My first round of comprehensives. .

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    May 09, 2011 10:56 AM GMT
    Exactly one year ago I was still driving across country to move here to IU. I finished finals last week, and I get the glory of taking comprehensives today. I'm not sure exactly what to expect, but when I'm done I can finally relax.

    Wish me luck guysicon_smile.gif

    Anyone else have comps stories?
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    May 09, 2011 11:48 AM GMT
    I wish you the best of luck buddy! icon_biggrin.gif

    When I was in school getting my associates in baking and pastry, we had 3 major comprehensives we had to pass. In each comp, there was a written portion and then we had the practical portion (which would be the baking part). For the first comp, I failed the written once so I had to retake it again. The test was given on computer and it didn't add up the answers correctly, so everyone failed that one.

    For my second major comp, we had a sweets table event and we had to work in partners for this. Each person had to make petit fours (bite size desserts) We only had 8 hours to do five categories. Some of the stuff like puff pastry takes 3-4 hours alone. All of the stuff we made was put on our table and people from school and our family members were allowed to come in and taste what we made. I passed that comp with flying colors.

    The last comp before we graduate was the biggest pain in the ass. We had 8 hours to do 2 categories. Those categories are decorate a wedding cake, make a sugar sculpture, plated items, chocolate confections and one more thing I can't remember. Each category is a pain in the ass. Not one was easier than the other. Each came with its own challenges. I chose wedding cakes and the sugar sculpture. When we were to be graded, we were to get graded by every chef we ever had, which 7 chefs. We were graded individually as well. That was one of the most nerve wracking things to go through. My sugar piece shattered before it was graded but my chefs saw it before it broke and I passed that one. My cake had to be redone because of a minor flaw, The chefs were extremely picky and almost everyone had to come in the next day and redo something. When I finally passed, I felt so damn good.

    You'll do fine, just breath and concentrate.
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    May 09, 2011 2:23 PM GMT
    I had my masteral comps years ago and they were rough. They're almost comparable to bar exams. Neither was fun. It's all about prep, however. If you're fully prepared, nothing is impossible. Try to be calm and relaxed during the exams. Good luck.
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    May 09, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    Best of luck to you Mate ....
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    May 13, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    I passedicon_smile.gif SO apparently I can be taught.