How to keep cool, calm and collected at exam time

soramsey —  7 June 2013 — 10 Comments

by ACCA student Hafeez Adeboye

There’s a lot of pressure when it comes to sitting exams. All your hard work in the run-up to the exams is compressed into three hours where you try to prove to the examiners that you know what you’re talking about. This could tip your emotions over the edge, especially if you are not adequately prepared. Remember, the importance of study is not the acquisition of facts, but learning how to apply the facts.

My three steps to adequate preparation are practise, practise and practise. Practise past exam papers in simulated exam conditions, continuously. This is my ‘silver bullet’ to achieving confidence during the exams and by extension, exam success.

Feel confident on the day of the exam by doing the following:
1. Check your route to the exam centre the day before and plan your journey adequately.
2. Go to bed early the night before the exam to ensure you have a good night’s sleep.
3. Wake up early and be at the venue before the exam starts.
4. Check that you have your proof of identification.
5. Keep an extra calculator and an extra black ink ball point pen (only a black ink pen is allowed for writing in the ACCA exams).

Whilst some of the topics in a number of the exams can be relatively predictable, there will always be surprises that can crop up. But one thing you should definitely do during the exam is to remain cool, calm and collected.

My final piece of advice is to those sitting ACCA exams is visit the qualification resources on the ACCA website and read the pages for your respective paper(s) for a whole range of resources.


10 responses to How to keep cool, calm and collected at exam time


    Although i know this is true i just can’t seem to get my nerves under control. I felt like i was about to get an anxiety attack when i saw some questions that was not in my favor.

      hafeezadeboye 22 June 2013 at 9:13 am

      What you should remember is, if a question is not in your favor, there is hardly anything you could do to turn it in your favor, so why panic? Just identify the ones you are best prepared for and maximize.


    Thanks, your right my brother. God bless you.


    easier said than done ooo my brother, when the invigilator tells u that u have 30mins to go and u still battling. can you nerves be calm?

      hafeezadeboye 22 June 2013 at 9:30 am

      I believe it is all in a reality check. If there is 30 minutes to go, there is 30 minutes to go. Realizing there is nothing you can do is a reality check. Then you can talk to your nerves, say nerves “no need for anxieties, just keep calm”. After about a minute conversation with your nerves, sit upright, take a deep breath and identify the questions you can best answer at that point and maximize.


    am not sure about the fact that only black ink pens are allowed. i thought only black in on the page where we fill details. and inside you can use any pen ? of cause not red or green.



    Are you sure you an ACCA student?


    Hi hafeez am just coming on board d acca……culd u plz tell me where i can find d best tutorial institute,i’d realy appricate it tnx

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