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Taking Exams
Taking Exams

Learn English meaning of ‘Taking Exams’

Date: May 14 2021

Themes: How To, School

Grammar: Simple Present Tense


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Are tests easy for you, or do exams make you freak out? Some people have no problem taking and passing tests. They are able to go to an exam without feeling nervous, and they stay calm during the test. They push through the difficult parts and excel. Sometimes, people like this don’t even need to study. They can ace their tests with very little practice.

On the other hand, most people feel nervous before a test. The most difficult tests are final exams. Many people psych themselves out before a big test. They think about it too much and become more nervous. Feeling this way might give them sweaty palms. This is normal for many people, but it isn’t fun. Some people even feel sick before big tests. They might breathe too much and hyperventilate.

Jessica is nervous about her final exams, but Romeo is calm. Learn his secret in today’s English lesson about taking exams.


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Romeo:  Jessica, are you ready for your final?

Jessica:  No! I am absolutely not ready for my final exams. I just feel so much pressure to ace it, and I don’t know… I’m starting to freak out. How are you doing?

Romeo:  I’m ready. I’m just going to push through that fear of failure. I think the best thing to do when you’re in a situation like that… you’re getting ready to take your exam… is to just focus on that drive to succeed.

Jessica:  Well, you always excel when it comes to test taking.

Romeo:  Thank you. Thank you.

Jessica:  I psych myself out. I get sweaty palms. I start to hyperventilate. I need some advice. Maybe, you can sit down, and we can do some practice exams.

Romeo:  We can do that.

Jessica:  You can help me relax into it a bit, so I actually ace it.

Romeo:  OK, let’s do it!

Jessica:  Alright. Thanks!

Romeo:  You’re welcome.


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Jessica and Romeo are preparing for their final exams. Romeo is ready. He has studied, and he feels good about taking his tests. He is a little bit afraid of failing, but he has a great drive to succeed. He is trying to push through his fears, so he can focus on acing his tests.

Jessica is not ready for her finals, however. She becomes extremely nervous before tests. She experiences bad physical reactions, such as having sweaty palms or hyperventilating. She even has a psychological reaction and begins to doubt herself. Jessica asks Romeo to help her relax into her exams, so she can feel better about her finals.

How do you feel before a big test? Do you freak out, or do you stay calm?



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Exactly it is.I feel very nervous before the tests.Why? I don’t know.Maybe, I am thinking If I won’t pass the exam, I won’t pass the class.

09:03 AM May 15 2021 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Actually the same happened to me when i was in high school but in university sometimes i take it easy…and nowadays that i;ve been studying for MA exam i have a drive to succeed and GOD willing push through my disapointmets and focus on my goal as a good English translator and ace it though psyche myself out.

plz pray for me to excel the MA test.

thank u.

06:03 PM Jan 23 2016 |



Dominican Republic

I don’t have any problem with exams. I never freak out before a test. Normally I don’t study too much before an exam but when I’m taking classes or learning something I try to be really focused on it, I try to understand everything, I ask to my teacher A LOT, if is necessary. That’s why I Normally don’t be afraid about an exam.

I feel relax before my exam because I think: “If I pass this exam it will be fantastic but if I fail it will be good too, that means that I didn’t learn enough about my classes and the test show me exactly what should I study.

Normally I get good grades I think it is because of my positive thinking :D

02:25 AM Jan 21 2016 |


WordsmithSuper Member!

United States

I freak out before a test if I haven’t studied. Also, my emotions depend on how important the test is. I don’t worry about small tests, but finals always freak me out. 

08:39 PM Jan 20 2016 |


United States

Talking exams were a nighmare for me , even though , I studied  it very hard . I was extremely nervous before tests . Now , I am getting older , I am more calm on everythings because I realized that stablizing my  mind , fear won’t be born ! 

03:46 PM Jan 20 2016 |

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I’m kind of person when there is exam or test i am able to push through fears and nerves emotionally .
The thing is that if I haven’t studied enough I get sweaty palms because I psych self out to get good mark .
Generally , when there is a test or exam something is appearing inside brain as motivation if someone has it no doubt to excel it .
Most people achieve their goals by hard study and then it’s unacceptable to get sweaty palms , nerves and things like that . In order , they are push through all fears manner to pass their test or exam .

03:33 AM Jan 20 2016 |

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