has luck been a factor in your exam? How does it compare in pure math exams to applied math exams? I personally feel that in applied math i'm able to do w/e i have practiced, luck isn't that important. But in pure math i need a luck factor as well, along with a good practice. I feel like have to be lucky enough to comprehend the questions in a certain way that it yields a fruitful answer. Maybe i'm putting this on luck b/c i don't feel secure with pure math exams. is that just me or happens to others as well? edit: i suppose in a applied course (say ODE), there are only certain types of question that would be asked in exam/test. One is able to practice them all...and if s/he does luck isn't that important. But in pure math, there are uncountable ways of asking a question and i guess luck is important?