Last night was mock exam for our course. We all rolled up just before 6pm and gathered in the anti-room next to where the exam would be. Much nervous laughter etc. This was only the “mock” so we can get some feedback from the tutor in a couple of weeks time giving us a month to swat up on weak areas and or consider our exam technique. However though the pressure of real exam conditions etc. certainly had an affect on adrenalin levels.
What did I learn straight away? My writing is appalling! I tried to write neatly to start with, as time and a cramped hand much more used to typing than writing progressed it got more and more scruffy! Oh well. Just have to try on that one again. I was pleased with my time management of the exam. I finished writing with about 15 mins left to read through which was good as I spotted at least one major mistake where I’d simply written two terms down the wrong way round. Overall on pretty much all the questions I had a reasonable idea what to do when I looked them over. A couple of areas I know I should go and read more on without a doubt and I’ll be interested in the feedback on some of the questions to make sure my answer was in the right area.
Now all that is needed is final skills assessments to be done where we are observed in a helping session and given feedback which is all added into the portfolio which needs a few pieces of work to be marked for me to be totally complete. Final exam and then wait until August sometime to be told pass or fail!
However in all this… I’ve had my place on the next step, a two year diploma course, confirmed after which I could be able to call myself a counsellor!