Funny thing is, during high school and college, I did pretty well on the class exams, as I knew the material and the questions were pretty straight forward.
Now, I'm studying to take the GMAT (business school admittance exam) for the 2nd time, and I'm nervous. The questions are written to match someone's ability by asking gradually tougher or easier questions as you make your way through the test. In other words, the first question is of average difficulty, and if you get that right, you get a slightly harder question, worth more points. Or, if you get it wrong, you get an easier question worth less points. More than anything, that test and ones like it are more a test of your stamina and ability to stay focused on a variety of subjects for several hours at a time. For me, I took a prep. class last year and studied and did everything I was told to. But, for whatever reason, I panicked and melted, and only got a 370, which is REALLY a BAD score on that test. For eight months after, I didn't know what to do...reevaluated everything really. But, in the end, I decided on my own that I owed it to myself to at least try again. So, I'm retaking it on 1/15, and maybe a 3rd time, depending on how I do.
Standardized tests are the worst...I don't care which one it is!
And the winner for best actress is....REESE WITHERSPOON for 'Walk the Line'!!!!!!!!