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The Exam

Updated on November 16, 2011
Exam preparation
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Studying, reading, preparing, and understanding.

These are the things we do on an everyday basis

even though we may not know that we are doing these things.

How easy it seems when there is no stress involved.


She has an exam today. She has studied and prepared for a very long time for this.

But is she really ready?

Has she studied and prepared enough to do well?

She is nervous; her hands sweat.

What if she doesn't do well?

What if it's worse and she fails the exam?

What will happen?

What will her family and friends think?

She doesn't want to be known as a failure in life.

She strives to do well in everything she does.

But is it really enough?

Her family says that they have faith in her abilities and wish her well.

But she is still shaking and nervous with

anticipation of the questions that will be on that exam.

The only thing she thinks is that if she doesn't do well she will not be able

to move on to the next exams.

Oh the horror! Such distressing thoughts cannot be a good thing!


Well, it is time for the exam now.

It is time to go into the exam room and take it.

She has butterflies in her stomach, and is sweating profusely now.

Her family wishes her all the best as they wait outside in the waiting room.

She slowly walks in and sits down.


The exam is long and tough.

She has to think about things for a little extra time than she normally would.

She writes the answers in carefully and then rechecks her answers three times.

As the end of the exam draws near, she frantically writes down her last few answers,

gives it a quick check and puts the paper down as the time runs out.

The exam is finally over.

She slowly gets up and walks out of the exam.

A burden seems to have been lifted.


As she goes out into the waiting room, her family comes to greet her.

They ask her how the exam was.

All she can say is,

"It's over. Now I just have to hope and pray that I have passed and done well."

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    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      5 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Thank you so much abbaelijah!

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 

      5 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      This is a wonderful, well written hub !

      To me- it is like a movie

      nice work there !

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Hi anglnwu: Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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      anglnwu 

      6 years ago

      Been there--exam anxiety and the feverish preparation leading up to that. Your desire to do well is evident in this poem. Thanks for sharing.

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Hi Poetvix: Yes, I am so glad that I was able to pass the course. Unfortunately, I did not pass the exam, though. I got a 61% on that exam :(. The passing rate was 50%, so you can only imagine how hard that exam was! This was the crucial course because if I failed this course, I would have to retake the exam in May and also would not be able to graduate until May. I'm just glad that is over with!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      poetvix 

      6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I remember how stressful exams in college were, all the feelings of anxiety you describe so well. As a teacher now, it brings a smile to my face to read your poem and see how much you care about doing well. You will go far! And, I bet you aced that chemistry exam!

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Hi Ian (Alian346): Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my poem :). I am so glad you enjoyed it! That is exactly what I did after my exam! It was too hard (it was a Chemistry exam too!!!). I am looking forward to knowing how well or how poorly I have done on the Chemistry test you have given us :).

      Rani

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      alian346 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Hello, rlaha - I loved your poem - it is like an express train building up to speed!

      I remember my finals about 1000 years ago. We had 8x3 hour exams and were all going to go out to celebrate after the last one but we took one look at each other and all just went home to collapse into bed!

      You'll get your chemistry results in 2 weeks!!

      Ian.

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      LOL thank you! :)

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Rani,

      You have given a vivid description of exams here. It made me go back to my old school days :) I used to have the same anticipation...lol

      voted up as beautiful.

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Thanks so much epigramman!

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      epigramman 

      6 years ago

      ...well you have certainly passed the exam here - because it's written from your dear heart and that's a beautiful thing ..... lake erie time ontario canada 2:20pm

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Yes exams can be easy but most of the ones I have taken are tricky ones. Thanks @raciniwa!

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      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes, exams are nerve wracking...it's great that her family is with her...you've woven a wonderful story here...

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Thank you so much dinkan53! May God bless you in every way as well!

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      dinkan53 

      6 years ago from India

      enjoyed the writings. Rain of summer, snow of winter, grace of autumn, glory of spring, May beauty of every season give ur heart a beautiful reason 2 smile.May God suceed u in every exams of ur life. Good luck

    • rlaha profile imageAUTHOR

      rlaha 

      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Thank you! I always like to use pictures because they help me to portray the feelings more.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      a very good Hub I like the way you use the cartoons to help your story along up and awesome

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