Do you find tests stressful?


28th April 2017

When we feel under pressure or threatened, it can sometimes cause us to feel “stressed”. When this happens, your brain produces hormones that make your heart beat faster, raise your blood pressure and provide extra energy.

We’re all different and will find different things stressful, but common causes of stress can include big changes like moving school, family issues or pressures at school like tests.

According to a survey of teachers, children as young as six can feel stressed about exams and tests. Dr Fiona Pienaar is a children’s mental health expert from the charity Place2Be that works in schools. In next week’s First News (on sale Friday 5 May) Dr Pienaar explains more about stress and offers some advice on how to avoid getting too stressed about exams – so make sure you pick up a copy!

Do you find tests stressful?

Do you find tests stressful?


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owly · 4 years ago

I DO NOT get stressed with tests, as I love them (honestly) !!!!!! Ok, I'm trying not to boast or anything, but last time I got 94 out of 100

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

I don't find tests that stressful. In fact, I rather enjoy them. It's a change from normal schoolwork and I think they're fun. Although I will agree that GCSEs will be terrifying.

norensanz · 4 years ago

i do ( 1st one to comment)

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shpee · 4 years ago

Not really.

ninja- · 4 years ago

yes soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much it is so stressful you can'T even whisper to classmates! MAKE TESTS LESS STRESSFULL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kawaii101 · 4 years ago

Yes! Tests are very stressful due to the fact that you must study very hard to get into a good school and that in the actual exam the questions are much harder than you thought and that will make you panic a bit which then allows stress to enter your body and take control over your mind.

tdh123 · 4 years ago

I don't find tests stressful because I have done a lot of tests and am used to the pressure.

jaffacat · 4 years ago

sometimes i find them stressfull with all the revision.

catonclan · 4 years ago

They are very stressful but it is ok to be stressed

Wavybluexo · 4 years ago

Even though I said yes sometimes I would say no. I think they are because even when the word test is mentioned people then panic????????

radishes10 · 4 years ago

As long as you are prepared for them and are given plenty of time to revise, then no .

tillster · 4 years ago

Whenever I have tests I feel really stressed because I want to do well, and don't want to fail. Teachers put loads of pressure on you because they give you revision, then when it's the test your mind goes blank.

Sashgirl06 · 4 years ago

Generally, it tends to depend on what kind of test it is and how well I know the subject but usually, I find tests can be quite stressful.

guoguo · 4 years ago

I couldn't vote because it depends on what situation you are in

Smile122 · 4 years ago

I get worried a few days before the test but during I'm okay.?

anjana · 4 years ago

Teachers say that they are not trying to put us under pressure but there an ounce in their behaviour

anjana · 4 years ago

Teachers say that they are not trying to put us under pressure but there is an ounce in their behaviour that says "you have to get full marks!!!"

being in year 6 or doing your GCSE'S or whatever is what you've got to admit is stressful.

anjana · 4 years ago

When you go into that test room it's like everything is depending on you but when you get the results and you look at your test papers you feel so angry that you got an answer you knew wrong, I know I certainly will. the thing is once you have got your results and its all over you feel like that wasn't bad after all.

So my advice is there is no point in getting stressed for a test when after Its over you think "wait was that all, was that really it !?"

ajmarks · 4 years ago

Not stressful, just boring.

unicorn21 · 4 years ago

Tests are sometimes quite stressful for me. I don't do well under pressure so I get kind of freaked out about them sometimes!?

1isme · 4 years ago

Tests are actually quite fun.

Alto · 4 years ago

I personally don't get particularly stressed by tests, however many of my friends do and i definitely think that primary school children should not be tested as much. The new SATs are way harder than they should be and just make children really stressed unnecessarily.

labrador24 · 4 years ago

Exams for me are not that stressful but it can make me nervous as the exam dates get closer

nvcwgrrl · 4 years ago

I think it depends on the age really and whether or not you prepare well. If you do prepare well then it can be nerve wracking but great to test your learning and see how far you've gotten.

schwab1 · 4 years ago

ye I'm doing sats

shpee · 4 years ago

I don't really find tests that stressful.

unicornmag · 4 years ago

i often get high in the test but sometimes parents and teachers just put me under pressure for no reason!

schwab1 · 4 years ago

well really I do not find them stressful but boring...
however I still find them a bit stressful...

jennia · 4 years ago

I do not find tests stressful because I always revise before hand. It is also important that you enjoy doing the things you love and not to over work yourself!

nickmoo · 4 years ago

I think that as you go up your school the exams get more stressful as the exams get more important

brain · 4 years ago

Yes but i try to keep cool (not working)

LeoCOOL · 4 years ago

It has been quite stressful revising for the SATs, but I think I'll do OK!

snibbles · 4 years ago

Not at all

(because I usually do really well on them)

snibbles · 4 years ago

and the SATs aren't actually that hard

Jewab99 · 4 years ago

I'm not sure, I'm doing a test next week but I'm not that stressed.

moco2 · 4 years ago

I'm normally quite smart, but in tests I forget everything all my friends get way better results.

bean0811 · 4 years ago

I find them stressful because teachers put too much pressure on you to do well, and you end up not reaching your full potential simply because the teachers have put so much pressure on you to study and revise.

ZENCE40 · 4 years ago

At the moment at school, because we are preparing for our 11+ entrance exam, I am quite used to doing tests, so I do not find them stressful. Although, tests that are important, like 11+ exams, GCSE's and A Levels must be stressful.

pandaqueen · 4 years ago

I have got SATS on 8/05/2017. I am soooooooo nervous ?.

lilyentwiz · 4 years ago

i think if you stay calm tests are not stressful. ;)

3v0charl · 4 years ago

I don't really think that they are too stressful

NOKANEEN · 4 years ago

definitely not stressful

pingu4 · 4 years ago

I love tests! (especially sats)

mrcocopops · 4 years ago

No well I'm not to keen on the revision but otherwise, i love them (really i do) I'm only in year 5!

jasjb · 4 years ago

yes sometimes

dameduck · 4 years ago

Personally I don't think that tests are stressful. For me, it depends on the subject.?

kiwikiddo · 4 years ago

I find tests stressful because they put pressure on you that mostly comes from the teachers, who also stress about examinations due to the governments high standards. I believe they should be done in more calm and relaxed environments- perhaps, after having completed the tests, you could be allowed to sit on a beanbag or comfy seat in the corner of the room and be allowed to read or draw to relax yourself.

raz123 · 4 years ago

I find tests a bit stressful but sorry to mention this, has any of your schools banned fidget spinners because mine has.

anjana · 4 years ago

it was our Sats test today and to be honest it wasn't that hard but to be on the safe side i am still practicing for tommorow's exam, SPAG which seems quite okay to me but you'll never know but it is stressful. but i think my revision time is paying off.

jelliegirl · 4 years ago

I think tests are so much easier than lessons and we shouldn't feel stressed because we have already learnt the things that come up in the test.

prongsii · 4 years ago

tests r stressful but that is only when it is for a subject u 100 percent do not want to study. if it is anything else, then who cares???? it will help u get your way in life.

prongsii · 4 years ago

ummmmm...... i am doing my sats and i got an A in a GCSE higher level edexel paper

ezbez56 · 4 years ago

i feel like my life depends on my result

ponysunite · 4 years ago

yes i always get stressed before a test it worries me about what score i get

simmie09 · 4 years ago

YES tests are very stressful sometimes i panic ecspcially when your parents receive your report

Etonmess54 · 4 years ago

Actually I don't feel stressed about tests because I'm well prepared by my school. But whenever you say the word 'test' or 'assessment' or 'exam' to someone they automatically freak out. ??

isabelho · 4 years ago

I'm Year 5 so I have to have papers I have to do everyday. Those papers I do well in but when I have tests at school I do really badly.

Elizapoppy · 4 years ago

I do get stressed slightly over test but not really. I think that you should not have to revise for tests and you don't get warned about them weeks in advance because that makes it more stressful-I don't really get revising because if you need to revise it shows that you haven't learnt it properly because most children end up learning things instead of going over them which is not what it's for.

popchip4 · 4 years ago

#tests r stressful

mrpiggy · 4 years ago

I don't get stressed with tests but because people in my class get really stressed so my teacher has taken to calling them 'Quizzes'

happykid11 · 4 years ago

Yes, yes, yes, yes!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who wouldn't! Even if they got 50/50 in their mock SPAG!(Me!!!)

Ivyluna · 4 years ago

I don't suffer from stress personally, and I definitely didn't in SATs because we did so many practices that it just felt like another one

sophette · 4 years ago

No!!!Tests are just seeing what level you're at. ??

sophette · 4 years ago

Apart maybe from SATs

lala8 · 4 years ago

I have GCSEs in 2 years, so those will obviously be stressful as they are important, but I think people make too big of a deal about SATS/summer exams.

seadolphin · 4 years ago

They are stressful for me because I don't think I will do as well as I want to. · 4 years ago

It depends on how people around me act

gracie777 · 4 years ago

Although I am not doing important tests I still worry a bit

coolguy · 4 years ago

Yes they are very stressful

brebbelion · 4 years ago

It can sometimes be stressful for me. But the SATs they were another level of stressful

ashpokemon · 4 years ago

just relax and revise on your exam so you won't get stress

amynatalie · 4 years ago

I only find tests stressful when you are not prepared for them

Karen06 · 4 years ago

I don't normally find tests that stressful as I practise them like every day (not to boast) but I agree sometimes it can be really stressful!!!

sunglasses · 4 years ago

When I did SATS I surprised myself as I was the only person in my class who wasn't stressed.


ttdot26 · 4 years ago

Not unless your dad forces you to get full marks

akurapaty · 4 years ago

I usually dont mind them, but when its really important I either panic or give up on hope

nutellaxxx · 4 years ago

To the people that said no , you must be really smart and lucky .

pratham25 · 4 years ago

nope :D

pratham25 · 4 years ago


dorito · 4 years ago

entrance exams and 11+ are stressful
school tests are a breeze

annitdm15 · 4 years ago

Stress is a sign of anxiety.If you're doing a test soon,just relax and focus on educational and fun stuff,otherwise you're going to drive yourself mad like a bull.

oceangirl · 4 years ago

I love tests so I don't find them stressful ?

mastermiss · 4 years ago

They ARE DEFINITELY stressful

tolu · 4 years ago

i love tests not trying to boast but last time i got 94 out of 100.
Like Owly.

tolu · 4 years ago

I DO NOT get stressed with tests, as I love them (honestly) !!!!!! Ok, I'm trying not to boast or anything, but last time I got 94 out of 100. Like Owly.

tolu · 4 years ago

I LOVE TESTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?????????

gavriella · 4 years ago

I find tests very stressfull because you are under pressure to da well .Examples of stressfull tests are SAT's,entrance exams,GCSE,a levels.Though ,there are waus to overcome stress.

yum_kitty9 · 4 years ago

I'm in the middle but I voted yes. Most tests are pretty easy for me because I'm an excellent student (not to brag) but it still has a lot of pressure on the side- for obvious reasons. Like 11+ tests determine if you go to good secondary schools,which basically sets up your future, so, yeah.

zeushades8 · 4 years ago

No cUz I am supEr smArt

bingaling · 4 years ago

I don't get stressed out by tests but I feel as if this is mainly because of how my parents and teachers support me throughout the process. The best thing to do is have a positive mindset and think that you can achieve it because then you find you are calming down and just go into the test and think "You know what? I can do this test - there was no need for me to worry". At the end of the test also just think to yourself that you aced it and that you COULD do it.

gavriella · 4 years ago

The thought of tests stresses me, but really tests are not stressful.

amberspell · 4 years ago

No I'm fine with tests, probably because I'm cleverest in my year anyway. I LOVE TESTS!!!!!Don't get me wrong. I'm a nerd and last test I got 108 out of 110!!!

sootysweep · 3 years ago

I find tests soooooooo stressful.

herbology · 3 years ago

Tests are stressful, depending on what subject they are if it's a subject your good at then it's not to stressful. If it's a subject your really bad at then it's VERY stressful. I think they should just be more relaxed. ?

katkid10 · 1 year ago

I love tests but sometimes they are a bit stressful.

katkid10 · 9 months ago

I love tests, only paper ones though.