December Exams

George Chang


Is the rather hated December exam necessary? Yes it is.


Because without it, everything, all of our grades, every single thing we’ve learned in the entire grade, it would all be wrapped up in the June exam, and that’s a whole lot of distance to cover without a middle step in December to get warmed up first. Would you rather take five steps up a staircase at a time and be exhausted or two steps up a flight and only have to deal with a minor burn in your muscle?

Plus, this way, if we fumble up one exam (hopefully the December exam), we can at least have another shot at it to bump our marks up a little with the other, it’s a pretty good deal. The precious marks are diced up into more portions this way, so we don’t have to swallow it whole with the year when June comes along, the more evenly consumed, the more healthy it is too, so again, pretty sweet deal.

It’s like the cold bucket of water that always wakes you up from drowsiness in the morning. Think of the first four months of school as the morning, the drowsy period, and the December exam is the bucket of ice cold water to wake you up, get in gear; an early test to test your preparation. I know it sounds terrible, but the education system is shaped this way to make sure we succeed at life at least moderately. In today’s society, this is how it works, apparently.

So convince yourself on these things: the system is helping you to succeed (yes, with exams), it is helping you to learn all the skills you need to succeed (yes, with two exams), it is merciful when you fumble up (yes, the second exam is worth more than the first), and it does give you a second, bigger chance once a grade (meaning the June exam).

Please do note that the above is only relatively true, and this rather inexperienced (but imaginative) author has written it solely on assumptions.

That does not stop you from taking this advice though.