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University students take 'impossible' exam






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Students at an English university are angry about their economics exam. The students have signed an online petition saying the exam questions were 'impossible' to answer. Nearly all the 100 students complained and signed the petition. They want the university to help them. The students say the exam had questions on topics that were not in their course. They say there were questions with a lot of difficult maths that they had not been taught. One student said he was told he would only need 'simple' maths. The students are worried that they will get lower test scores and a poorer degree.

The head of the department, professor Andy Dickerson, said the exam was fair. He said the level of maths in the exams was the same as the level taught to the students. Professor Dickerson also said the questions were on topics the students had studied. He said: "All questions were based on topics taught in the course and for which further reading was provided." He said there was one question that used a new term, but this was no problem because the question explained the meaning of the term. The university says it will look carefully at the results.

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