My first exam of med school (biochemistry) was scheduled for 9/12/01. For obvious reasons, it got rescheduled. Sadly, this resulted in a major rift in my class that lasted for years.
The test was supposed to be rescheduled for the next week, but people in the class protested this. Because they were still sad. They wanted to wait two weeks, because apparently, it takes two whole weeks to get over a horrible tragedy. One week just isn't enough.
Let me just say that 9/11 affected me very personally. I'm from NYC and a friend of mine from high school died in the WTC. I can't think of that day without tearing up. So I entirely sympathize with feeling unable to take a test when this was going on. Yet...
It was ONE test. Out of dozens we'd be taking that year. I mean, so you can't concentrate that great. Is that really the end of the world? The doctors helping people injured in 9/11 were emotional and probably had a hard time concentrating, but they still did their jobs. I felt it was a little ridiculous to keep postponing this exam, especially since we had several other exams on the horizon.
I still remember we had this huge meeting with our entire class where we fought over when this exam would be. One guy was saying that he wanted to postpone the test till the week after Rosh Hashanah, because when he went to synagogue, he might hear about someone who died and not be able to concentrate. Again, this was ONE exam that wasn't even worth that much. There were four exams in biochem. I mean, who cares if you don't get the absolute best score you can? Just take the damn test.
Of course, maybe I'm not thinking like a future dermatologist.
I know it's cynical on my part, but I honestly believed that the requests to postpone the exam were just excuses to get more study time. And this cynical theory was completely supported a year later, when the EXACT same reaction occurred when a test was postponed due to a snowstorm.