Many students have been sitting their mock WACE exams and Academic Group manager Megan Bagworth said stressed parents had contacted the group, worried their children were about to ‘throw in the towel’ just before final exams.
‘Mock exams are used for schools as an indication of student success in their end of year WACE exams,’ Ms Bagworth said.
‘When students don’t perform as well as they expected in their mocks though, this can cause more concern than reassurance at this stressful time.
‘But mock exams can be the wake up call they need. It can show students their gaps in knowledge and where to focus revision.’
Ms Bagworth runs Academic Task Force and Academic Associates exam preparation at the Trinity Conference Centre at UWA.
‘In WA, the final WACE exams are now earlier in the year, starting in November. This means schools have students sit their mock exams sometimes less than one month before their WACE exams,’ she said.
She said students should know a bad mock result was not a disaster.