Not a crushing defeat either, though. I got my first test back in my current (and last!) master's course. I expected a low A, I got a high B--89%. I'm more disappointed in that than perhaps I should be, but I'll let this serve as a motivator not to slack off.
I've been getting up every morning for the past few weeks and studying 15-20 min for my cumulative test, which I take in April. Talk about high stakes--if I score well enough, I get my master's degree. If I don't score well enough, I don't.