Thursday, 17 December 2009

Day 5 - Gammon Day

I had a sniff and a seemed ok, so I went for it!

Bloody nice it was too. Gammon, dauphinoise (sure I'm not spelling that right) potatoes, courgettes and mixed veg. Ice cream and fruit salad for afters.

So, today was all about preparing for the Practitioners exam that we're sitting tomorrow morning at 9am.

2.5 hours

9 Questions

12 marks per question

55% to pass.

It doesn't sound like much, but believe me....iz scary

We went through a mock. The first two questions were the homework that I did this morning, I got a massive 14/24 for that....but it's a pass.

Overall I got 79/108 which isn't to be sniffed at, it's way past a pass. recreate it tomorrow is the only feat left. There are a couple of subject areas that I'll have a read through tonight, but apart from that I think I'm just going to chill out.

Did I mention this is an open-book exam?

It's all well and good, but it's finding what you need in the book, you should see the textbooks tabbed to the hilt! I stole tabs off of Julian and now I know exactly where all my processes, themes and appendices are. Ironic seeing as I couldn't point out my own appendix if my life depended on it.

Ooooh saaaaa

On the subject of the weather....I'm really starting to get paranoid that we'll be snowed in tomorrow. Not the exam, I'm not worried about's getting my arse home!

It's been trying to snow all day, and at about 6pm it hit properly and started to settle. My journey to the accomodation isn't far, but I was in physical pain from the cold and wind when I arrived. At about 7:30 when I wandered back over for dinner the snow had stopped pretty much, but on emerging again an hour later, it was in full swing. I have a feeling it'll be working overtime tonight, ready for the morning and my long, cold, wet trudge over to be 'examined'.

I was very kindly given a lift back to my accomodation by someone I'm ashamed to say I still don't know the name of. Absolutely lovely guy though!! I'm so ashamed. This is because I sit at the back of the class you see, so everyones name places face away from me.

So ladies and gents, please keep your fingers crossed and wish Julian, Chris, Mark, Brian, Brian, Andrew, Hiten, Jaz, Alex, Ed, myself......and especially those whose names I've forgotten....luck for tomorrow morning.

And a round of applause to Mark Percy for putting up with us for 5 days!!

I bid you adieu xx


  1. The logic of the exam makes no sense. Surely the only acceptable mark is 100%. You either understand and can properly use the system or you cannot. Kind of like a failsafe system in a nuclear power station. 98% is not a passing grade. Anything less than 100% results in a nuclear meltdown. Sounds like one of those new skool examz where everyone passes no matter what mark they get.

  2. Who stole Norm and replaced him with Dr Terror, just wish her luck you big prawn.

    Best of Luck my lush little Sproglet. You'll be fine as a pine :)

  3. Norm my dear, I suspect that statement could apply to about 98% of I shan't take it personally! I don't think I've ever had to sit an exam where the pass mark was 100% nor would I want to!

    Thank you Jojo :), I have to wait until after christmas for the results of this one, but anything is better than those horrible 25 minutes spent milling about knowing I'd get my results when I walked back in the room. Argh!!

  4. Gosh, Jo - you are a wag. Have you considered a career in comedy : )