same or a similar exam is given different periods all day long. It is impossible to count the number of times kids have walked into my classroom and asked me how to do questions that are on the exam they are about to take.
I understand the need for some sort of uniformity in grading and testing but giving the same exam over a 12 period span of time is ludicrous and to insist this exam count more than any other exam is even more ridiculous.
The college solves this problem by giving every teacher a broad outline and sample questions to follow and then allows them to create their own exam, an exam that must be approved by the department. Yes, it involves more work but it is a more valid exam.
Math, as far as I know, is the only department in the school that insists on giving the same exam all day long. The math teachers are bright and competent. Surely they are capable of making up their own exam for their own students.