I dream of taking exams. Unfortunately.

PUBLISHED: 16:17 12 February 2018

Is the solution for exam stress to take more of them?

Is the solution for exam stress to take more of them?


So sitting more exams is Nick Gibb’s dream solution to test jitters? More like a nightmare one, says Sharon Griffiths

Go on then, how many of you still have nightmares about sitting exams?

The silent hall, the incomprehensible question and the blank piece of paper and the even blanker mind. The panic mounts, you want to scream and then wake up and realise it’s all right, whatever you have to do today at least it’s not an exam.

We hear a lot about the stress today’s students suffer from their endless exams. But now Schools Minister Nick Gibb has a novel solution. He says children should sit far more exams so that by the time they get to GCSEs they’re a piece of cake.

Well, yes. From the age of six until 21 I spent my life doing exams – every term in primary and secondary school as well as the big ones – Eleven-Plus, O-Levels, A-levels, finals.

I could glide effortlessly into the routine. Read the question. Write on one side of the paper only. Show my workings out, Label my diagrams clearly. Compare and contrast. Quote my sources. I could do it in my sleep.

And that’s the trouble, I still do….

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