Surprise Exam is a random event that was released in Game Improvements, 17 July 2007. The Mysterious Old Man teleports players into the classroom, which has its own music track, called School's Out. The reason the event is called "Surprise Exam" and the music is called "School's Out" is that the random event was released at the start of the summer holidays (based in England). When it was released, Jagex described the random event with the quote: "Just when you thought school was out...SURPRISE! It's an exam for you!"
The player must answer three questions from Mr. Mordaut, a red dragon who is the "teacher" in the "classroom" of several non-attackable monsters. Each of the questions are randomly from one of two types.
In the first type of question, players are presented with a set of three items, and they must choose a fourth item that fits in with the theme of the other three.
In the second type, fifteen random items and a clue are given to the player, and he or she must choose exactly three items that fit the clue. If players answer questions incorrectly six times, they will be teleported to a different location upon leaving the room.
After answering three questions correctly, Mr. Mordaut will tell the player to leave through one of the four doors throughout the classroom. If the player attempts to exit through a wrong door, he or she will be prompted to "ask for directions". If the player chooses the correct door, they will be teleported to the location they were at prior to receiving the event.
Players are then given a Random event gift as a reward upon returning to their location prior to the event. However, players may only possess one gift at a time; if a player already has a gift in their inventory, 500 coins are given instead.
Music tracks unlocked:
Bee-keeper • Cap'n Arnav's Chest • Certer • Drill Demon • Evil Bob • Evil Twin • Freaky Forester • Kiss the frog • Gravedigger • Lost and Found • Maze • Mime • Pillory • Pinball • Prison Pete • Quiz Master • Sandwich lady • Surprise Exam
Big fish • Candlelight • Dr. Ford • Drunken Dwarf • Ent • Evil Chicken • Exploding rock • Jekyll and Hyde • Lost Pirate • Poison Gas • Rick Turpentine • Rock Golem • Security Guard • Shade • Strange plant • Swarm • Tangle Vine • Tree spirit • Watchman • Whirlpool • Zombie