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Maryland Student Finds Loophole to Pass Exam

When a Maryland community college student saw on his syllabus that he could bring a “3×5 card” to an exam, he saw a key loophole and took advantage of the opportunity.

Elijah Bowen’s professor at Anne Arundel Community College, Reb Beatty, told students that they could bring a “3×5 card” to aid them during the upcoming exam — but he meant inches.

Bowen noticed that his professor didn’t specify metrics and instead brought in a 3×5-foot card, which helped him successfully pass his first exam of the semester on Tuesday in his Financial Accounting class.

And even though he spotted the loophole, the Friendship, Maryland student was unsure if his poster board would actually be allowed into the exam. Still, the night before the big test, he spent more than an hour creating his “card.”

Professor Beatty told ABC News he walked in 10 minutes before the exam was slated to begin. He figured Bowen’s poster board “was one of his study mechanisms, and he was using it for the last few minutes to cram,” Beatty said.

But when he realized that Bowen intended to use it during the exam, he initially cried foul. Bowen then explained that he never specified “inches” on his syllabus, in class or in the reminder emails.

After Beatty confirmed his student was correct, he allowed him to use the card — but only in the back of the classroom, where other students couldn’t peek over.


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