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

    College.
    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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