“Managing the excitement before YKS is vital”

Counseling Specialist Elif Aluç Gülşen said, “With the thought of the exam, which will become more concrete with the announcement of the exam saloons, the excited waiting will be replaced by anxiety. Therefore, it is very important for students to manage this process well” and added “50 percent of the success to be achieved in YKS will be achieved by studying and 50 percent by managing the pre and post exam period.”

“Managing the excitement before YKS is vital”

There are only a few days left for the Higher Education Institutions Exam (YKS), which more than two and a half million students will take. YKS, which is awaited with excitement and stress by families as well as students who will take the exam, will take place on June 26-27. The exam to be held consists of three sessions, the sessions are as follows:
The first session of the exam is Basic Proficiency Test (TYT) on Saturday, June 26 at 10.15, the second session is Field Proficiency Test (AYT) on Sunday, June 27 at 10.15, and the third session is Foreign Language Test (YDT) on Sunday, June 27 at 15.45.


Stating that students should continue to solve practice exams during this period when the subject studies are completed, from Istanbul Gelisim University Counselling Specialist Elif Aluç Gülşen said, “It is important to start the practice exams at the time the exam will take place and to end it during the actual exam period, both in terms of setting the biological clock and in terms of establishing the exam idea. It is useful not to worry about the mistakes in the questions in the practice exams, because it should be taken into account that the students have time to complete their deficiencies, since the real exam has not yet taken place.”


Stating that there may sometimes be concerns about the exam, Gülşen used the following statements:
“Instead of worrying about what will happen after the exam, keep in mind the way you've come so far. Think about how much progress you have achieved, how much effort you put in. Stay away from discussions where negative ideas about the exam are produced, such conversations will not benefit you and it is likely to increase your level of anxiety. What you actually need to focus is that you will get the reward of your long-term work and this marathon will come to a good end after the exam. This feeling of relaxation will motivate you.”


Emphasizing that it is important to create a routine about what to do on the exam day, Gülşen said, "It is important to go to sleep at a certain time and wake up at a certain time, to have your breakfast at a certain time and to start solving the test at the actual exam time in order to rehearse the exam day."


Stating that continuing to work hard will cause you to be tired for the exam, Gülşen said, “Being worried that you cannot finish your studies will also increase your level of anxiety. For this reason, you should spend the last two days resting and getting motivated. Since your body will be sensitive during this period, take care to eat your meals at home for the last two days in order not to cause food poisoning. “Stay away from intense sports and pranks as any injury since injury will reduce your motivation.”


Indicating that it is normal to experience excitement when the exam starts, Gülşen said, “You may not understand the first questions even though you read them. Immediately put down the pen and paper, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Reassure yourself that you will succeed. Your exam excitement will not continue until the end of the exam. Being aware of this, spend the first minutes of the exam starting with the test you are the best at. This will save you time as well as allow you to get more points in a short time. Read all of the questions carefully, don't memorize them. Long questions are questions that students are biased towards. Don't be afraid of long questions, they're usually well-explained questions. When you are distracted, rest your mind by closing your eyes for 10-15 seconds."

Edited date: 10.06.2021
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