My Thoughts: Biology B1a Exam – 28 June 2011
They’re done. The exams, for this season at least, are out-of-the-way. It’s a tremendous feeling, and I can now really enjoy the fast-approaching summer. This weekend, for instance, I’m providing a PA system for a couple of fetes, and then there’s the small matter of packing for the three-week Jamboree trip (now less than a month away). But before all of that, I had my Biology B1a retake this morning.
Once again, I made notes on a Keynote file in the weeks prior to the exam, before sticking them up around my room. Unlike when I’d done my other science exams, earlier this month, there was only one to revise for this time around, so I could focus solely on it.
The revision seemed to pay off and just before leaving for the 9:00am exam at school, Mum and I read through a couple of past papers. I was able to answer all questions quickly and, crucially, correctly, meaning I lined up outside the exam room feeling confident.
Today’s actual paper wasn’t quite so easy; given the nature of multiple-choice questions, I found myself struggling to decide one possible answer over another (having ruled out the two other possibilities). This was especially true on a question which asked for the ethical argument a parent may have with the vaccination against cervical cancer of 14-year-old girls. The two answers I was left to weigh up on this one were: ‘The parents may be worried about the possible side-effects’ and ‘The parents may believe that the jab could lead to underage sex’. I went for the latter, but on reading up about a 14-year-old who died after receiving the jab in 2009, I’m left unsure.
Nevertheless, the exam could have been a lot worse. But enough. Despite having to now worry about big chunks of coursework to be completed in these last weeks of term, the end is now (at last) finally in sight.
Catch up on my thoughts of previous exams this summer by clicking here.