Midterm Crisis: Student Stress Test

Danielle White

If one were to take a stroll through Hanover High School during the week in which midterm exams were taking place, he or she would realize what poor decision-making skills students possess.
Just strolling through a high school is bad enough, but to do so during exam week would be like walking into a morgue for broken spirits and crushed dreams.
Students study vigorously for hours upon hours in order to prepare themselves for any surprises thrown at them on their midterm exams.
Immeasurable effort is put into these exams, both by students and teachers. However, for teachers, more effort is put into establishing fear in the minds of students than into actual test composition and preparation.
Multiple tactics are used before and during testing to ensure the maximum deterioration of student vigor.
Teachers attempt to stress out their victims, or pupils, by reassuring them that a subject that was touched on only momentarily two months ago “may or may not show up on the exam.”
In addition, the constant reminder that this assessment alone is worth one seventh of the students’ final grades is a sure-fire way to make sure that the test-takers don’t get a wink of sleep before judgment day is upon them.
During the test, a scholar is sure to find a multiple-choice question with answer choices including “all of the above,” “Both A and C” and “None of the above.” Then, a series of consecutive multiple choice answers will be B, encouraging the poor soul to change the correct answer to another letter.
But worst of all, once the pupil flips to the final page, he is greeted by a medley of short-answer questions. Specifics that only a trivia-junkie would know are requested from the individual being assessed. Information from different subjects is necessary to answer the problem.
Once the beast has been finished, the student turns in the paper to the instructor. The instructor in return gives the student tissues and a job application to McDonald’s.
As the students leave, the instructor reassures the students that, yes, he or she would indeed like fries with that.

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Author: The Hawk Eye

Hanover High School, Mechanicsville, Virginia The Hawk Eye Student Newspaper thehawkeye@hcps.us

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