Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Adventures in Not Taking a Test

I’ll give away the ending before I start, though. He made it safely to the conference center and took the six hour day one of the Missouri Bar Exam. But it wasn’t without a ton of freak outs by the crazy wife back in St. Louis throughout the day.

Here’s how the day played out yesterday….

6:01 am: His text - “I’m awake.” I asked him to let me know he was up, because if not, I was going to be his wake up call.

6:45 am: My text - “Good! Break a leg today!” And off to work I went.

7:14 am: His text – “We got six inches of wet slushy snow. The guy parked across from me pulled into the driveway and is now stuck. I can’t move.”

8:11 am: My text – “Are you serious? Oh no!”

8:12 am: My text – “Are you going to walk to the test?!”

8:13 am: My text – “I hope everything worked out in the hour since I got your text! I love you! Let me know how it goes!”


So cue the first freak out of the day. I presumed that no news was good news and he was just too busy once he got to the testing site to text me back. So I was stressing all morning, but hoping for the eest.


1:14 pm: He calls and I’m in a meeting. I text him and let him know I’ll call him in a bit.

1:15 pm: His text - “The power is out at the conference center and my hotel.”

1:16 pm: My text – “Oh no!!!!!!!!! What are they doing?!”

1:17 pm: They were told to come back at 2 pm and hoped the power would be back on.

2 pm: They arrive to start the second session, and the power is still out. Come back at 2:30 pm they say.

2:05 pm: The power is back on surprisingly, and they all sit to take the test.

But then they have to sit there until 2:30 pm, because some people weren't there, and they were told to wait.

3 pm: They finally start the test.

3:02 pm: They’re told to stop what they’re doing and step back from their laptops. Apparently the power outage has messed up the test taking software and they can’t continue with the electronic test taking. They continue taking the essay portion of the test via long-hand after some long back and forth with the IT support on staff and the proctors for the exam.

6:47 pm: He finally calls me to tell me know that Day One is finally done. And he’s heading for dinner and a relaxing evening, to get ready for tomorrow.


What with a fire in his original hotel, a freak blizzard the morning of the test, cars not able to get out of the parking lot, power outages and then software mishaps, I really think the whole group needs to get t-shirts that say  “I survived the MO Bar Exam of 2013!”

Because REALLY?

Did I mention that the television in his back up hotel room doesn’t work? Lovely.


  1. Oh. My. Goodness. That's insane! So glad his day 1 is over!

  2. Geez. What a disaster. I feel for the guy. Almost done though. ALMOST DONE!!

  3. OMG!!! That is horrible, I can't even imagine how frusterating that would be after months of preparation. It will be a great war story for him to tell for years to come, though!

  4. Yep! That needs a tshirt! Crazy!

  5. I was thinking of all of them over there at the Truman Conference Center and Hotel. Wow, did not know what had happened and what they had done.

  6. Oh MAN. That sounds AWFUL! My husband had similar issues with a couple of his medical boards - power outages at TWO separate centers! Why is this an issue at testing centers?!

    Glad he is done with this experience. Good luck!!!