This sounds odd, I made a point to show my field guide and ask if it was okay directly before the test started. I asked, showed him my book which was FULL of printed notes which I clearly displayed, and they said it was fine. I am dismayed to hear that. Was this the division C test?
Overall I would say the test was not exceptionally well made. While for difficult than last year on the whole, the majority of it was still very easy, and the hard questions were a bit random. Then there is the fact that stations were untimed, you could go to any station for just about as long as you wanted, in any order you wanted, and return to a station as many times as you liked. Having to manage stations of different difficulties and lengths are a large portion of making a good and challenging test.
Events: Herpetology, Fossils, Entomology, Rocks & Minerals, Ornithology, Ecology
Nationals 2008: 1st in Herpetology
Nationals 2009: 1st in Herpetology, 2nd in Fossils
Harriton Class of 2010