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    Bound to be loads of snowflake analysis on mental health.

    It cannot be any more stressful than when I did my O levels in the 80s. Or A Levels for that matter.

    And for my degree I did 15 exams in 2 and a half weeks.....

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      My youngest brother has just finished his A level exams, I don’t think the difficulty of them is the issue I think it’s more the volume. He was doing 4 A levels and had 15 exams in the space of 3 weeks. He said that he found that when he got about midway through he started to burn out abit. Exams are draining and I remeber from my days at school and college of being overly tired and stressed, I understand lots of people deal with pressure situations in life and exams can be seen as good practice for them, however I believe it would be much fairer on students if exams were to be spread over a longer period e.g 2 months rather than the increasingly intense short period we have now.
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      I did mine during 2002 World Cup and let me tell you that was torture !
      Why? Get up, have a few (totally legal) beverages, watch the football and then go do an exam...

      It worked for me.
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      my son finished his last Friday, and declared them pretty easy....

      He has been studying for 6 months... you prepare properly and you will do fine.

      There are a lot of exams it has to be said.
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      Just done my penultimate A-Level exam - the tests are challenging, but then again, that's how they should be
      Having said that, what really grinds my gears is when an exam board f*ck up a test (for instance, when the audio tapes for the Eduqas French exam were mixed up, rendering it near impossible to complete the exam on time). Here's hoping all the hard work pays off
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      I'm probably a weirdo, but found exams one of the most enjoyable parts of school.

      I also found most of them a damned sight easier than anything I've ever had to do for work.
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      This. Except they were O-Levels and over 35 years ago.
      Yup me too. The kids of today eh? Does make you wonder how they are going to cope out in the real world.
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      O levels 45 years ago....I never gave the timetable a second thought. My uni finals were intense, three 3h exams in a day and a half at one point, but because I had done all my coursework, and had revised systematically, I was ready, relaxed and did well. I actually enjoyed it.

      The most stressful exam I ever took was the eleven plus. The critical importance of going to HGSB where statistically 60% of the first year intake made it to uni, versus Mile Oak where there was no sixth form at the time, was very obvious to me. After that, exams got easier, owing to experience. Fancy that, eh?

      There were tears and what not at every level of study, from other students, in my experience, though. That is the law of the jungle, survival of the fittest; if we want a nation of nothing other than artisans with no qualifications, empoyed as 'sorcerer's apprectices' and eventual successors to their dad, sure, let's take the stress out of school and uni and allow everyone to graduate with a prize similar to the one Danny Baker gives to winners of the sausage sandwich game. If, on the other hand, we have an eye on a different prize, involving competition for limited opportunities and high rewards, it may be, how can I put this? Difficult.

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      Just done my penultimate A-Level exam - the tests are challenging, but then again, that's how they should be
      Having said that, what really grinds my gears is when an exam board f*ck up a test (for instance, when the audio tapes for the Eduqas French exam were mixed up, rendering it near impossible to complete the exam on time). Here's hoping all the hard work pays off
      Good luck! I'm sure come results day you'll be happy as Larry.

      Exams are a terrible way of testing people's intelligence. Always under completely unnatural conditions and in reality, a test of how people cope under pressure rather than a measure of the student's ability.

      What I would say is that they act as gates to the next stage of your life. Pass your A levels, and get onto the next thing (Uni/Job). As long as you were able to move forward nobody will care what grades you got in ANY job.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Beanstalk View Post
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      As long as you were able to move forward nobody will care what grades you got in ANY job.
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