A NEW book showcases the side-splitting exam mistakes that have ended the hopes and dreams of children.
Full Marks For Trying, Losers highlights rip-roaring errors like misspelling ‘horse’ as ‘whore’ that have condemned youngsters to a lifetime of factory shift work.
Author Roy Hobbs said: “Kids can be so funny, especially when they’re experiencing the intense mental pressure of an examination that could fundamentally affect their future.
“For example one amusingly inept boy called Simon responded to the question ‘What is hard water?’ with the answer ‘Ice’.
“After leaving school he drifted between low-paid casual jobs before turning to petty crime and is now addicted to heroin in Brixton Prison.”
Another example from Hobbs’s book is 11-year-old Suzi who, when asked what the effect of the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act was, simply wrote The slaves were abolitioned.
He said: Suzis inability to grasp basic concepts means she is unable to get a job or form normal relationships. After a lifetime of mockery and not getting the proper help she will die alone in an unmarked grave.
“Still at least she will be remembered in a stocking filler book.”
18-year-old Tom Logan, whose work features in the book, said: One of my exams said How do you identify athletes foot? so I put Its on the end of his leg.
That was just pathetic bravado because I didnt know the answer. But I wish to God Id applied myself at school, because now I might not be Googling ‘how much is my kidney worth?’.