Oh ... Really?


Finals have started, and I tripped just getting out of the starting gate. To say I am highly ticked off is the understatement of the year. It will take a minor miracle to recover from this ...

So, my first final, in Programming, was supposed to be this morning. It was the one I dreaded the most and wanted to get it out of the way first. I really had a hard time with this class, it is a damn good thing I do not wish to be a software programmer, I would fail at it in a most spectacular way. Anyway, I had to arrange for a proctored exam at a testing center, which I did. The instructions I got said that a password to the exam would be sent to the proctor so I could take it online.

So, I arrive at the testing center, and no password. They have the same instructions, that it was to be an online exam. There is a hard copy of the test, so it could be taken on paper if the computers were down or something. But the proctor said she had to follow the instructions as written: the test was to be taken online.

I went home and emailed the instructor. After about half an hour, she wrote back and said "So sorry for the inconvenience, I decided that off-campus testing would be on paper. Just use the hard copy sent to the testing center."

How friggin lovely.

By this time, it's too late to go back and take this two-hour exam. Ever tried writing computer code with pencil and paper? Lemme tell you ... copy/paste just does not happen with a pencil. We tried that for the midterm. We all sucked at it so bad they had to curve the grades so at least some of us would pass.

So, now I have to reschedule. Therein lies the need for a miracle. Let us pray.

Oh, and need I mention that this has me totally freaking out? If I fail this class, it will delay my progress towards my degree by at least a year, since it is a prerequisite for all the rest of the classes I need for my major. Frea-king OUT, people!

It's awful hard to concentrate and study and write world lit essays when you are freaking out.

Posted by LissaKay on 04/29/07 at 03:28 AM in Midlife College Adventures
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aaarrgh! A programming exam on paper is just WRONG, and creates a decided bias against all of those who must take the exam off-site.

I'll second the rejoicing about punch cards though; I must have been in the same Fortran IV class. Presidential Court was littered with punch cards hurled from the upper floors of the dorms on the day after finals.

Posted by Netmom on 05/02 at 06:52 AM
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