In The Exam Hall

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An inside peek into the exam halls

Submitted: September 14, 2012

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I must say, when a person enters an exam hall, the scene they see can be very comical.

One can find a very different kind of species residing in the place.

The whole area gripped with a tension, with a kind of fever that one can experience right before the starting of a war, favorably World War.

Everyone is ready with his or her pens and writing pads, held aloft like sword and shield ready to fight or take flight.

There are even differences in how people behave before the starting of an exam.

In my school, we have fifteen to twenty minutes of prep before exam.

In this time, we can do anything.

I will tell you how the people use this pre-war time.

The first one is the studious persona. They will read as if their lives depend on it. They will recite notes loudly in a flurry and will mix up what they have learnt. They will occasionally glance at the non-studying students and shake their head in irritation. For them, this time meant to revise everything they have learnt. They will cling to their books until the last bell like it is a life jacket and they are just about to be thrown into the water. The books have to be literally snatched from them.

The second is the I-don’t-care person. This person has done the least studying. They have just looked at the textbook once or twice and done. What happens to the marks goes straight to hell. They will not be bothered.

The third is the person who screeches ‘I haven’t done anything!’ even they know the notes from back to front and can recite out the whole textbook. They are the most irritating of the lot. They will pretend as though they know nothing and will say to others ‘You did so much studying?’ Moreover, when the marks come, they will put up an innocent smile and with a smug voice, they will say ‘I got lucky I think’.

The fourth is the exact opposite. They will want to scream to the class how much they have studied. They will drag the meekest student with them and make them revise with them. They will make the poor student ask those questions and answer them with a flourish. Then they will drop the bomb, say ‘Your turn’, and ask such questions that will make the student think that ‘Where the hell are these questions from’.

The fifth and the last, as per me, is the scared kind. They are literally shaking with nervousness. They are so much tensed that it feels like they have taken the responsibility of getting worried on everyone’s part. They will shoot frantic glances at the time and occasionally at their notes. These people make others also a bundle of nerves.

And when the exam starts, it’s like the big bang.

Everybody is silenced and all the big, wide eyes are locked on the question papers which are passed out painfully slowly. The front benchers take their own time, looking at the questions and slowly handing out the rest of the pile while the last benchers nearly pass out with anxiety.

The actual fun begins when the pens are attacked on the paper with as much force as the Spartans had attacked Athens.

You will get different varieties even during the attack paper mission.

The most common are the wall clock lookers. These people are definitely more interested in knowing the time than in their paper. Their hand always shoots up after every five minutes. These people are more reliable to ask time than looking at the wall clock.

The next type is the I-have-a-doubt. They find mistakes in every nook and cranny of the paper. Even a minuscule spelling mistake is not missed by them. They find the whole question paper to be a doubt. I wonder if they can see the whole question paper only as a big question mark.

Another common variety is the frantic writer. They are just in a rush to complete the paper. Their writing speed is so remarkable that I must say that they might give Usain Bolt complex. I wonder how their paper does not catch fire due to the friction. Their writing speed is faster than of the Toronto express. And also when their paper is over they just toss the paper to the supervisor like it is infected.

The exact opposite is the tortoise’s mate. They are completely hunched over their paper and it isn’t a wonder when you can see pen marks all over their faces. To me it seems like they are soaking up the essence of the paper. They have the most clean and beautiful handwriting due to writing immensely slowly and turning and twisting their hand at every l and g and y. They hold on to their paper until the supervisor comes and snatches it out of their hand.

The most common is the cheater. They have not learnt a word. Even if they have, they will still peek into the other’s paper. Front, behind, left, right, no matter what location they will cheat, even if they want to confirm the answer. It seems that they have no brain of their own.

The last and most rare assortment is the frustrated soul. They will bang their benches; scare the heck out of their partners and scratch the paper blue. They can’t just sit still. They will tap their feet; bang their hands, groan, sigh, and grumble. Sometimes they will cry aloud. They are the supervisor’s worst nightmare. One can expect these kinds to throw the paper anytime.

Well in my place, we get different type in the supervisors too.

The first is the sleepyhead: These kind just think exam hall as a place to relax. They doze off within minutes with a paper in hand or nothing.

The second is the vigilant character: Hitler is their role model. They will prowl around the class, breathe down an innocent’s neck, and place their hawk like eyes on everyone.

The third is the not so interested. They are just here for time pass. They will arrange the stock of papers, reshuffle them, steal glances at the time and their phone, peep in a book, chat with the next door teacher and pay no attention whatsoever to the class.

I must say, finding normal supervisor and student is practically impossible. Well in some cases, I fit in that rare category but there have been exceptions at times…

Regardless I find these characters in the exam hall very amusing. 


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