Mock Exams: Worth the Stress?

By Pablo Sandoval

ASW seniors finished their mock exams this year in the first week of March. This time was very stressful for them, since these exams may determine how they perform on their final exams at the end of the school year. Was the stress worth it? 

When asked if it was worth taking the mock exams, Markus K, a current senior says that it wasn’t worth it if you didn’t have to, but if you’re taking IB, you should use the mock exams as a tool to study. 

Contrary to Markus’s opinion, Zelda S, another senior, said, “It helps you with preparation. While it is stressful, it’s worth doing. While it’s difficult that the tests are in a single week, it’s good practice for finals.” 

Similarly to Zelda’s view, Patra P says that “I believe that the mock exams are worth taking as a Grade 12 student. They help you prepare yourself for the final exams and you experience the environment of how these exams work.”

According to Zelda, when preparing for the mocks it is essential not to procrastinate and use your time wisely. This means setting aside dedicated time to study and avoiding distractions that could hinder your progress. It’s also important, Zelda said, to follow a study strategy that works best for you. This could include creating a study schedule, breaking down the material into manageable chunks, or using mnemonic devices to help you remember key concepts. One effective strategy is to write out everything you learned in class again, as this can help reinforce the material in your memory. 

Mr. Welborn, an ASW DP teacher, said that mock exams “are worthwhile. Half of the challenge is knowing the material and being prepared to answer the questions on the exams. This part of the challenge could be accomplished on a regular in-class assessment. However, the other half of the challenge involves managing the psychological demands of the exam experience.”


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