When a student who usually does well on tests bombs a test I often ask myself some questions-Was there another stress in the student’s life? Did the student just not care? Did I teach the lesson in a method that students could understand the content? Based on the answers to these questions I will sometimes allow the student to retake the test using a different format. I do allow students to earn extra credit at times but the extra credit is available to all students if they want to complete the project or task.