This morning I took the last exam I will ever take in my entire life. In order to become certified as an audiologist, I have to get my degree (working on it!), and pass the Praxis exam. I figured since I just finished studying everything for my Comprehensive Exams, I should just go ahead and get it over with. So this morning at 7:30, I reported the Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, and spent two hours answering 120 multiple-choice questions about audiology. Some of them were comically easy, some of them were bizarre, and some were puzzling. There were many questions for which more than one of the answers could have been correct, so I just tried to select the best one. Who knows if I succeeded or not. Lucky for me, I only have to pass the exam, not ace it!
The whole exam experience was very interesting – it’s run by ETS, the same people who bring you the SAT and the GRE and pretty much every other standardized test you can imagine. They were very specific and by the book. We had to wait until we were told to begin, and then we all had to wait until the end of the testing time for our tests to be collected. It has been SOOOO long since I took a test like that on paper – when I took the GREs it was computerized, so you could start when you were ready and when you were finished, you were finished and you could leave. I had some flashbacks to taking the SATs about a billion years ago, with my sharpened number 2 pencils and the exam proctor reading the instructions from a piece of paper.
One big difference – no cell phones allowed in the testing room, and they wouldn’t hold them for you. Luckily, I knew this ahead of time and left mine in the car. Surprisingly, this made me feel a little panicked. What if something happened and I desperately needed to check my email?! What if I had to update my Facebook status very suddenly?! Ridiculous, I know, but my brain was kept just a tiny bit preoccupied by the absence of my phone.
Another hurdle hurdled. Onward and upward!