Saturday, 14 November 2015
I finally tasted the pressure of the practical examination. And all of my classmates knew that our examination venues were based on the online ranking, which inadvertently led to me being overestimated. Everyone was typing away as though they were simply copying, while I stare at the question paper, sometimes scrolling up and down to either skip to a new question, or skip back to an old question.
I am simply someone who likes to put in a lot of effort for this kind of things (online programming assignments). And I like to get things done as soon as possible. But I also appreciate the fact that I had time in my hand back then. Not tonight.
I was literally petrified when I traced my program over and over but could not find the bug that led to the public test case failure. I managed to deal with some of them, but two parts (of substantial marks) were left broken. I also skipped almost the whole of the first question, which was about a game, and didn't seem like a game to me.
In the last thirty seconds of the exam, I just let my brain shut down. And I scurried to my calculator to gauge my prospects again. It is because of the cold, hard reality of "I want to ace but I might not" that led me to do this kind of despicable calculations.
I feel cushioned by my continuous assessments (CA), but why, otherwise, is the first semester already so hard like a rock?