12:00 AM, September 05, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 05, 2019


It’s that aftermath of every exam that haunts our dreams. For it is not just the exam that causes us dreads, but what comes after the exam that results in many sleepless nights.

A big part of that phase of procrastination revolves around wondering how our scripts are being evaluated. Because there are a multitude of conspiracy theories on the various ways teachers evaluate scripts. Today, we break down some of the popular ones.

Theory 1: Bad handwriting, worse grades!

It’s universally approved, if the universe solely comprises of parents. If you have bad handwriting, you don’t have to look too far for your relatively bad grades. One quick look at your own script will suffice. And it’s highly likely that you are going to have a hard time reading your own handwriting, so brace yourself. It is sort of canon that bad handwriting can lead to an underwhelming result because the conspiracy theorists believe wholeheartedly that teachers are more likely to evaluate scripts with good handwriting neutrally. However, those with bad handwriting tend to leave a sour taste in the evaluator’s mouth. But the good part is that you can improve on that.

Theory 2: If a bad script precedes yours then it’s BAD NEWS!

The damage is already done if this is the fate that awaits your precious script. Because there is absolutely nothing you can do to avert this particular disaster, other than urging that mate of yours to write a good paper for the sake of both of you, but mostly you. Because no matter how good your answers are, yours will be the scapegoat of the aftermath of that evaluator’s wrath. However, there are extreme measures that could help you out here. Writing a good paper won’t be enough. What you have to do is bring out all the big guns and construct a paper that’s the embodiment of perfection, so much so that it cheers the evaluator up. Your script is the rebound that helps him move on from the horrible prior experience.

Theory 3: More colours, better grades!

Yes, more colours. But not that much to make it seem like you are celebrating the month of June here. Rather it’s the scripts that look more vibrant and not like you literally took a page out of DCEU’s storyboard of a movie. It leaves a good impression, and shows that you put more effort during the exams than you did the night before studying. Nonetheless, it is nearly impossible to stand out from the rest if you don’t go that extra mile to grab the evaluator’s attention.

Theory 4: Size matters!

Not that it matters to all, rather to some. The more it weighs, the higher you rank. The bigger it is, the more it satisfies the evaluator. While there might be a counter argument that the evaluator expects you to dive deeper into your answers, it’s an unhealthy practice to base an opinion about the quality of the script based on the quantity of sheets. It leaves the examinee with the feeling that quality-check is just an intellectual term that has no real life implementation. 


MD. Zamilur Rahman is a self-proclaimed foodie and comic geek. He hates pineapple on pizza and white chocolate. Change his mind at shuvosanctum@gmail.com

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