The 8 Stages of Writing a Final Exam

Remember that one elective you have that you definitely haven’t been keeping up with? That exam is gonna be an interesting one…

Pre-Exam Anxiety: the panic of “I definitely didn’t study enough for this!”

Shock: initial paralysis at hearing the bad news

Denial: trying to avoid the inevitable

Anger: frustrated outpouring of bottled-up emotion


Bargaining: seeking in vain a way out – ie. calculating the highest possible grade you can get

Depression: final realization of the inevitable

Testing: seeking realistic solutions – ie. the sudden urge to pray


Acceptance: finally finding the way forward – ie. promising yourself that you’ll study more next semester when you may or may not have to retake the class


Adopted from the Modified Kubler-Ross Model of the 7 Stages of Grief: