Now, sure, it was only the General Knowledge Exam but let me tell you that with only two days notice that I was going to be taking this four hour exam even general knowledge is enough to strike fear into my heart. At first I was wondering, “What kind of “general knowledge” are they talking about?”
Do I have know all of my state capitals?
Do I need to know every country in Africa? South America?
Do I need to remember the names of every ocean?
What is the largest ocean?
At what wind speed does a Hurricane change categories?
When is Hurricane Season?
What is a genome?
What is my name?
Ahhh! I stressed. I panicked. My anxiety was through the roof and I was flipping out. I found out on Thursday that I needed to take the exam ASAP. The earliest date was today so I registered, paid my fee, and browsed the web for information on the test. All I could find were forums where previous test takers were talking about how they bought the study manual, studied for a month, and still struggled but were able to pass. The study manual is $140. I was not about to pay $140 for a study manual for a general knowledge exam. I was sure I could find some kind of study guide online. The web browsing search was pretty useless except for informing me that the test was in four parts: Essay Writing, Language Skills, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics. I breathed slightly easier knowing that I am awesome at writing, language and reading so I focused on mathematics. I’m good at mathematics and I’ve studied through calculus but it’s been a while so I wanted to re-focus and study before the test. I found two websites that helped study math skills and since the forum’s said that the General Knowledge Test (GKT) only went through pre-algebra I only studied through pre-algebra. Imagine my surprise when I was taking the test today and found geometry (which, when I was in school, came after algebra!) and trigonometry (which, when I was in school, came after geometry!). I panicked again.
Oh crap! Oh crap! Oh crap!!! Angles. Triangles. Pythagorean theorem. How do I find the circumference of a circle if I only know the radius? SOHCAHTOA to find the cosign of a triangle. Ahhhhhh!!!
Calm down, I kept saying to myself. Just calm down. You know this stuff, you can remember, it’s in there somewhere. Breathe. Focus. Breathe. Focus. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Now solve.
When I walked out of the testing room after completely my exam the exam proctor was there to meet me with 4 papers in his hands. They were my test results that printed as I completed each section of the test.
He said to me, “Have you ever heard of sweeping the board?”
I replied, “Yes.” but somehow wasn’t comprehending what he was implying and I could feel the blank expression on my face.
He handed me the papers. I still didn’t understand.
“Look at them” he instructed me. I looked down.
“Pass” the first one said, then the second, then the third, then OMG…I passed!!!!!!!!