Friends or exams? Which are more important?

Mo was waiting outside her class. She was feeling sick. She always felt sick in exam week. She had two exams that day. Physics was first and she hated physics, it was her worst subject. But this was the last day of exams! Terry looked back at her from the front of the line, then looked away quickly. Mo thought she looked guilty. She didn’t have a problem with physics. She didn’t have a problem with anything! 

“Hi, Mo, it’s your favourite exam today” said Nima as she arrived. Terry looked back again. “What’s wrong with her?” said Nima. “I thought you were friends.”  “Yes, so did I,” said Mo, “but she hasn’t spoken to me for two weeks.” She promised to help me revise for the physics exam, but then she ignored all my calls and texts. And when I rang her house, her mum told me she was busy. She doesn’t remember who her friends are!” said Mo angrily. “Are you listening Maureen Quinn?” Mr Reed was talking to the class and the other students were going into the exam room. Mo gave Nima a worried look and followed them.

Mo couldn’t answer question number five, it was too difficult. She looked up and saw Terry sitting in the next row. Mo was surprised. Terry was holding her phone under the table and she was reading from it. Mo didn’t know what to think. Is that how Terry always got good grades? She felt really angry at Terry but didn’t know what to do. She thought about telling the teacher, but what would everyone else think of her? It wasn’t fair! Mo never cheated and she failed lots of exams. Terry had already put her phone away when Mo looked up again. She looked back at Mo and smiled sadly. “Stop writing and put your pens down” said Mr Reed as he started to collect the exam papers. Oh no, Mo hadn’t answered two of the questions. She was going to fail again!

Mo wanted to talk to Terry at lunch time, but she couldn’t find her in the dining hall. The next exam was history. That was Mo’s favourite subject but she didn’t feel good. She was angry with Terry. Nima went home for lunch every day, so she couldn’t talk to her either. Mo went to the library to study. She didn’t know what to do about Terry. She thought about telling a teacher, but everyone would hate her if she did that. “It wasn’t fair!” she thought. “Terry was getting good grades by cheating all that time. And I thought we were friends!” Just then, Mr Reed walked past her table. “Mr Reed...”

Mo was sitting behind Terry again in the history exam that afternoon, but Terry didn’t take her phone out. Maybe she didn’t need to cheat at history. Mo was feeling bad again, but she had no problems with the exam. Why did she tell Mr Reed? But it was too late now. He wanted her to look at him and nod if she saw that Terry had her phone in the exam. She was on the last question, when she saw that Terry had her phone under the table. Without thinking, Mo looked up and nodded to Mr Reed. Terry was looking at her phone and didn’t hear him as he walked silently up to her table. He didn’t say anything. Terry looked, surprised. He picked up her exam paper and pointed to the door, to tell Terry to go outside. Terry started crying as she walked to the door. Everyone was staring at her and Mo felt really sorry now.

She was leaving school, when she heard footsteps behind her. It was Terry. “Mo, wait!” she called. “I want to talk to you.” Mo could see Terry had been crying, her face was pale and her eyes were red. Mo couldn’t speak. “Listen, I’m really sorry I didn’t answer your calls, but we’re having a terrible time. My dad had a heart attack and he’s in hospital. He had a big operation today and I was very worried. I know it was stupid, but I was reading texts from my mum to see how it was going, but Mr Reed caught me. He thought I was cheating. But he believes me now.  I’m sorry I didn’t tell you what was happening. I know you’re a good friend. Will you forgive me?”

Brendan Dunne

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Discussion

Do you feel stressed when you have exams?

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gianggiang 5 November, 2015 - 08:38

I am sorry Juni... I just want to give you some advice. You should study harder and the results won't make you feel disappointed. Don't cheat anymore, face it bravely. Don't be worried! I would rather get bad marks than cheat in exam.
When your soul feel comfortable, exercises will be more easier!

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junzi0phan 10 November, 2015 - 09:17

yes you're right, now I don't cheat anymore actualy Im not good at chemistry so when I have test of chemistry I have used cell phone to check the answer on google search I think if I do that I will get good marks and if I get good marks maybe I will be advanced students and if Im advanced students I will have a new electric bicycle from my dad he had promised to me if I can do that but now don't need to cheat anymore I have decided I will have a new electric bicycle without cheating I think I can do this .
thank you for the advice Giang.
do you use fb or zalo Giang?

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gianggiang 2 December, 2015 - 10:24

HI Junzi0phan. It;s great that you don;t cheat any more!
Actually, I am curious to know...
As you know, I am Vietnamese,too and all Chemistry tests in Vietnam are 100% multiple choice questions.Therefore, it's hard to find answers on the internet and that is very time-consuming ! At first, I thought that you used mobile phone to check the answers for HIstory, Geography , Literature and Philosophy tests :).
About new electronic bikes, Yes, I agree with you that after graduating from secondary schools, most Vietnamese students are bought electronic bikes by their parents ! However, if we think insightfully, an electronic bike is not very important because after leaving high schools. most of us go to university and we ride motorbikes, it's much better, isn't it ?
One final thing, now, in Vietnam, there are some websites which help you study better ! If you join in those websites, you will have chances to be taught by the most excellent teachers in Vietnam.

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Jonathan - Coor... 10 November, 2015 - 10:55

Hi junzi0phan. It's great to hear that you have decided to do it without cheating! :)

Please remember our House Rules which say:

  • Do not share your email address, phone number, home address, school name, messenger ID or passwords with anyone.

Please also do not ask any other users to share their information. It is a bad idea to share this on the internet where anybody in the world can read it. 

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junzi0phan 10 November, 2015 - 12:49

oh. I'm sorry Jonathan I just read all House rules again maybe I'm too lazy to read all that when I create account so I don't know :)
thank you for remind me .

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JoEditor 3 November, 2015 - 14:25

Hi junzi0phan,
I remember teachers at my school telling us that if we cheated in tests we were only cheating ourselves. I think that's true - by cheating you're not proving what you know and what you can do. One of these days a teacher will probably see you cheating. Have you thought about how you would feel if and when that happens? 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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junzi0phan 4 November, 2015 - 04:27

if my teach know I have cheat in my test his will very disapointment about me. when I think about that it's make me feel bad .
I think I shout stop. I think from now I shout do it by myself if so I need to learn harder .
thank you Joeditor
thank you very much .

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Elsa007 5 November, 2015 - 05:25

I utterly agree with you, junzi…
I want to be proud of what I've achieved with no concern for the results…☆

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RuthHuancaCOART 23 October, 2015 - 00:51

when I am in a exam,I normally I am stressed ,and more if I say it will take little time.

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ryanrussell13 28 September, 2015 - 15:24

yes once in a while the exams are very difficult in my school, but the exams of history are very easy

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AracelyV12 28 September, 2015 - 14:51

No, because distribute my time appropriately, it is very easy.
There is no complicated the life. Relax

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AlessandroCT45 28 September, 2015 - 14:35

Particularly, i feel very stressed in the exams, but i study very hard to pass my exams with good grades.

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gianggiang 22 September, 2015 - 06:56

Hello Elsa007. students in Singapore have to study very hard,don't they? That is similar to Vietnam. I am really tired of studying all day. So I only can visit this site at noon and at night. My favorite subject is Math. I also like English too. What about you?

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Elsa007 26 September, 2015 - 10:24

Hi gianggiangphi.
That's right, we have to study very hard but we're willing to do that just like people in Vietnam!
By the way, you must be a hard worker, gianggiangphi, please take care of yourself when you are exhausted!!!!
Well, my favorite subjects? like languages, philosophy, politics and commerce. May I boast myself a little bit? ツ
I always get good scores in languages and philosophy!! What about you? What's your advantage?
Elsa

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gianggiang 27 September, 2015 - 12:10

Hi, Elsa. I am scare of learning philosophy. ( It is even more difficult than Math, I think so)
I think that the person who is good at politics and philosophy is very confident, sociable and generous.
I guess you are quite different from me. I am very reserved.
( If we have more chances to write comments to each other, you can call me simply Giang ( it is closer) haha

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Elsa007 28 September, 2015 - 15:59

Hi Giang!!
Aha…! You're making me blush! :)
Well, maybe you're right… but I think I'm reserved as well.
I reckon you’re reserve because you know 'Who knows most, speaks least.'??
By the way, can you do the math? What do you think? Ginag + Elsa =_________
Let me know if you don't mind!
Elsa

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Elsa007 29 September, 2015 - 08:19

Wow….!! It's just like you to find such an unexpected great answer!
Indeed, you must be a mathematician, or a poet who is far from a layperson like me!
I'm ashamed of my small scaled idea (I just thought '1') !!
Hmm….I can see a universe inside of you and I see you with new eyes from this moment!! ツツ
Elsa

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gianggiang 30 September, 2015 - 09:18

Hi, Why do you think that it is "1"?
Firstly, I guess the answer is " R --Q --Z-- N--N*--P" haha. Then , I think it is strangers-- friends-- close friends--Best friend-- best friend forever. Our friendship looks like a train!!!!
( Just kidding)
[ I see you with new eyes from this moment-- Could you explain this more clearly?
Hope to receive your reply.

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Elsa007 30 September, 2015 - 10:50

Hi Giang, I have no idea, what is 'RQZNNP'?
Is it 'Response Quickly Zone, Never Never Postpone'?? (haha)

Wow, you answer sounds magic! Consequently, my answer to you questions is 'upgrading' our ticket from stranger class to friend class!! Our train (SCBBF) has just departed, hasn't it? What do you think, Ginag? ツ
Elsa

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gianggiang 1 October, 2015 - 05:40

Hm. R means Real number,.....N means natural number. They are belong to Mathematics. i just want to express that our friendship is becoming closer!
Uhm, I think that the answer is a frozen river!!!
( Ah, You know, everyone has different ways to answer for a question. If the question is not a mathematical clause,all the answers are correct. It depends on your opinion, ( you know, the answer for a Math exercise always has one. It is true or false) your answer is very interesting.
Elsa, After reading my comment, you and I should apologize to JoEditor for our faults. Do you agree?

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Elsa007 1 October, 2015 - 11:18

Hi Giang,
I've just sent an apology to Jo before reading your comment!
I love to talk with you more and more, but as Jo says we may annoy other visitors and have to keep safe, you know.
Elsa

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