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The W.O.M.B.A.T.* was graded to ensure that everybody passed

There were many variations on this rumour, for instance, you only needed two correct answers for an 'Outstanding', one for 'Exceeds Expectations', and everybody else got an 'Acceptable'. I have also been asked whether grades were assigned at random. All such rumours are false. I wrote the examination, determined the marking scheme (which was quite complicated) and set the Grade levels, so you can take it from me, as the sole examiner, that if you received 'Acceptable' or higher you really earned your grade. Of course, this meant that some people had to fail, but what would be the point of putting you through all that work without giving you honestly earned rewards?

Incidentally, shame on the people who thought the whole thing was a twisted April Fool's joke. For one thing, the exam actually went up on March 31st. For another – when have I ever been that cruel??

*In case you missed it, the W.O.M.B.A.T. test was revealed when the 'Do Not Disturb' door last opened. Another (more advanced) W.O.M.B.A.T. will appear in due course.

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