Why I got 297 on 300 on the TOEFL...

Yes... I got my final scorecard today, from ETS, and they had succumbed to my tricks and awarded me 297 out of 300, (not out of 1000, you sicko!!) on the TOEFL. Well, yes, thanks, that is a good score, I know, and thanks once again for the congratulations you may be telling me right now :)

I have dutifully called up everybody I know today... and will also be posting that on all the Yahoo groups I know soon. Among the people I had called up were my grandparents, and then someone had just asked me from the other end, "Where did you lose those three marks?" I know it is difficult to digest that, but well, they are accustomed to all chunnu-munnu-tunnus scoring 100/100 on maths in our family, and so that question is well, expectable. The answer to that question is what you can find out below...

It happened this way... Everything was sailing smoothly until I lost just one question in the listening section. There was this man, who seemed to be lost in the university campus (I hear that most men are :), and walks up to a woman to ask her directions. The woman said quite sweetly and maybe succintly (by her standards) about which bus to catch from where and all.. take a left here... a right there... God knows what else; and it made very little sense to me. I was kind-o waiting for some other info to come which will be from where the question will come. And then, all of a sudden the question came up: " What does the woman suggest the man go to ?"

I was plucked from the middle of nowhere, it seemed to me. I was as clueless as the man in the pic (he was taking directions, remember?) ... his face kind-o said, "What the hell did you just say??" That was what exactly I was thinking. And there, granny, went my 3 marks :D

Comments

  1. Congratulations. Those three marks are an offering to God :-)

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  2. kool pal.3 marks taki kissi ki naza na lage.u where kind of anxious bout ur score card.well its come.
    all the best
    see u in america

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  3. ROFL!Congratulations Buddy!See you in the US of A soon!

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  4. Congrats Sudipta, great score! iam going to give my exam on 19th of this month. iam a li'l bit nervous over the listening section. by the way, i take the opportunity to express my thanks to u for ur valuable suggestions regarding GRE where i scored 1440. ur advises were really helpful to me... thanks! once again, congrats!

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  5. What a MAN ! ! !

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  6. you will be my inspiration

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  7. Thennavan, haan woh 3 marks bhagavan ko pyare ho gaye :) Thanks, anyway

    Stallion, Thanks, pal... kisi manhoos ka nazar hi gaya hoga... waise my GRE scorecard has not not come yet :(( See you in America from my side too!

    Ramchi, Thanks man... I do wish to land there next fall

    Harishankar, You are welcome!

    Kiran, thanks, man... I always knew ke mera gyaan kisi ke to kaam aayega... :D Just kidding, man... I am glad they were of use. All the best!

    Anonymous, Finally someone was not tricked by the name 'Sudipta' and recognised my masculinity :D just kidding, man... you are welcome. BTW, Inspiration??? *runs off to get a printout of this comment*

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  8. ohh ur scores rock re..!! u sure are lookin ant MIT.. should i say..??

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  9. ohh ur scores rock re..!! u sure are lookin ant MIT.. should i say..??

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  10. Congrats!!! That's a great score! So off to Aamreeka now!

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  11. Me, Hey!! Thanks for dreaming that big for me, but unfortunately MIT does not look at GRE/TOEFL scores re :)

    Anumita, haan ji, mujhe bhi Amreeka jaake padhai karni hai :) Thanks, anyway...

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  12. So you gotta stuck with that lady's voice. Nevermind, the score is still good enough. Many congrats. I would have got 3 out of 300 :-)

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  13. You will be shocked that a friend of mine had lost those few marks 'coz the young lady on the comp had distracted him(and this time she wasn't giving directions to lost people). Funny, what videshi ladkiyan still do to Indian men. Anywayz, so are we deciding on the departure date and taking the same flight to US? And my score cards are still missing.

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  14. Hey congratulations! Man if I got those kinda marks,my family would ask me.. exactly how did u manage to get that much..? sure you cheated!...hmph! so much for good faith..

    Anyways.. will be posting the pics soon so join the party! Cheers!

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  15. Manish, yeah, you can say that, the lady might-a been a distraction herself :) BTW, you would've got 3?? Damn! Hire me, Munnabhai Style :D

    Sunshine, whow!! Now I know for sure why man-ke-sachche boys should not be exposed to beautiful people like you :D [Don't take that seriously]. Haan zaroor chalte hain at least same flight par... we'll work out the logistics, and you can help me understand the directions the air-hostesses give :P

    SBK, Good to see you around again. Thanks... BTW, aap ke ghar mein logo ko aap par itna bharosa hai?? :))

    Will look forward to your pics... cheers!

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  16. Ah, you call me beautiful and then you ask me not to take it seriously? Man, you just broke my heart (sob sob). By the way, I just received my GRE score card. English 80%, Maths 90%, Analytical 6/6(96%). Not bad, huh! Now we can plan the trip and Abhinav can turn green with envy.

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  17. Sunshine, ok baba sorry... You are the most ... (fill in the blanks yourself).

    BTW, 80% - 90% and 6/6 .... Gawd TREAT!! Abhi aap kabhi bhi milo... even when we are going to US (hopefully)... mujhe treat chahiye!!! :)

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  18. oh wow... i mean really.. i just read the 297 lol and decided to comment :P thats great, congrats !

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  19. ohh.. just read a few comments... why do i feel like i've landed right in the middle of an IT conference..... well atleast where no one gets below a B++

    keep blogging !

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  20. Most Wanted, Hi and welcome... and thanks, of course. This is not an IT conference... a little more around here and you'll know for sure! :)

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  21. hey sudiptha u deserve every bit of those 297,3 marks was jus an offering to GOD.superb man keep the good work going.
    cheers Arvind(the guy who also wrote his GRE on 22nd remember)

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