|Science of Testing
By: Master Larry Dercole
back to: "Science Of Testing Part II - Proctoring and Strategies"
Another key element for successful testing is the
PROCTOR or floor assistant. The primary duty of proctoring is to communicate
command and direction from the examiners table to the testing students.
This crafty responsibility involves strictness and seriousness. How to
speak, when to speak, what to say are all vital factors for effective
proctoring. It is important to understand the basic differences between
instructing a class and proctoring a test. In general, class instructing
involves detailed guidelines, specific instructions, feedback (positive
and/or perhaps negative). The student may even feel a particular sense
of dependency and comfort knowing that the instructor is in complete control.
The Proctor however, must find ways to put the testing student in control.
A proctor may offer little or no sense of comfort by over explaining instructions
or providing feedback that may lessen the purpose of the test. Through
his/her demeanor, verbal and nonverbal communication, a confident proctor
is able to mirror confidence in the testing students. The opposite holds
true as well -- an untrained or nervous proctor can create confusion and
disarray for the student and therefore the test. Over explanation, unnecessary
comment, and even boisterous manners can easily be translated into distraction
and confusion competing for focus of the testing students.
Ill Soo Sik (One-step techniques)
* Even/Odd - Student (A) will execute only the odd numbered techniques while student (B) executes the even numbered techniques.
* No Partner - Execute the techniques on command but without a partner.
* Group against one - form a line or a circle, one-by one the attackers ki-hap and then punch (no waiting for an answering ki-hap by the defender) giving little or no time for the defender to think, instead the quickness and reaction of the defender is observed.
* Multiple techniques - After completing one of the ill so sik techniques, the student executes another technique based on his/her positioning from the previous action. The student might consider the most logical technique from the entire system and connect them in a flowing series.
* Random order - Choose any technique but do not repeat and do not copy.
Drills and Basics
* Free style combos - The student executes any combinations (their own choice) of hand and/or foot techniques moving from one end of the testing area to the other.
* Free style combos with partner - The same as above, however this time against a retreating student. The retreating student may throw an occasional counter technique.
* Retreating combos - The same as above, however this time moving backwards.
* Jump Kicking - After the initial required demands are met by the examiners, the student may decide for themselves which is their best and favorite jump kick technique. Students may then be spotlighted (another important element) as they demonstrate their kick individually.
* Group performance vs. individual performance - For the sake of time we often find group hyung performamce during testing. The group performance however, may not always yield the student's best simply because of so much close range distraction. Then there is the "comfort in numbers" effect. Performing in large groups, students may feel hidden or somewhat concealed and as a result their performance becomes less than their best. Occasionally students have even been asked to perform together insyncrinization with one another distancing them even further from the true significance of the hyung requirement. Grandmaster Shin's message of "Spirit," should be exercised and demonstrated during testing. To capture this essence at least one hyong should be performed individually.
* Sub Groups - Other strategies include dividing groups into sub groups. One group performs their respective hyung while the other group is seated in MukYum. It is important to prepare mentally for hyung before actually performing it. One group could perform one or two hyungs then return to Muk Yum while the next group performs, repeating the process until all hyungs have been completed. Note: Proctors should not add confusion and exhaustion by demanding additional calisthenics and endurance exercises during the hyungs segment.
* Favorite Hyung - Asking the student to choose their favorite hyung is another strategy. Of course this request comes after the other requirements have been completed. There are reasons a student may choose a particular hyung as their favorite and perhaps the important elements of spirit and intention can be found and experienced here.