Ease Exam Stress with This Checklist!



When you are feeling stressed due to the examinations, it can be easy to forget important items that you will need such as essential stationery or even a jacket.


In addition to the instructions from the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB), we asked those around us to tap on their examination experience and share their advice. Here’s a checklist we have compiled, which we hope will help you to be more well-prepared and be at ease for the exams.


What to pack


Stationery and other essential items

  • 2B pencils to shade your answer sheet

  • Bring a few spare pencils and a sharpener in case of lead breakage

  • A soft eraser to allow you to erase your answer without damaging the answer sheet

  • Extra pens in case you run out of ink

  • Use blue/black ballpoint pens that do not smudge

  • For the O-level examinations, remember to bring your entry proof and NRIC / Foreign Identification Documents / Student Concession Pass

  • Approved printed/electronic dictionaries and scientific calculators

  • Bring spare batteries for electronic dictionaries

  • You may choose to bring a spare approved calculator or electronic dictionary as a back-up plan

  • Standard mathematical instruments such as rulers, protractors and set squares


Other items you may need

  • A jacket or sweater in case the exam hall is chilly

  • Packets of tissue paper if you are prone to sniffles or have rhinitis

  • A bottle of water to stay hydrated


Preparation the night before

  • Pack your bag to ensure you do not forget any essentials

  • Lay out your uniform to save precious time in the morning


Advice for the day before and on the day of your exams

  • Do not eat any food that might irritate your stomach. For example, avoid dairy products if you are lactose intolerance, or spicy food if your stomach tends to be sensitive

  • Get enough sleep the night before so that you can be at your best for your paper

  • Wear a watch if you prefer to use it to keep track of time; it will be handy also in the event you are unable to see the clock from where you are seated

  • Note that smart watches or fitness trackers will not be allowed at the PSLE or O-Level exams

  • Plan for sufficient travel time to reach the exam venue 30 minutes before the exam starts

  • In the event of a train disruption, do inform your school and seek assistance from the train station’s passenger service centre (more information here)


For the complete details on what to take note for your exams, please refer to the instructions from SEAB:


We hope this checklist will help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety you might feel. We wish you all the best for your exams!


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