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If it Could Go Wrong, It Went Wrong
If anything could go wrong, it went wrong
I had an exam on Friday (9/26/14). It was a major comprehensive exam that will decide whether or not I can pass the graduate program I am currently in. It covered the topics covered in my Masters of Education with Nutrition sub-concentration program. Let me tell you the story of what happened.
The exam started at 10AM. I was given three hours within which I was supposed to complete the exam. I had three committee members who each prepared their questions for me. As my exam was all online, I was given the option to download the questions, type them up and send them back as an assignment. I thought I was prepared. I had studied as hard as I could for the last month. I had hoped that the questions would be a generalized view of the courses I took.
Assuming this, I opened up the documents and a part of me died inside. Everything was very specific. I had to know details of everything we had covered. Instead of a total of six questions which were mandatory to answer, I was now asked to answer nine questions. In that short amount of time and the length of the answers required, I knew that I would not be able to finish on time, no matter how fast I wrote my answers.
In addition to the time issue, one of my professors had not uploaded her questions so I had to email her to ask her about it. Another professor sent me the wrong link, and I had to email her about that too. So I ended up losing about 15-20 minutes of time emailing them and waiting for their responses.
During the exam I realized that I would not have time to answer one mandatory question, an outline of a project. It was not possible to organize the thoughts down properly within that time frame. That professor had given 4 questions, 3 which were mandatory and one which was optional. I ended up having time to do the optional questions and leaving out the mandatory one. This omission will make me lose points, but I hope that she understands that I did not want to lose too many points. I hope she understand that the time I had in the end was just not enough.
My third committee member had only two questions for me to answer. In spite of everything, I know I messed up one question because I didn't realize the author's name on the blog was different than on the webpage. I was able to email her before the time ran out to let her know that. She emailed me back saying that because I caught that mistake, she would not take off too many points for it. However, the rest of the question is messed up because of the author name mix up.
After the exam I was so distraught I cried for three hours. I was kicking myself that I should have been more prepared and that the writing expectations should have been less on the exam due to the time issues I was facing. I did not want to cause a scene so I left it as it was. I do not think I will pass the exam this time around. I will not get my results for at least 2 weeks and will be really nervous until I hear the results.
If anyone would like to leave a comment or feedback, it would be welcomed and greatly appreciated. Thanks!