My 15-year-old daughter is taking a standardized test in English next week and as I think about helping her, I'm reminded of an exam I took not so long ago. It was for Psychopathology, a required class for my graduate program in social work. We were essentially required to memorize the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), read scenarios and apply diagnoses.
On the last day of class, we showed up on Saturday morning for our final. Before our professor passed out the exams she said, "I want you to close your eyes."