Anyone aspiring to achieve academic excellence and striving to give their best goes through exam stress. It is unavoidable and with all certain circumstances, using it constructively or otherwise is in our hands. First of all, the reasons for exam stress are to be analysed – peer pressure, high expectations from oneself or parents, lacking confidence or preparation are among the few. It is important not to let exam stress get the better of us, but use it as a step ladder to optimise our performance. There are ways to reduce exam stress and to channelise the energy we spend in stressing ourselves out.