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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Do you feel stressed when you have exams?

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JoEditor 1 October, 2015 - 10:42

Hi! 
No need at all for an apology. :) We always have our eyes open here on Teens as we want to create a safe and happy learning environment for all of our users. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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gianggiang 21 September, 2015 - 13:51

I always feel butterflies in my stomach before an exam. Does anyone know "feel butterflies in my stomach 'mean?

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Elsa007 21 September, 2015 - 18:49

Hi gianggiangphi,
I know the meaning of the phrase!
As you can literally imagine that the phrase expresses an uncomfortable situation where one feels very nervous…!
Actually, I don't remember the last time I felt butterflies in my stomach before an exam but have often felt my heart beating on stage...!! How about you?? ツ

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gianggiang 22 September, 2015 - 06:29

Hi Elsa007. Could you show me the meaning of " beat on stage"?
You come from Singapore,don't you?
I am very respectful your first president.
and I am an Adam Khoo's fan. Do you know him? His books are bestsellers in Vietnam

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Elsa007 26 September, 2015 - 09:31

Thank you for the comment, ginaggiangphi.
I simply wanted to say I feel my heart beating when I'm suddenly asked to talk about something in front of people. That's all!

Well, Adam Khoo's books seem to be helpful to strengthen our motivation when it's lost, but I'm not sure if I really feel inspired by the book… In my opinion, the successful people say a similar thing. For you, what drives you be better and step forward? Do you feel something is lacking? Listen to your heart and let me know, if you don't mind!ツ
Elsa

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gianggiang 27 September, 2015 - 14:12

Uhmmm, what drives me be better and step forward is my mother and her hope. That is all. ( I really want her to be proud of me) ( My mother always encourages me do what I love and love what I do- certainly they are legal actions- haha) What about your mother?
And something is lacking, they are friends, ( haha, still friends, because I think that friendship plays an important role in our life. Moreover, we are teenagers,so we spend more time communicating with friends than our parents)
Hope to receive your reply soon
Best wishes ( Giang)

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Elsa007 28 September, 2015 - 17:20

Wow! What a very commendable purpose you have! I hope you make things happen!
My mother also encourages me to change my mind for a right direction and often teaches me social skills which I'm not good at. My mum and my sister are particular about that!!
And friends? Well…. I'll more sleep on it.
Actually I've got a close friend recently. She has brought me a fresh feeling which I never had. I mean I came to notice there's a sense of unity which supports me and encourages me (more than mum!).
Do you want to know more about it?? :)Let me know your story as well, if you don't mind!
Elsa

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Elsa007 27 September, 2015 - 10:36

Haha, thank you gianggiangphi for letting me know my mistake!
It's a long nickname but…. lovely! ツ

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gianggiang 27 September, 2015 - 23:47

My name in English means " river" Is it lovely??? Haha ( What do you think about my reply above?- The importance of friendship)
( And would you mind telling me how many hours a day do you spend on working with your computer? I spend six hours!!!!!

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Elsa007 29 September, 2015 - 08:28

Hi Giang,
My school is innovative and we students are quite familiar with using computers. They give us a lot of homework and notices and messages in the online pages, so unconsciously we are facing with computers for quite along time…!!
Many students have started to wear glasses! What about you, Ginag? Do you wear glasses??
Elsa

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Elsa007 30 September, 2015 - 09:01

Me, either. I usually wear glasses at night., except while sleeping as a matter of fact!
When I was younger, I wanted to be a woman wearing glasses, but now I know it was a ridiculous idea!! ツ

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CoolPink 10 August, 2015 - 10:13

that sometimes, depending on which test have. Can you can help me? I always try to help my friends when they do not know something, but so often does not help itself, and they sometimes get angry when I didn't come to help them. What should I do? To continue to help them and so I do not do or i could finish my work.

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Ken 6 August, 2015 - 23:19

The story makes me think....
What Terry did during the exam seems to be v weird but she should have contacted Mo even when she had a hard time if she thought Mo was a 'trusted' friend; she could have avoided Mo's suspicion. But Mo, on the other hand, was feeling so stressed for the coming exam at that time. The misunderstanding seems to have resulted because both hadn't much room for each other. Are they 'friends' ?? ....I don't know. They look just classmates...!? Will they build a good relation for the future??
I wonder what others think about this.....
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Komorniki2015 2 June, 2015 - 18:57

Yeah I fell stressed before exam, because I fell that I will make a few stupid mistakes, and will be bad mark.

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jennifer1907 6 May, 2015 - 10:47

Yeah. Exams are terrible. I am not afraid to do the test but I am scared of knowing score... That is awful.

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prettygirl02 17 July, 2015 - 00:38

You're right. So do I. I am very scare when the teacher sends the report card to my mom.........a little terrified!

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Silvermist 21 April, 2015 - 16:11

some subjects yes. But not history. I sometimes feel a lot stressed during my favorites like English literature ( although I' m good in it) out of fear that I won't be able to write in time.

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VIOLETA 5 April, 2015 - 15:36

I m very stressed when I have exam.I m going on the Olimpics(or how should I tell that on english,that s the biggest exam).It s biology.I will try to not be stressed because that s very important to me.But I always say that and I never keep calm.(Thanks!Everybody who try to understand what I wanted to say.That s because I don t know english very well.):-)

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honeymery 5 January, 2015 - 19:06

frankly speaking I love cheating because it is enjoyable and full of Adrenaline .
of course I hardly ever need to cheat but I always give cheat to my friend Specially at math and physics exams . any way I love cheating and I think real student has to cheat :) :*

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