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IPT: Trial Analysis

posted Aug 30, 2009, 2:57 PM by Eddie Woo
In the past, I've compared the post-exam experience to using a microscope and watching an instant replay. This time round, more than any other exam, I'd like you to think about the trial exam as a flight simulator.

These ingenious things are all about imitating being in an aircraft. (As an information system, they are fascinating, but I'll leave the discussion of that to another time!) You get to sit in the cockpit of a real plane, except the buttons you push and the joystick you maneuvre don't fly anything: instead, signals are sent to a sophisticated supercomputer that does all the calculations necessary to simulate your interactions with a virtual world.

The point of a simulator is to give you an experience of the real thing without all the associated risks. Extensive time in a simulator will put you in good stead to fly in reality. Learning from your mistakes in a simulator is a lot easier than in the real world (especially when flying a plane; since mistakes in a plane will usually end up in your untimely death!).

Your trial exam was a simulator for the external HSC exam that you will sit in just over 7 weeks. You now have a massive amount of raw data concerning your understanding of the course; now it's time to turn that data into information regarding your strengths, weaknesses, and what you need to focus on in the lead-up to the final exam.

As before - and now, for the last time - make yourself a new classwork post and in it carry out a question-by-question analysis of your performance. Make sure you know the exact reason for every mark you missed, so that if you sat this exam again, you would be able to get 100%. Hop to it!