Final Exams

Only two days left until the end of first year and we are in the middle of our final exams. As I have written earlier, grades at HBS are determined by a combination of class participation and the final exam, each comprising 50% of our grade. The final exam is a case study in which we are required to download and read a case, analyze it, write an essay of 1,500 to 2,000 words, and finally upload it – within four to five hours. Five hours may sound long, but in fact, the time just flies. Given the impact of the exam on our grade, it is hard not to feel strong pressure to perform well.

Final Exam

A good thing is, with a few exceptions, we can take the exam at any location we desire (as long as there is stable internet connection). Some people prefer the classroom, but many others take it at different locations – home, library, or even a café. A friend of mine related to me how last semester he took the exam at the airport while waiting for his flight – I can’t imagine how he could do it…

Anyway, the long-awaited summer vacation is just around the corner. I can’t wait!


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