Hi Brandy and KRVRN, thanks for your replies!
You are both right of course, that for our group to get a chance to practice on these dummies would be unfair to the others, and since our class is starting out with such great camaraderie, I wouldn't want to spoil that.
That said, many of the students I talked to who took the test are pretty upset, but most chalk it up as the first of many situations they will have to get used to.
KRVRN, in regards to what you said about the instructors wondering why so many failed, that's exactly what I was thinking earlier. I wonder if there was some sort of error on the part of the dummies? But then again, I'm pretty confident that the people in charge are competent and would have checked something like that. But you are correct in that they would "never admit it."
In answer to your question about how we learned, yep..we learned on actual people. No one was even aware of "Mr. Hand" (I'm assuming it's just an arm from people's descriptions.)
There has been no explanation, as far as I'm aware, as to why they chose to use the dummy when we had all practiced on real people, and I do think it's unfair that we weren't given at least one
shot at using this tool. I don't understand that, especially since the sounds are obviously so different from those of real people.
I'm hoping that if the majority of our group fails as well, someone in charge will decide to allow us to do bp's on each other, or at the very least allow us all extra time with the dummy.
Anyway, thanks for listening to me vent!