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An off-campus test you do not want to fail

Taking tests is definitely an integral part of life on most university campuses in Georgia and throughout the nation. You might be the type of student who pulls an all-nighter a day or so before a big exam to cram in as much last-minute study time as you can. On the other hand, perhaps your study habits are much more structured and organized, with a certain amount of time each day or week devoted to the purpose. In the long run, whichever way works best for you is good.

However, most parents, educators and others who have already navigated the post-secondary education process may tell you the latter idea is typically a far better choice. Written or oral exams in a classroom may not be the only type of tests you take in college. If you try out for a sports team, for instance, prospective coaches will want to observe your skills and agility before determining if a team might have an open spot with your name on it.

Another type of test altogether

What would you do if a police officer, not a college professor or coach, asked you to take a test; in fact, a test that's more like a pop quiz, with no time to study? Do you think you'd be legally obligated to comply? The walk-and-turn test is a common observational tool police officers use to determine whether a motorist might be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

What is a walk-and-turn test?

The walk-and-turn is one of several types of field sobriety tests that typically involve a police officer issuing you several instructions, then checking to see how well you follow them, as well as how efficiently you perform the physical aspects of the given test.

How does it work?

The walk-and-turn test generally requires you to walk a straight line with your arms outstretched to either side at shoulder height. The police officer in question may request that you place the heel of one foot at the tip of the toes on the other with each step you take. Once you reach the end of the line, you will have to turn 180 degrees and perform the whole exercise again, in the opposite direction.

What happens if you fail?

When you bomb a test in college, you may be able to bounce back the next time around, unless you're grades were already poor and your continued enrollment hinged upon success in a particular exam. If you fail a walk-and-turn or other field sobriety test, you may wind up in handcuffs, on your way to jail for suspected DUI. That can be a problem because even sober people often have trouble with tasks that gauge balance abilities!

Do you have to take the test?

If you refuse to take a college exam, your professor may choose to give you a zero or fail you from the class altogether. However, you are under no legal obligation to submit to a request to take a field sobriety test, only chemical tests, for which implied consent laws apply.

Who can help?

Participating in study groups can help you achieve your academic goals and develop good study habits in college. If you fail a field sobriety test or have questions regarding possible consequences regarding your refusal to submit to a police officer's request, there are support networks available to assist you in this arena as well.

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