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The Make-Up Test

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Every so often, someone shares something with me that really causes me to stop and think. Wanting to share this with you, I received permission to post it.

Remember that every thing we do can bring either light or darkness to our world. So choose wisely!!

Chad and his three friends were college seniors doing well in their classes. Even though the final physics exam was scheduled for the following Monday, Chad persuaded his buddies to take a weekend trip several hundred miles away. He told his worried friends they could study in the car and when they got back Sunday night. Instead, the boys partied all weekend and by Sunday night they knew they weren’t ready for the exam.

Chad, an A student, told them to relax. He had a plan. He called the professor at home Monday morning and told him they were on the road and ready to take the final. But they’d had a flat tire, didn’t have a spare, and couldn’t get help. Chad convinced the professor to let them take a make-up exam.

When they showed up to take the exam, the professor placed them in separate rooms and handed each a test booklet. They were relieved that the first problem, worth 5 points, was simple. They were less pleased when they read the second problem, worth 95 points: “Which tire was flat, and what time did the repair truck finally come?”

Chad’s exam had an additional note: “Chad, I just received a reference request from Harvard. How you do on this exam will determine how I fill it out.”

Then he added a P.S.: “You took two exams today. One was on physics, the other was on integrity. It would have been much better if you only flunked physics.”

Kids will be kids, but all choices have consequences. Chad and his buddies took one risk by not studying, but they took a much greater risk when they made up a phony excuse.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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I usually check things out on Snopes to see if they are true. Given that this was posted on a site about character, I naively assumed that it was true story.

Probably more like an embellishment of what once was a true story.

Read here for details.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, 12 February 2008 11:39 am

    i have read this one before but it’s worth the re-read. great post!:-)

  2. Crys permalink
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008 12:17 pm

    We all have our elements of nerdiness and one of mine involves looking up everything I read on the Internet or in an e-mail on I not only like finding out if stories are true or not, but if they are true I love reading about their, origin, their history and how they have evolved over the years. Here’s the link for this story –

  3. Wednesday, 13 February 2008 10:19 am

    Yeah, it didn’t sound too realistic. And if the story was true, they would have gotten an A, which really isn’t fair and doesn’t show how much physics they know.

    Also, of course, what kind of a con artist would you be if you didn’t get your story straight first?

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