National 5 maths exam question about ‘kicking ball off a cliff’ and snowman puzzler leave Scottish students raging at SQA

Schoolkids took to social media to vent their outrage following the nationwide test today

THIS year’s National 5 maths exam has been branded “shambolic” after student struggled with questions about snowmen and kicking a football off a cliff.

Schoolkids took to social media to vent their outrage with the SQA following the nationwide test today.

Many were left fuming that they had to consider snow in May.

One said: “Chances of passing maths melted with that bloody snowman.”

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Another added: “When you work so hard for N5 Maths only to be bested by a snowman.”

A third fumed: “Who all failed nat 5 maths cos I know I did. Who the f*** cares about a snowman, not me.”

Meanwhile, others couldn’t joked their chances of passing had been booted into the sea, just like the ball.

One raging teen wrote: “Revised so much for the maths exam for it to be kicked off a cliff like that ball.

“What even was with that? Who tf wrote that paper?

A second said: “That Nat 5 maths exam was a joke. Since when do people kick balls off a cliff into the sea?”

And another fumed: “Nat 5 maths can jump off the cliff with that ball.”

It comes as many were resitting the exam after being tripped up by tricky umbrellas and attempts to “justify” popcorn in the 2018 exam.

One said: “Thought the nat 5 maths exam was bad last year but well done SQA, you’ve officially topped it.

And another added: “Bet you any money that whoever made up that snowmen in this year’s National 5 maths exam was the same guy with the umbrella last year.”

One clever cookie attempted to clear up the confusion by explaining how the questions should be answered.

She said: “Snowman: You had to use pythagoras to find the radius of the big circle, and then add it to the small circle diameter.

“Hill: you had to sub -17 in, rearrange to get the trinomial, factorise into 2 brackets, solve for 2 values, 1 was positive, 1 was negative.”

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We told yesterday how Higher maths pupils were tested by a “nightmare” novelty chocolate box question.

Meanwhile, students taking a biology exam felt the questions were more suited to mathematics as one raged: “There were no f***ing biology questions”.

A petition was launched to lower the grade bands on the question – which has already been signed by more than 5,200 people.

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