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Pre-meds, have you ever failed a test in college?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Chris127, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. Chris127

    Chris127 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Just got my not so hot chem test back, not really thrilled about it. Its a bit discouraging when you show up at college and your first exam isnt really what you had hoped it would be. Oh well. :( Anyone else ever fail an exam in college?
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  3. RayhanS1282

    RayhanS1282 perpetually percolated 10+ Year Member

    I failed my 2nd Orgo I exam (even after the damn thing was curved) was all downhill from there for that class.
  4. IgweEmeka

    IgweEmeka Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    May 2, 2005
    dude.....i've failed many exams. But I still have above a 3.7 gpa. its all about bouncing back and doing better. How good are u under pressure? If you are good, then you will fair well otherwise, goodluck.
  5. doctorFred

    doctorFred intensive carer Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    May 5, 2005
    , location, location!
    failed a test? ahahah.
    relax man.
  6. Indryd

    Indryd 7+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    I topped the curve with a 43/100 once.
  7. bwells46

    bwells46 MD, MPH, MSM 10+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    Stony Brook, NY
    I would always fail an exam in a class that offered a drop grade. I would try to do well on the first tests so I didn't have to take the last one. I got several 0's :)
  8. Enginerd42

    Enginerd42 Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 19, 2005
    742 Evergeen Terrace
    hehe, I don't think that's what the OP was refering to, but I also "failed" a final, once I realized that my 3 midterms gave me an A in the class and allowed me to drop it. That's always worth taking advantage of! :D
  9. DownonthePharm

    DownonthePharm Chillin' n Fillin' 7+ Year Member

    Dec 23, 2004
    Oh dear. Ive had some organic tests Ive turned in with just my name on them. :D
  10. WhatUpDoc!

    WhatUpDoc! The Sign Says It All Physician 10+ Year Member

    Aug 22, 2005
    Somewhere, USA
    You got a long way to go buddy... failing a test is no sweat... failing a class is what you should avoid like the south during hurricane season :( . Study hard for the next one... take time to get used to the college swing... you'll be bangin out A's in no time ;)
  11. Darth Asclepius

    Darth Asclepius Dark Lord of the Sith 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    I failed a biochem test that I studied my ass off for. That was really frustrating. My professor had a policy that if you did better on the cumulative final than any individual exam, you could replace that exam grade with the final (great policy, I think since it requires you to master the material). Suck it up and move on. If you dwell on it, that won't help you do better on the next test. Figure out what the problem was (did you not study enough? not study the right things? didn't work enough problems? just don't understand?) and fix it. Good luck with the next test.
  12. PineappleGirl

    PineappleGirl Sweet and Juicy! 5+ Year Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    I failed several tests in calculus, including the final, but I still managed to get a D in the class, thanks to the kindness of the prof. I don't think he understood how someone could always show up for class, do the problem sets and appear to be paying attention yet fail to understand anything.

    Like the poster above, however, I still have a high overall GPA. Calc was my biggest screw up.
  13. Saluki

    Saluki 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 11, 2002
    I've failed a few, but my best was freshman year... I got a 44% on my first exam in general chemistry, because I didn't realize there was a periodic table attached to the back of the test. I couldn't figure out how we were supposed to do the problems without one. My prof let me retake it the following morning and I got an 87.... I am still so thankful to that man...
  14. RayhanS1282

    RayhanS1282 perpetually percolated 10+ Year Member

    Oh yeah...I failed 2 exams for Calulus in my freshman year. I still wonder how I passed that class.
  15. bwells46

    bwells46 MD, MPH, MSM 10+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    Stony Brook, NY
    One class was funny. The prof said you had to take the final but that the final could be your drop grade. I had an A going into the final so I showed up, wrote my name on the paper, filled in all Cs (it was part multiple guess), drew a couple of pictures for the short answer (for one question, I drew a picture of me as a gladiator fighting a bacteriophage) and turned it in. The TA gave me a weird look when I turned the exam in - it was funny :laugh:

    BTW, this was a microbiology test.
  16. MrBurns10

    MrBurns10 Excellent, Smithers Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    The first test in Orgo 2 was worth 150 points, and it was curved. The average was a 100, which would make that score borderline C+/B-. I got a 31. Yeah...I think that constitutes failing :)

    I ended up withdrawing from the course because I obviously didn't have the basics from Orgo 1, and did well when I retook it in the summer and actually had time to back and relearn Orgo 1. Keep your head'll be fine!
  17. CTSballer11

    CTSballer11 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2005

    I had a class like that and I did not even show up for the final. It was pretty sweet.
  18. I once got an A-...
  19. veridisquo

    veridisquo Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 10, 2005
    Are you kidding me?

    Chem I - 57% on the second exam. I tried to teach myself three chapters of material in three hours. I got a 97% on the other three exams, and an A on the final, so I ended up making an A.

    Chem II - 50%. Again, I tried to teach myself three chapters of material in the few hours right before the exam. I earned A's on all the other exams, though, so I ended up making an A... although I still don't know how to create a buffer.

    Organic I - First exam, 64%. I thought I was going to have to drop. Then I found out the class average was in the 30's. I made an A in the course.

    Biology practical - Out of 55 questions, I was only sure that 5 were correct. I don't remember the exact percentage; it was in the 40s. I ended up with an A in the course because all my other grades were As.

    I also got a 45% on a history exam, a 50something% on a theatre appreciation exam, that sort of thing.

    I have a 3.9 and fail about two exams a semester. That's life.
  20. 63768

    63768 Guest 2+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    actually, no.
  21. Psycho Doctor

    Psycho Doctor *** Angel 5+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2004
    I failed a final my first semester b/c i had found out 5 minutes before walking into it that my gf collapsed and was in the CCU. Fortunately my prof let me retake it.
  22. AggieJohn

    AggieJohn Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    May 22, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    I made a 40 on my Phys 1 test, and somehow managed to pull an A... *shrug*
  23. Hindiana_Jones

    Hindiana_Jones 10+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2004

    I absolutely agree with this statement. I failed the first science test I took in undegrad in gen chem. I got a 24 out of 120. The class average was a 20, the class was super hard, and I ended up with a B and a LOR from the professor b/c I worked really hard. I also failed my first orgo exam...and my first calc exam...and well, those two classes didn't go so well. Its okay. Go over what you would have done differently, how you would have studied differently, and go into the office hours and go over the exam with the professor.
  24. SanDiegoSOD

    SanDiegoSOD Milk was a bad choice 7+ Year Member

    Jul 5, 2004
    Sunny California
    I failed my second Calculus 1 test during my first quarter at college. That led to a C :eek: in the class, and thankfully my lowest grade in college.
  25. chaeymaey

    chaeymaey 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    May 25, 2003
    Mr. Burns, are you secretly my twin? The almost exact same thing happened to me in
    Orgo 2 as well, and I did drop and retake with an A in the summer. Spooky.
  26. Failed? No. Worse than final exam in Spanish 101- which I had never taken before, had dropped at the beginning of the semester (due to being in a very bad car accident- there is a period of a couple of months where I remember next to nothing that happened)....or rather thought I had dropped....found out the day before the final that I was still in the class and could have pulled a C with an A on the exam. How'd I do? This sums it up:
    [​IMG] BTW, I'm the kid. ;) :smuggrin:
  27. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Haha, relax, man. I've got a good GPA, and I've failed more than a few chem exams. In a class where there weren't any dropped exams, I still failed two of the three. :p

    Don't worry - most profs will offer ways for you to pick up the slack if necessary.
  28. juiceman311

    juiceman311 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2005
    A normal human has 10 fingers right? Yeah, I've failed more tests than I can count on both hands...pre-med Engineering, gotta love it.

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