Despite the fact that many college students profess not to “give a damn” about their grades, they love telling everyone within a five-mile radius their test scores.

College students learn a very important skill in high school and even junior high: how to tell people something without acting like you want to tell them or that it’s really important, yet still getting the message across.

They utilize this vital communication skill whenever they get their test results back and discover that they did well–or at least better than the person they’re talking to.  A conversation might go like this: “Hey, er…what’d you get?”  –other person tells test score.

If this score was low, the first person then goes, “Ah, yeah, that test was a bitch,” then proceeds to casually say, “yeah, I only got a ninety-eight percent…the next test should be better, though…”

If the other person received a good grade, the first person will then say something like, “That test was so easy!”  If their score was higher, they will then continue, “I got X percent better than you, but that’s alright, I did study a bit.”  If it was lower they will then become unaccountably quiet and say, “Well, it wasn’t that easy.  And I was out partying so I didn’t get a chance to study.”  Good luck trying to find out what their grade was.  If you ask directly they will suddenly and oddly forget.

Standardized test scores are also big conversation pieces.  Even if you didn’t get a good score on your ACT or SAT, you can still get a few points by knowing someone who received perfect or near-perfect scores.  If you did receive good scores, expect to be approached by people who say, “I heard you got a perfect score from so-and-so.  Smile; you just gave so-and-so a few points by being their smart friend.

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