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Beating the exam jitters

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Approximately 48,000 grade six pupils across the island seeking placement in high schools are now in the final preparation stages for this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) on March 25 and March 26.

Exam jitters are usually normal during the days leading up to the exam not just for students, but also for many anxious parents seeking to ensure their children are adequately prepared for the event.

With this in mind, the Ministry of Education has issued the following tips to assist parents and children manage examination stress before and during the GSAT exams.

1. Parents should remain calm.

2. Parents are being encouraged to support, rather than pressure their children in light of the upcoming GSAT exam.

3. Parents should focus on positive words in the eventuality that the child has negative perceptions prior to the exam.

4. Parents or guardians should help GSAT students refocus if they have doubts

5. GSAT students should be well rested before the exam.

6. Parents or guardians should make plans for the child to have a nutritious breakfast and a snack during the two days of the exam

7. Parents should not hover around the students at the examination centres.

8. Students should listen to the instructions of the examiners and concentrate on their own work

9. Students are encouraged to be confident.

10. Students should ensure they have enough pencils with them at the exam