I knew I was in trouble as soon as I learned that I wasn't getting marked by the people who'd actually given the course, though. My philosophy of exams is an arrogant but simple one: I am 32 years old i.e. an adult, and pretty clever. If I've been taught something it's a fair bet I understand it, and if I don't understand it I will ask at the time. So I should be allowed to skip the parrot fashion stuff. An exam is a piece of communication, and in any communication the point is to get through the bits the reader already knows so you can get to the bits they don't. So I missed a lot out because i) they already know it; ii) I also know it; iii) it falls into the semantic category known as "the bleedin obvious". In place of it I included polemic, soundbites and jokes. I also tried to actually answer the questions intelligently and challengingly. In summary: fuck you, rubric monkeys!
My trainer is a bit embarassed by my not passing and they will sweep it under the carpet after a 30-minute "follow-up interview" where I get to formally recant my heresies. My trainer is very nice so I'm embarrassed that she's embarrassed. But she did admit it was a stonking read.
(I will spare you actual excerpts from this document tho my fulminating against "change management" I think is particularly fine.)