Michele- my experience was about the same. I got there a little later than I had planned to and the only seat left was front row, dead center, right in front of the proctors. I threw up before I went in, so I thought I'd be fine from then on. Nope! My stomach made these horrible LOUD noises during the exam. This has never happened to me before. It was so loud! I hoped that no one heard, except the proctors started looking at me every time they happened. LOL! I had tissues, breath mints, and even a pencil sharpener, but I was not prepared for a loudly protesting stomach.
Y'all, it was so funny. It wasn't yesterday. I came home, the sitter for my kids left, and then I bawled my eyes out. Today, however, I started being able to find some humor about yesterday.
The style of the test is very different than our schoolwork, but what threw me a little was that I wasn't always able to eliminate the answers down to only 2 out of 4 for some questions (like I had thought I would be able to).
I went through the test once and quickly answered the "easy" stuff (all questions have the same weight as far as grading). Then I went back through and rated the questions either one or two dots. I worked on the most difficult cases last. They were not all towards the back or front of the test, either.
I had a 20% (?- can't remember if there were 4 or 5 answers) chance of being right on the questions I didn't get to, so I filled those bubbles in right before the test ended.
Earplugs. I am SO GLAD I brought them! If I could have, I would have offered them to the poor people sitting next to me. One poor guy behind me was moaning after every question, especially towards the end. Bless his heart.