France: Finals!

So. This is it. The end of the semester. Finals. A part of studying abroad is adjusting to things that are different to your culture. I don’t know about you but when I think about different things I think food, greeting customs, etc. Big things like that. What I do not think about is testing differences. Finals are different here in that you will get a schedule with a starting and an ending time for your exams. Except they don’t start when the schedule says to start. The commencement time is when everyone is allowed in to take the test and then you wait thirty minutes to start. The ending time on the schedule is more of a suggestion and sometimes they change the room numbers last minute ( I almost missed an exam!) So, one thing you should do is ask a native about testing culture. It seems bizarre, but it can save you a lot of frustration!

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