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Old 03-21-2011, 10:53 AM
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Unhappy Bloody nose during exam?

For a written exam, what happens if you get a (serious) bloody nose?

Are you supposed to let it bleed and just focus on the exam?

Will they make you get up and hold your nose closed so that the splashing blood isn't "distracting" other candidates?

Will they give you extra time if they make you stop working?

Or will they feed you the, "Well, if you fail, we'll refund your money and have you postpone your career by six months"?

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Old 03-21-2011, 11:08 AM
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This actually did happen to me during the preliminary exams years ago. I asked to use the bathroom, which you can do one at a time. I grabbed as many paper towels as seemed reasonable, and they turned red during the exam. I passed, so it didn't affect my results.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:15 AM
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you go the restroom and jam as many paper towels or kleenex up there. then you try to finish.

they will not give you extra time. if your bleeding is so bad that it distracts other candidates they may ask you to leave. you are unlikely to get a refund.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:18 AM
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I think you can be sure you won't get any extra time, and I'd be surprised if you received a refund (or a credit to the next attempt) even if you stopped the exam right there.

My advice would be to exit the room, maybe lie down for a few minutes, and pack your nose to stop the bleeding.

It's an unfortunate situation but I don't see this as much different from having a flat tire on the way to the exam and being 20 minutes late or having a bad head cold and finding it very difficult to concentrate. You do the best the can, and your exam progress may be postponed by 6 months. At least today, unlike way back when, I think all exams are offered twice a year.

Frankly, my main concern if I were supervising the exam would be to minimize how much distraction you were to the other candidates.
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Are you anticipating getting a bloody nose during an exam?
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If you are thinking hard enough to get a bloody nose you are doing it wrong.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:05 PM
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Will they give you extra time if they make you stop working?
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Well, if you fail, we'll refund your money and have you postpone your career by six months.
HELL NO
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If it's a pen and paper test, bring an extra "backup" calculator chosen for the largest, most deeply recessed display you can find, and use it as an inkwell to collect the blood. Then use it to write your test.
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