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Is it the exams that cause the exam stress?





Is it not colleges/the government which expect such high grades or is it something else completely.
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It's the consequences of obtaining poor results in exams that causes exam stress. If there were no consequences, there would be no stress.

There is no stress in reading a book - but if your dream job relied on you memorising the minute details and recalling phrases word-for-word in a time-pressured environment where your competition is extremely intelligent and well-honed, then you will be stressed to some degree. No two ways about it.

The stress for me was, first and foremost, individual aspirations (wanting to have a chance of getting into high-quality universities and fear of underachieving), parental expectations, and peer pressure (high-achieving siblings and friends). Frankly I couldn't have cared less about government or college expectations.
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(Original post by Surf)
It's the consequences of obtaining poor results in exams that causes exam stress. If there were no consequences, there would be no stress.

There is no stress in reading a book - but if your dream job relied on you memorising the minute details and recalling phrases word-for-word in a time-pressured environment where your competition is extremely intelligent and well-honed, then you will be stressed to some degree. No two ways about it.

The stress for me was, first and foremost, individual aspirations (wanting to have a chance of getting into high-quality universities and fear of underachieving), parental expectations, and peer pressure (high-achieving siblings and friends). Frankly I couldn't have cared less about government or college expectations.
Yes exactly, we have had academic testing all through school, the difference (in particular with a-levels) is that not performing at the exact grade you want can mean being unable to do the career you want, having to move to a uni in a completely different area of the country, having to re-think life plans, social judgement, etc.
I also agree that I wasn't concerned about the government- just how the exams would affect my life plans and what I wanted to do next.
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Also to add, under those pressurized conditions, the amount of content to remember is very overwhelming, especially as it's harder to remember facts when stressed
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