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3 Hours, 2 Percent, 1 Question

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.




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  • Comment by Yatz:

    awwww *hugs*

    July 18, 2009 @ 6:06 am
  • Comment by shengmae:


    July 18, 2009 @ 9:08 am
  • Comment by Jessica:

    Hey Aaron,

    Keep on trying. You are *nearly* there ;=)

    Did they change the exam passing rate? Did you sit for the *C_TAW12_04* or the latest exam?

    July 18, 2009 @ 1:14 pm
  • Comment by C:

    haha i like how u calculated all the percentage up to see what your possible score might be. I kinda do that too during my examinations, just not as detailed as yours is.Lol. sorry about the 53% though. =(

    July 18, 2009 @ 3:58 pm
  • Comment by JunJun-Riko:

    Yer… Yat bok mong u!!! Slap him! Faster!!!

    July 19, 2009 @ 10:38 pm
  • Comment by CincauHangus:

    Yatz: u sure u wana hug me ahh…
    Shengmae: *hugs back* =p
    Jessica: hey.. thanks.. =) I’m not sure but it seems so la.. I sat for the C_TAW12_04 exam..
    C: lol thanks.. just a rough estimate anyway.. didn’t expect it to be.. accurate… -_-
    JunJun-Riko: lol..

    July 19, 2009 @ 10:46 pm
  • Comment by Jeffro:

    Okies I lost you there when the calculation came into place..
    But sorry to hear about the close call there.. *pats back*
    Better luck the next time.. Dun give up ya! :)

    July 19, 2009 @ 11:00 pm
  • Comment by joshuatly:

    This is sad… but dont give up!

    July 20, 2009 @ 1:06 am
  • Comment by Jacquelyn:

    Hmm, a very detailed breakdown.

    You’ll do fine. Have faith in yourself =)

    *hugs hugs*

    July 20, 2009 @ 1:09 am
  • Comment by jy:

    Its not the end of the world.
    But better luck next time….

    July 22, 2009 @ 11:30 am
  • Comment by Frank:

    Keep it up dude.

    May 8, 2013 @ 7:56 pm
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