I have taken my TOEFL test in 9th Nov 2008 in Grameen Star Education Center, Dhaka. In the test day, there was no power supply for 3 hours. After the power failure at around 12:30PM, the test takers had to stay in the test center in an inhuman condition without any food, water, light or fresh air until 3:30PM. Even after restoring the power condition, the network administrators needed two more hours to configure the network and to make the computers prepared for the test. The test ultimately started again at around 5:30PM.
After the 12:30 power failure, only the computer that I was using remained on because it was using the same power line that the network-equipments were using. Therefore, I had to continue the tests overlooking the huge background noises made by the people who were not being able to take the test. I was struggling to concentrate on the reading passage and to take note in the listening section. I had to take notes only by using the light coming from the monitor. Even after these, I was continuing to wade through the difficulties. However, at around 2:30PM, this backup power also depleted. At that very moment, I was speaking the answer of speaking task 3.
After restoring the power condition and network difficulties, they told me to sit in another location. I began to take the test. But when the test started this time, the test software did not ask for any kind of microphone testing because I was already in the middle of the speaking test. After starting to speak for the test, it seemed to me that the voice is not being recorded. Because, this time, I was not being able to hear my own voice through the earpiece as it was happening in the previous workstation. I complained the matter to the administrator in the room; however, since he was busy with preparing other computers for the test, he turned a deaf ear to me. Therefore, I had to continue the test in that situation without being confirmed whether my speeches were being recorded or not.
That’s all about my bad luck in TOEFL test