A few will say that nitpicking is going on, but as Patrick notes,
"...precision is important in mathematics; it should be modeled for students on official assessments. And those writing these important exams should be familiar enough with the content to write precise and accurate questions."also:
...and finally:"Tests should stand as models of mathematical content and practice for students; they should not reinforce bad mathematical habits..."
One wonders if imprecise or ambiguously-worded composition has simply always been a problem in standardized testing, or has it grown worse in recent times (perhaps with the growth/prevalence of less-precise English exposition brought on by the Internet)?"The consistent appearance of erroneous mathematics on these exams calls into question their validity as a measurement of 'student achievement'."