Quote from meredithT
I had a test 2 weeks ago and I felt that 3 of the questions were poorly worded and one was actually in conflict with the handout. However, I didn't challenge these with the professor as I had an A and thought it wasn't worth potentially turning them against me. Now I am wondering...what if I need those points later? Have any of you ever challenged test questions, and if you did, how did it turn out? Did it tend to turn the professor against you? Thanks...
You can challenge questions and not offend. Think about how you would want to be approached if you had written or chosen these questions.
I have been in you situation and challenged them. If the instructor worte them (often they do not write the questions themselves) don't say it way "poorly written"
Instead say I was confused by the wording.
Give your reason for answereing as you did.
Look at it as a way to learn and approach it this way. Often I lerned something from these questions this way.
You might have unintentionally read into a question. Maybe something said in lecture was spoken or heard incorrectly. (everyone's tongue slips)
One of two things will happen. You will get the credit or you will come away with a better understanding of the question or reasoning behind the "correct" answer.
You still may not agree or fully understand but you will begin to get a feel for certain types of questions.
The instructor will start to pay attention to questions put on an exam.
If you do not understand the rational behind a correct answer that you got wrong, and if you do not seek it from the instructor, you will remain ignorant. Instructors assume if you do not question them, you undrstand why your answer was wrong and theirs was right. The reason is often more important than the actual answer.