
There I took vegetarian classes.
You can get alone with me easy.
I was raised by wolves in the San Joaquin Valley.
I also think my past personalities would work at this job.
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