Coping with assessment stress

Lots of people can experience stress when preparing for and sitting exams. Here is some information and links to resources to help you before and during the registration assessment.

What to do when it all becomes too much

We all feel stressed from time to time, however, for some people the pressure of sitting the assessment and the anticipation of results becomes too much. Stress can have a profound effect on someone’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. It can cause them to feel anxious, out of control and unable to cope.  

If this sounds like how you’re feeling right now, we have lots of info and tips on how to cope with stress and anxiety on our Wardley Wellbeing Hub.  

Looking after your mind and body is also really important when preparing for your assessment, it will help you to function better during revision before the exam. 

Reaching out to others can reassure you and offer guidance in the run up to the assessment. You can watch this video from Pharmacist Support on top tips and techniques to overcome stress and read some tips and support on the assessment from a pharmacist who specialises in supporting students. 

Study time 

It’s important to set aside time to dedicated study and revision. You may have felt that your training left you with little time to study. If this is the case then once your placement is complete, you will have more time to organise a revision timetable

Revision sites 

If you feel lost or don’t know where to begin, there are a number of revision sites that can help trainees to prepare. Many of these sites offer free trials which can help you to decide which best fits your revision needs. Here are some suggestions to get you started:- 

Exam nerves 

Exam stress can affect trainees in a variety of ways. If you think that exam stress may negatively impact your performance, you could consider learning a coping technique, for example, mindfulness. According to the NHS, studies have found that mindfulness programmes, can bring about reductions in stress and improvements in mood.  

  • For further information on mindfulness, see our page on Mindfulness
  • For further information on coping with stress, see our Help with Stress guidance
  • For further information on coping with anxiety, see our Help with Anxiety guidance

You will also find further resources including self-learning modules and posters to support you in these areas on the Wardley Wellbeing Hub 

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Help with stress

This page explores how we can understand stress and recognise our own personal warning signs, and ways we can deal with stress to help lead happier and more fulfilling lives.


Most people experience feelings of anxiety at some points in their life and is not uncommon. This page provides information about anxiety and where you can find support.


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