Last week I took the last test of my bachelor’s in nursing degree, a test over subject matter I find especially interesting, nursing management. I studied a total of about 20 minutes before the test, which means I can’t complain about the “minus” attached to the “A” I received.
In nursing school, at least where I’ve been, almost all of our tests are computerized. The idea, we’ve been told, is to prepare us to take grandmammy of all nursing tests, the NCLEX, or the licensing test for registered nurses. I’ll be stressing over the NCLEX sometime soon. I’m sure I’ll write about it.
For now, I’m trying to block out thoughts of that NCLEX.
So, anyway, back to nursing school, where we take computerized tests similar in style, syntax and delivery to the NCLEX. It’s a good strategy for success, I’m guessing, though a lot of us who relied on our writing prowess on essay tests with subjective answers for previous degrees, these right-or-wrong, computerized tests were a steep learning curve.
I’ve grown to like these tests though, appreciative of their tidiness.
This is how they work: A few days before a test, we are given a password to download the test. We download it, and it sort-of sits in an Internet-cloud queue somewhere in space. While it sits there, even we most-honest students think, “Ooh, I’ll take a peek at the test, then, make sure I’m studying the right things.”
But we won’t peek — at least not with impunity — as it is not until test day, sitting in our proctored classroom ready to take the test, that we are then given a password to actually open and begin the test.
Once we’re all seated for the test — usually a chair apart — and have finished our deep breathing or whatever, our instructor writes the password on the board. A hush falls over the room and we get rolling.