You may have seen that one of the English school examination boards has managed to foul up their process. Basically they forgot to include a resource booklet with the first humanities exam paper for 16 year olds (and for my 15 year-old who took the paper a year early and hence my ire). Although the booklet only contained supporting facts, tables and charts it would aid the formulation of comprehensive answers to the exam question. The books had already been issued to students earlier in the year for their course studies, but new copies were to be issued in the exam (just in case students tried to write notes on their personal copies, or in other words, cheat). The problem was not that the questions could not be answered without the source books, but that the students had an expectation that a raft of material did not need to be committed to memory before the exam as it would be available to refer to in the exam.
Perhaps we should live in Scotland, they seem more organised up there!