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QW 010712 “Comps Jan. 2012”

Comps is an abbreviation for the Comprehensive Test. Those who’re seeking master’s degree at the school I’m studying need to take the test after having earned more than 24 credits (8 weekly courses). You’ll obtain the degree after you successfully pass the test and earn 30 credits (10 weekly courses). The school doesn’t assign us to write a formal thesis or research paper. That means we need to seek opportunities for publication, formal or informal, while taking courses. The Comps is a five-hour essay test on which test-takers define 15 terminologies out of 40 choices, and answer 8 discussion questions our of 46 choices. The test may seem easy that you can pick and choose questions out of so many choices. In fact it is so to some extent. The difficult part is to keep writing your answer for “five” hours nonstop, literally. I opted to use a ballpoint pen to write more smoothly than with a pencil, yet my right wrist ceased to work properly and the back of my right hand started to ache after 3 hours of handwriting.

Most of the questions on today’s test overlap the ones we were provided as a sample test, so it was a “fair” test, so to speak. I stayed at a nearby hotel to do the last-minute cramming and go to campus on time. I was up until 3:30 a.m. studying and woke up at 7:00 a.m. Funny, I wasn’t very sleepy before, during, and after the test. I rather enjoyed the whole day test as a reunion gathering with my former classmates. Familiar faces comforted me while taking a long hour test. So did I to them, I hope. We dropped for a drink at a bar after the test. We talked about how we whipped off answers to unexpected questions on the test, laughed at how annoying a particular professor was in class over glasses of beer. The most laughable moment for me was when Nicolas said “It’s genocide, man!” to see German sausages neatly chopped into pieces by Roger. I didn’t know Roger is such a methodical guy! Anyway the test is over. The result will be notified to us by January 23rd. I’ll never miss the Comps, but I’ll definitely miss the moments with those nice and funny guys.

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