I am the type of person who loves exams. I don’t know, but there’s something about exams that make my heart flutter in excitement. Maybe it’s because I like a good challenge.
My sister Ched has just discovered the life of an OR intern nurse last week. After the first training day, she told me in surprise, “Ano ba ang gusto mo sa OR? Ayoko dun, nakakatakot! [What is it that you love about the OR? I don’t like it. It is a scary place.]”
She knew that when I was an intern I loved the OR. It was my most favorite place in the hospital. She told me the pressure was too much there. I told her, are you kidding me? I so love that pressure! Maybe that was why I also became EIC last year of the university paper. I love the smell of pressure – and being able to deliver at the end of the day.
Back to the exams, I prefer identification type ones, than the multiple choice type, or God forbid, enumeration type. I find that multiple choice ones are a little too much complicated for me.
Before meeting me, my students loved multiple choice type exams. It was very easy for them. But now, they end up groaning each time I announced that we are going to have a multiple choice exam – simply because I introduced them to what a real multiple choice exam should be like.
It looks easy at first glance – after all, all you have to do is make a circle on one of the four choices provided. But I think that is the first problem with multiple choice exams. There are so many possible answers that you see, most of the time, all are correct but you must ponder which one is the best – unlike in identification types, there is only one answer, and you know firsthand that it is the right answer. Another things is, the questions are hell tricky. You are just reading the question and you have to analyze already what is being asked, carefully watching out for keywords like except, not, all, true, and incorrect. It’s like finding needles on a carpeted floor. You have to analyze everything, and everything will give you a headache.
But much worse than a multiple choice type of exam is real life, because I just realized that the exams we have here are multiple choice types – the one I dislike. Each time we will face a problem or a decision, always, it is multiple choice. The questions are of the hardest kind, the trickiest of them all, and the choices provided are as confusing as they are the best.
We are always presented with choices to take. We are always facing several doors, and the word two minds is not even a word because it is always ten, or twelve minds. But at the end of the day, with or without knowing any possible consequence, we have to make a choice. One that we have to live with, possibly for a long time.
What I find ironic is that, in this life, when given a choice, sometimes people choose to break our hearts, even when they know how bad it will hurt.