Remember those math and chemistry placement exams I told you about yesterday? The ones I was supposed to have known about months ago that my lovely advisor enlightened me about the day before they were due? Well, yesterday they about killed me.
I woke up early to register (got all my classes, wee!) but in order to stay in those classes I had to get an 80% on the math test and an 85% on the chem test. Little ol’ me started early thinking I’d knock them out before noon and get on with my life, but I was so wrong. So very wrong in every way possible. First of all, these tests were freaking hard. Like very specific questions about everything I ever learned in calc last year.
Having had no time to prepare, the test took me two hours to struggle through to get a measly 70%. So then you have to do these learning modules and go back in and re answer the questions in order to slowly crawl your way up to an 80%.
These learning modules are the worst thing in the world. They are so picky about the answer you type in, if you forget the decimal point at the end, wrong. If you don’t have the right number of decimal points, wrong. And you can’t just go back and fix it. You could have gotten the whole problem right and just forgotten the 18th decimal place and they just mark it wrong and make you move on to a brand new problem.
It’s pretty much the most frustrating thing IN THE WORLD. Tears were shed, but I didn’t have time to stop so I just kept drilling calc into my brain.
After five hours of torture, when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, came the chem exam. I didn’t focus heavily on chemistry in high school so all I have under my belt is a general chem course from almost two years ago. I essentially had to relearn that entire year over a period of 7 straight hours. More tears were shed in frustration and they fell onto my keyboard as I typed away.
Amen to that. All in all it was a 12 solid hours of math and chemistry yesterday and I finished 20 minutes before the deadline. I am not exaggerating. There was no face booking, twittering, or even food breaks. I just sat there and had two years worth of very difficult courses shoved into my brain in an extremely painstaking and frustrating process. I barely survived.
So if you’re heading out to college, I would suggest calling someone and finding out if these exams are something that you’ll have to tackle and get started early. I didn’t even know to ask, so thanks advisor. You’re a real pal.
Today I am going to do anything and everything I can think of that are as non-related to math and chemistry as they come. Like maybe just lay in bed.