februaryftw wrote:About the results of the poll, I'm a little surprised at how tough people found the exam, but I think we have enough results to suggest that people found the exam difficult.
The mean, median, and mode for the poll thus far is -12, which would have to be considered a pretty loose or lenient curve (Dec 09 notwithstanding). Maybe it is wishful thinking after a -14 in December, but for December's - 14 exam the general guesses were in the -11 range.
Yeah, this poll along with the other poll would seem to suggest that this exam was at least slightly more difficult than an average administration. The polls asked the question a bit differently, but they yielded the same result. While many people who simply had a bad day are more likely to rate an average test as being more difficult or much more difficult (-13 curve) than average, the same can be said for those who had a good day rating an exam as relatively or very easy (-9 curve). It would seem that TLSers are generally saying that the test was tough, as you mentioned above. As you also mentioned above, people were erring on the conservative side when guessing at the curve of the December exam. I conservatively chose option the -11 above, but I kind of believe that it was a bit harder than that. I think the games were only slightly easier than December while RC was probably slightly more difficult. I, like many other TLSers, am probably very wary of giving myself the benefit of the doubt. I had trouble with the test, but I would attribute that to other factors relating to me and my performance before blaming the difficulty level of the exam first.