Ekelund dude im only getting seventies and seventy

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Ekelund: “Dude, I’m only getting seventies and seventy-twos on these practice tests—what’s going to happen here?” It was too close for comfort for me. “Don’t worry about it,” Kris said. “We’re going to be okay. That’s all we need.” ——— When my cab pulled up to One Penn Plaza, I saw the whole analyst class outside the building, milling around nervously. A few kids were sitting on the concrete benches trying to do some last-minute cramming. I went into Starbucks and bought a bottled water—I was too wired to drink coffee. Don’t fail. Don’t blow this Yet it was too late to do any cramming, so I just stood around chatting with people I knew, trying to steady my nerves a bit. I felt a little sick to my stomach. Finally, we began to head, in groups, up to the seventeenth floor. It was 7:45 A.M. Outside the windows of the Prometric Testing Center waiting room, the office towers stretching from Thirty-Fourth Street to Lower Manhattan gleamed in the early light. People at tables were checking IDs. The test givers were very strict about identification; you had to have two forms of it with you—I had my South African passport and my California driver’s license—and had to sign an affidavit swearing that you were who you said you were. Once you’d signed in, they gave you a numbered lock and key. You were then required to empty your pockets and put everything in your assigned locker. You couldn’t wear a watch into the testing room; you weren’t even allowed to take in a pen. None of this calmed my nerves. A testing center escort then took each candidate to a computer in the windowless testing room. The Series 7 was a six-hour, 250-question multiple-choice exam, administered in two three-hour sessions with a short lunch break in between. It was given on a computer instead of in a test booklet—the upside/downside of this being that, at the end of the test, you got your result almost instantaneously. (The computer takes an excruciating five seconds to calculate your score.) We were given earplugs to wear if we wanted (I didn’t), two number-two pencils, and scratch paper for calculations. We were told we were not allowed to speak to anyone; if we had to go to the rest room, we would have to sign out and sign back in when we returned… And then, with a couple clicks of the mouse, the General Securities Representative Qualification Examination (Series 7) began. About an hour later, knee-deep in multiple-choice questions, we heard an announcement come over the exam room’s PA system: it was a man, saying in a calm voice, “Please, everyone, remain where you are. We will not be evacuating the building.” What was this—a fire drill? But there was no further word. Strange , I thought to myself. I went back to the test. Then, ten minutes later, the man came back on the PA system, this time with a slightly more detailed announcement: “Please do not leave the building. We are waiting for word from the Mayor’s Office.” I wondered again whether some sort of drill was in progress, but once again, nothing more was said.
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