Have you ever failed a major exam? Board Exam or certification that was vital?

@laydee (12814)
Philippines
March 3, 2010 6:23am CST
We all have experienced failing at an exam in school or in our jobs. But have you ever failed in the major ones? The ones like Professional Board Exam or Licensure, Driver's License Exam, or a certification that is vital for your promotion? If so, how does it feel and how do you comfort someone who did? I'm pretty sure that failing these exams are life-changing, but how should we comfort these people? or If you were one of them, how do you want to be comforted about it?
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7 responses
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
I failed my CPA board exams the first time I took it. It was really life changing, cause my life was put into a halt, cause I had no idea what to do, whether I should find a job, or take the exam again. I was so devastated that time, that I cried for several days.. Back then, I really didn't want to talk to anybody, and I just wanted to be left alone.. I stayed in my room for 3 days, and just cried.. After that I was okay. I told myself to move on so I got a job, and after a couple of months, I took the exam again and passed.
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
So I think that's the best thing to do then, just let the person be and stop insisting on comforting him/her because she/he just needs time to pick himself/herself up after a devastation. It's good that you came into your senses and took it again. My aunt had too high a pride thus when she failed she never took it again - she was CumLaude in school. I guess the disappointment just made her think it's not worth it.
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• Philippines
4 Mar 10
Yup, failing a board exam is really devastating, specially if there are a lot of people who are expecting you to pass it with flying colors. It is a good thing that I got through it with my faith of course. once you go through it, what you really need is look into yourself, and try to see, why did you fail, maybe you need to learn something, or maybe it's just really not the time for you..
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• Philippines
1 Jun 12
I failed the ECE board exam and it was truly life changing... My life turned it 180 degrees phase shift... One problem is when to start all over again... I felt like evryone is laughing at me... I never went outside our house for three months... But i woke up one day, that the sun is still shining and it's not yet the end of the world.... I took the board again and tasted the sweet taste of success after a months of bitterness....
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@humairaku (2039)
• Indonesia
3 Mar 10
fortunately, I never failed in all my exams. i always got best score instead. LOL. but it's true. I like to study hard when exam would be held cos I's afraid that I wouldn't be able to do the test. that's why I often got best score in every test I joined, not only at elementary but also when I was in a college. thank God. LOL.
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@reploid (1241)
• France
3 Mar 10
Yes, I failed my driving test ;-(. and I'm so sad about it, It was not vital for my promotion but it's just that I hate to get ticketed for driving without a licence..
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Apologies for the late response, but I would like to ask you now, did you take it again? I could remember from your response a friend of mine. She was really angry with herself when she failed the driving exam twice. She swore she'd never figure it out because it just made her panic. Then after the final exam, she passed! Hehehe.. I guess we need to go through some difficulties in life in order to experience and appreciate success. Have a great MyLot experience ahead!
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@reploid (1241)
• France
1 Jun 12
Wow. that's what I call a late response. lol. 3 years has passed since I answered your discussion. :) Welcome back, Yes I got my driving license 2 years ago, also got my own car.
@Porcospino (16567)
• Denmark
6 Mar 10
I failed my science exam when I was in high school. At that time the Danish high school was divided into two lines: A language line and a science line. I had chosen the language line, but we still had a science exam. It was easier than the science exam on the science line, but I found it very hard. Most of the language students hated the science classes, and I was no exception, but it was compulsory, so I didn't have a choice. I tried to study for that exam, I knew that I wasn't going to get a good grade, but I hoped that I would at least pass the exam. At that time you had to get a 6 in order to pass, but I got a 5. I wasn't too upset about it, because I did well in most of the other subject like English, German and French.
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Oh, that's a tough one. How did you manage not to be depressed since you got one failing mark?
• United States
5 Mar 10
Hi, Laydee! I've never failed any sort of exam. However, I go into every one fearing I will fail. I think it would throw me into a deep depression, and I'd feel incredibly stupid for at east a few days...
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
Indeed people would feel that way, I think we all would feel this way when we fail (not only in an exam but when we have problems in life as well). It's just sad that sometimes people around us just don't know how to react or help. But I guess we should always remember that after the rain comes the sun and that bad things don't last and of course, to have Faith in God always. Thanks for the response! Have a great MyLot experience ahead!
@raineyes (561)
• United States
4 Mar 10
I have not, thankfully, and hope I never do. As for consoling someone, I suppose it would depend on how close you are to that person. If you and the other person are close, just listen to them and talk to them, tell them things will be okay, and if it is possible to retake said exam or certification or test or whatever, help them prepare better for the next go around. Do something nice for them, but don't be ignorant about it.
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
I think there are people who don't really need to be consoled. Perhaps they just want to be a lone awhile and not to be asked or pitied by the other people. I did that to my friend and he was thankful that I never mentioned it, else it would only throw him to depression he says. I am just hoping that he has recovered and that he knows that I don't see anything wrong with him failing. Have a great MyLot experience ahead!
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
6 Mar 10
Hi, laydee. I failed two road test examinations. One was in November 2006. And the other one was in March of 2009. I was very upset when I failed it. I felt that I knew how to drive. But, the examiner's were looking for certain things that they wanted to see me perform. I was shattered. I was disappointed. But, I kind of knew that I was going to fail because, I was making mistakes as I was completing my road test. I just wished that they could leave out the parallel parking and backing up straight.I plan to go back for it again in a couple of months. I hope that I can pass it because, I am getting so tired of going back and forth up there, only to have them fail me..
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
So, it has been a couple of years now, did you finally pass the exam? Those darn things are really tough, right? The parking and the backing up is really something that most don't perfect the first few times. I too only manage it after a while. Have a great MyLot experience ahead!