Last year, millions of students across the globe were affected after exams were cancelled. In the US, standardised tests were put on pause; GCSEs and A Levels were cancelled; more than 200,000 students planning to take the International Baccalaureate submitted coursework instead.

As a result, exams look a little different this year. Any students who were due to take GCSEs and A levels will be marked by teacher assessment instead. Are these changes here to stay?

Some people think they should be. In many countries with a high focus on exams, such as Singapore, India, and the UK, there are worries about undue stress.

Meanwhile, Finnish schools put little emphasis on exams. Teachers set little homework and there is only one standardised exam. Despite this, the education system routinely scores in the world’s top ten.

Whatever your opinion, exams and tests are a part of life, providing necessary qualifications for jobs, colleges and university. Exam stress is normal, but it is important to manage it.

If you are revising for exams this summer, make sure to take regular breaks and get lots of sleep. Taking these measures can reduce stress and help you perform your best. What other tips would you add to the list?

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Do you worry a lot about exams? In this video, exam survivors give some tips for dealing with the stress of revision and exam anxiety.


  1. Take this quiz to find out your learning style. Read some of the advice on the website and make a list of revision techniques that would be most useful for you.
  2. If you are preparing for exams, create a revision timetable which shows when you have exams or coursework due this year, and how much time you should spend preparing for them.
  3. Inspire yourself through your revision by creating a poster with your goals. They could be anything from plans for celebrating after exams, to pictures of a university you’d like to go to. Have it near you while you work.