How did I overcome Exam failure?
Failures are essential part and source of learning in our life and overcoming failures is a very important skill set. Failures are unavoidable but how someone responds to those moments separate winners from losers.
Sharing true story of my personal life on How did I overcome exam failure.
I was appearing for prestigious competitive MBA examinations.
Reached Examination on time.
I was sitting in 3rd row from front. Invigilator started to distribute the answer sheets.
Received the answer sheet and mentioned my Roll No. and Name on it.
At exact 9 AM, I received the Question paper
Started marking answers on answer sheet which was darkening the correct circle among the options
It was to be done with HB Lead pencil on a computerised scan OMR Sheet.
After 15 minutes, Invigilator realized the big mistake he had done.
Instead of distributing answer sheets from front to back, he has distributed from left to right.
He asked to erase the Roll no and Name from answer sheets and give him back.
Front studently including me did the same.
Then he collected back all the answer sheets and redistributed.
I did the examination well and was hoping for good results
Results came after few months.
It was not good. Actually it was a shocker !
I had got a zero in examination for the first time in life.
My answer sheet was cancelled and I was given a zero.
Reason being cutting and smudging on the sheet due to change in role number when answer sheets were taken back. My entire paper was cancelled.
Damage was done without any fault of mine.
Entire 1 year of hard work and preparation had gone in vain without any fault of mine.
I was down. Actually shattered because my dream was broken and now I realized what it means.
I realized that had to work hard again for full year if I want to pursue
And this hard work was too much for me now as I was also doing a full time job alongwith exam preparation. It gave a shiver down my spine.
I shared the incident with some of my friends .
Most of them said it is unfortunate and they were not in position to share much.
But one friend said that you are capable and try again next time you will be through.
It gave me some hope.
Then I reflected what has to be done
Since, I cannot go back and change my past on what happened that day.
First let me accept the situation what it is.
I accepted the situation on what had happened.
I stopped worrying about what had happened and tried to figure out what can be done from here.
So, only option for me was to try again for full one year and it was not easy.
Let me not think about full year and better to take one day at a time.
Immediately I started preparing again without thinking any further.
It turned out to me much easier this time as most of things were already well prepared and focus was more on revision and practice tests.
After one year, I again appeared for tests and cleared in flying colours
Finally , was selected among Top 10 MBA schools in the country.
Dream had come true indeed after one year.
Now, when I reflect back on that worst situation and think of what made the difference on how did I overcome exam failure.
it was primarily accepting the fact what had happened, staying positive, immediately getting into the action and keeping consistent focus throughout the year.
Life often gives such situations and failures to us and overcoming failures in life is very important skill.
Let us be positive and try again to achieve our goals.
You may be only one more chance away from success.
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How did I overcome Exam failure?