Test Time

Avatar Author: nomadic nik Oh silly Ficly with your fickle sign-in ways. I have somehow lost my ability to sign in under my last account. So, here's a repost of my one and only story...accompanied by a promise to start writing more. Read Bio

Semi-silence punctuated by melodic scratches of graphite on crisp white A4, slight sighs, and soft moans of defeat. An occasional hand tentatively reaches upward and a squeaky-voiced question is posed,
“How many examples do we need?”
“How many examples do you think you need to show me your knowledge?” Answering a question with a question; a common teacher’s trick.
“Did we learn about this?” No time for a hand, this voice calls out in almost anger. A head nod is the only response. “No! I don’t remember this!”
“It was on the review paper.” The girl hisses as more of a warning to be quiet than an answer. He slowly brings his shaking head down in disbelief to re-read the question as if it’ll magically open up an answer in his mind.
Creaking chairs lull the room back into a quiet that brings the second hand to life. Looks of anger, frustration, and anxiety flash upwards in accusation; trust me students, this is not my favorite day either. And don’t forget, I have to grade these.

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  1. Avatar JonB

    Nicely detailed and convincingly described. I can almost imagine that you wrote this during an invigilation – as perhaps you did.

  2. Avatar Jae

    My English professor became one of my best friends and she related perspectives like this to me.

  3. Avatar nomadic nik

    Sure did JonB. I should have been grading papers, but I couldn’t resist the urge to describe the invigilation experience (fantastic new word in my repertoire, thanks for that).

  4. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    You captured the stress of a test, both from the student’s POV and the teacher’s, which was a nice twist as I originally read this as if it were a test-taker, not a test administrator telling the story. I felt all the old anxieties, as well as annoyance with the student who didn’t study and spoke out. Nicely done!

  5. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Very aptly told moment. You took me right back to my days in high school!

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