English – 91
Physics – 7 :(
Though that 7 is actually a lot, because the exam was pretty difficult and the results from that area were small in general. Quite talented kids got… Like… 10-14. There was also one guy that was in the National Physics Olympiad. He got 68, I think. And I flew through the whole course in 4 months, when those people studied for 2 years XD so yeah. Happy.
Yesterday I took the Physics exam [which was, omg, my last exam]. I was especially nervous about this one, but the only thing that I should be nervous about is the fact that my answer sheet looks like a real mess. Really, it’s so messy… We didn’t have much space, and several times I would write an answer in the wrong place, so I’d have to strike it all out.
Overall, it wasn’t very difficult, nor very easy. I knew a lot of answers to the test [only guessed about 5 out of 30], and solved a lot of the problems rather fast. The only task that I totally didn’t get was the one with the cat and the jug… We had to calculate the time that it will take for the whole system [cat + tablecloth + jug] to reach the end of the table… I spent a whole bunch of TIME on this, but just couldn’t find the appropriate formula with the info that we had.
In the end, I think I should get a pretty good score. When I’ll meet my teacher, I’ll discuss the exam with her, and we’ll see the approximate score [because we actually got to keep the exam tasks… we only left the answers]. So yeah… EXAMS ARE OFFICIALLY OVER! I just don’t know when I’ll have the results.
So, I’m just back from my English exam… It was a piece of cake. Listening, reading and grammar were pretty typical. The writing part was a little more unusual, maybe – we had to write 1 informal letter, and 1 article, so that’s 2 tasks. Usually you get one longer task, but I guess that was to be expected, because there is no “A level” and “B level” exam this year, and if you take the ‘more challenging one’, you get a formal letter. This time it was an ‘article’... Or I didn’t get something. So yeah… Variety. :D
Overall, I never had any problems with English, so I left after about half of the time had passed :D the supervisors were like “do you want to go somewhere?” I was like “noooo I’m done…” xDDD and they were like whaaat? I probably won’t get the total 100 points, but maybe I’ll get 90. What I really loved about this exam was that we sat in classrooms instead of huge halls, unlike in Math or Lithuanian [because of the listening part].
Well… Only one more left.
Yeah, so… I had mathematics yesterday. It was awkward – definitely not what I prepared for. Nothing too hard, though. No no logarithms, barely any trigonometry, barely any equations… there was quite a lot of calculus, though, also some arithmetic and geometric progressions [I can never memorize the formulas]. Oh, and probabilities. That’s another thing I never mastered.
I talked with one teacher today… She said that pretty much nobody finished the last exercise [so it wasn’t just me that got ‘500 = 0’ in the end and decided to just stop trying]. I really don’t understand the purpose of these super nasty and complicated exams. Are you interested in teaching or flunking the students?
Looking forward to English!
Physics… Not so much :D
So last monday I had the first serious exam – it was the Lithuanian exam. We have to write a very peculiar type of essay or a text interpretation, and then in the second part of the exam we do this really dumb task called a text perception task. So my essay topic had something to do with the right to choose and responsibility… I really think I might have went off-topic, and my essay was political like heck. However, I at least tried to stay on my own understanding of the topic…
Well, I’ll definitely pass the exam, that’s for sure, because I had ‘arguments’ [at least they think that comparing your opinion to a random movie is a good argument], and my grammar is more or less flawless. I might get a few points off for structure or style. However, if the person rating my essay will be a totall arse [and I’ve heard stories], I might get a 0 for being off-topic. However, I can get 80-90 if the person rating my essay will ‘get it’.
Or I might get a 0 because my opinion just… Isn’t the same as the juror’s. I mean… How serious can this exam get? Works of fiction are better arguments than research results? Overall, sometimes I just think that they want you to write their opinion about some dumb topic, and the less accurate you are, the lower your grade is. Creepy.
Also, some random details:
1. The second essay topic was also one Korean guy’s master’s degree topic. Only he had 3 months [?] to write it. We had 3 hours.
2. Not once have I used a book from my school literature course as an argument while writing this type of essay.
Now I just have Math, Physics and English. Thank God. In these exams, there’s pretty much either a GOOD ANSWER, or a BAD ONE.
English verbal exam done, too! Of course, I passed… Now all we have left is the main part…
Today we had to pass a verbal exam. Only the students that pass this can take the main exam. You prepare a 5-7 minute speech on a certain topic, and, well… You talk about it.
SPOILER: I passed.
My topic [approximate translation :( ]:
An american essayist Oliver Hess says, that “Every language is a sanctuary, in which the hearts of the people who talk it are kept”. Explain, how you understand this thought and give arguments.
Okay, so I have to choose my list of finalists next week… here we go – the final four:
* Lithuanian [Two parts – text perception (stupidest task on earth (and an essay on some absurd topic (revised by the biggest bitches on earth). Stupidest exam in human history. Who the fuck thought of it? Seriously. (insert rage)]
The last year’s exams are already on the net… The Chemistry exam is, as always, ridiculously difficult [mom couldn’t figure out some of that stuff…], but I still want to take it. My new Math teacher really brought back all my self-confidence. I’m literally flying through the course, same with Chemistry. Everything is excellent with English, we haven’t finished JLPT yet, and I’ll only be seeing my Physics and Lithuanian teachers next week. Anyways, everything’s great. The best thing is that I have time. Not plenty of time, but enough time. Just enough.
So, now, for certain reasons, I’ll have all the time in the world to prepare for the exams. What is more, instead of the 3 exams I was planning to take, I am now planning to take 5, 2 of which are exams of subjects I haven’t studied in a few years. So, basically, I’m taking:
- Native language exam
- English exam [but I don’t need it, apparently…]
- Maths [the most important one]
My mom doesn’t want me to do anything that has anything to do with Physics, since she totally HATES Physics… but I LOVE Physics – and she wants me to study Chemistry. Well, I actually love both of those sciences, but… I really love Physics…
Well, don’t worry about me. I’ve done worse things. If I’ll need to, I’ll take the exam without telling her anything.
Also, there’s a 6th conditional, but I’m not sure if I’ll need it – a certain ‘music’ test or something… but I won’t really need it, since I’m not going to get into the audiovisual arts study program [it will only be #3 on my list, and I’ll get into #1, obviously…]