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Blue books still a test-taking nightmare

UPI News Service, 10/24/2008 

Students and teachers agree that the blue books used for testing purposes at colleges across the United States have an imposing aura.

Julie Anderer, a student at Framingham State College in Massachusetts, said the mere presence of the blue-covered eight-page booklets is enough to drive her crazy during a test, The Boston Globe said Friday.

"I hate them," the junior said of the testing books. "I really do."

Anderer's professor, Audrey Kali, concurs that the traditional university testing booklets do come with an aura that students find intimidating.

"The blue book still has this aura to it," Kali said. "It brings out their nerves. You can tell how much stress they're under by how hard they press down on the pages."

Northeastern University Professor William Fowler also agrees the blue books are a test-taker's worst nightmare.

"You pass out blue books, students pass out from anxiety," he told the Globe. "It is the metaphor for failure and success."

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