Written on July 18, 2009 by CincauHangus
So there I was sitting the the exam room. In front of me was a LCD screen waiting for my login credentials. I was handed a paper while my login ID and password for the exam.
Was quite nervous to begin with. Not because I was just sitting for an exam, but because of the cost of the exam.
So there I was, telling myself how many questions I need to get right, a nonsensical thought but it’s because of all the years, bowling competitively, telling myself to achieve a target I set.
10% successful so far.
Based on the sample exam engine that I’ve been practicing at home, I needed 70% to pass an 80 questions MCQ paper, that would mean I’ll need at least 56 questions correct to pass. There’s two types of MCQ questions, a single answer question or multiple answers question (meaning more than 1 correct answers). A question may have more than 4 choices, some even 8 choices, and it doesn’t specify how many answers are correct. A full point for getting all right, and half for incomplete answers.
So again, I entered my credentials and begin the exam ‘tutorial’ – how to use the exam program, etc. Then I saw something rather odd.
“To pass this examination requires at least 55%”
Okay, I was delighted, even more when it mentioned that it will specify how many answers are correct for the multiple answers questions. There was a downside though – there wasn’t any partial marks for incomplete answers.
55%, that’s 44 questions I need to score.
Timer started counting down when I press ‘Begin exam’. 3 hours and counting.
By the time I finish answering the questions, I did a rough estimation of the possible score I’ll get.
A breakdown of confident/50-50/not-sure answers.
25% – 100% absolutely correct.
25% – 50-50
50% – lets hope for the best shall we?
I even included error co-efficiency for total breakdown of the correct answers into the calculation.
100% for confident answers.
80% for 50-50.
And the remaining, 5-10% should be correct.
So that in the end would get me at around 50% for the total score. 5% short. I guess that extra 5% would have to be put under the ‘lucky answers’ category, if there were one.
Ran through my answers a few times and with 15 minutes remaining, I couldn’t wait anymore. It was killing me that the ‘End Exam’ button was just there, waiting to be pressed.