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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t be Stressed About Exams

Stress is not something that you can let control your life. It can shake your confidence and affect your performance.

Stress and anxiety are something that we face in our everyday life, however, it only becomes worse when we have our exams. With every passing day stress levels keep skyrocketing, with us realizing how less time we have to actually study.

Dr. Subhrangsu Aditya, from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, says “anxiety before tests or any other crisis in life arises out of apprehension or imagined fear of negative consequences.” He stresses that positive thinking is the key to handling anxiety.

Here we have given a self- assessment of the Exam Anxiety Test where you can test your stress level. This test has been developed by P.Niest and M.Diehl (1990) to determine whether a student experience a mild or severe case of test anxiety

Test your Stress

Fill in the blanks with never (1), rarely (2), sometimes (3), often (4), or always (5) as applicable.

  1. I have visible signs of nervousness such as sweaty palms, shaky hands, and so on right before a test. ______
  2. I have butterflies in my stomach before a test. _______
  3. I feel nauseated before a test. ______
  4. I read through the test and feel that I do not know any of the answers. ________
  5. I panic before and during a test. ______
  6. My mind goes blank during a test. _______
  7. I remember the information that I blanked once I get out of the test situation. _____
  8. I have trouble sleeping the night before a test. _____
  9. I make mistakes on easy questions or put answers in the wrong places. ______
  10. I have trouble choosing answers. ________


After filling in the numbers as per the above instruction, now you have to add those numbers and you will get a total. Now as per the total sum of the numbers you can check the level of anxiety you are experiencing and then work on it.

                 10-19 – You do not suffer from test anxiety.

                 20-35 – The level of stress is probably healthy.

                 Over 35 – You are experiencing an unhealthy level of Anxiety.

Many of you might have your examinations, and stress is one thing you really cannot let go, no matter how hard you try. But you must try to as these are the ways it can impact your performance.

Making silly mistakes - Stress can cause problems with attention and that will make you make more mistakes - mistakes that can be easily avoided when you try being calm and relaxed. 

The problem in recollecting answers - If you feel stressed, it has a negative impact on your memory too which will lead to forgetfulness, confusion, and difficulty in concentrating.

Slowing down of writing speed - Sometimes stress leads to nervousness and that results in sweaty palms or shaky hands. This will impact your writing speed, making it slow which will affect your exam performance.

Losing confidence - High level of stress is correlated to low self-esteem. As you feel more stressed, you will end up losing your confidence and that will doubt everything you write. Confidence is the key to writing exams. 

Stress and Anxiety are not something that you can let control your life especially at the time of exams, so find a way to manage the stress and ultimately your exams will go smoother.

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Things to think about the night before exam

The night before the exam is indeed very stressful. However, we want to say "Don't stress, Do your best, Forget the rest"
Snigdha Teentalkindia Counsellor

There are certain things in life that make all of us anxious, and the night before any exam is one of them.

Our Teentalk Experts are sharing some thoughts on it. Here are a few things that you can do to deal with it-

Wisely using time for revision

You should keep in mind that you have limited time to go through all the information, so use that time wisely to remember what you’ve read. You can do it in different ways – you can go through all your notes once again, recall the syllabus topic by topic and to the point, review with a friend to make sure neither of you left out something important.

Don’t revise a lot

Revision is important before the exam night, but don’t do that again and again. Because your brain also stops working under tremendous pressure, and it may cause you anxiety, so, better you sleep on it than revising multiple times. Close the book, put down the pen and just try to relax. It is important to let the knowledge cement itself in your brain by not thinking about it much.

Visualizing successful performances

Spend time imagining some positive experiences might help you to boost confidence. Picturing yourself doing well in the exams can reduce anxiety too. This practice will help you enhance your mood in the evening before the exam.

Focus on yourself

First thing first, you should focus on yourself and not compare it with others. Sometimes, students and parents often make this mistake before or after the exams by comparing it with other friends to make it way more competitive. And unknowingly this leads to put the students under unwanted pressure; hence, it decreases their confidence level. Reminding themselves of what they can do will help them feel more confident in their ability to perform better.

See the exam as a challenge and not as a threat

If you see the exam as a threat, then you will obviously be scared about that and lose your confidence which will affect your results. Rather than that if you can think about it as a challenge then you will feel motivated and less stressed and ultimately you can do well in the exams.

Fuel yourself properly

There goes a saying that if our stomach is fulfilled then our brain also works properly. Therefore the night before the exam, it is very important to have a healthy and nutritious meal which will help to fuel your brain. Also, there are lots of brain food studies that can guide you to choose foods that help in remembering facts.

Get a good night’s sleep

The increase in stress caused by focusing on “what if it goes wrong” will hinder the sleep quality the night before the exam. The good amount of quality sleep cycle in the night has an effective impact on exam performance. It helps the students in improving the memory and concentration for the next day.

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