The clock ticks. Only two hours left to complete the rest of the test. Your very future rests in your ability to choose the correct letter time and time again. You thought you were prepared, and at first, things were smooth sailing. You’re halfway through, but you’re stuck and running out of steam. What is the question asking? You don’t know. What strategy were you taught? You can’t remember. What answers can you eliminate? Your brain is too jumbled to think about it.
You’re ready to throw in the towel, but failure is not an option. You need to pass to be successful in life. All your dreams rest in those four little letters. A. B. C. D. A. B. C. D. A. B. C. D. Over and over again.
Maybe you can randomly choose and hope for the best. Maybe you can fill in the circles to make a pattern, or maybe a boat. Yes, a boat sounds good. But you know the stakes are too high. There is too much to lose, so you keep chugging along.
You get toward the end. “Fifteen minutes remain,” the proctor announces. Oh no! You’re nowhere near finished! Now what? You’ll have to guess. With only seconds to spare, you manage to fill in the last bubble and raise your hand to have your materials collected. Phew!
You can rest for now, but soon the anxiety of waiting to see whether you will be a success or failure will set in. This is big business. You must pass this test. Afterall, you are 8.
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