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10 things you know if you took exams in the 1980s.

Byline: JOANNE WELFORD @JoanneWelford

AHH, school exams. We've all been there at some point, sitting nervously in the hall waiting for the instruction to turn the paper over to see whether the topics we actually had revised would come up.

The rigid rows of desks, being given an exam candidate number, the ticking of the clock, the silence, apart from the sounds of pens and pencils scribbling away at the answers.

Some of us, as parents, are going through it all again with our offspring who are - or maybe aren't(?!) - currently spending their waking moments trying to cram as much information as they can into their teenage brains.

If their efforts have you harking back to the end of your school days, here are 10 things you'd know if you did your exams in the 80s - whether you took O Levels, CSEs or from 1988, GCSEs.

| The World Cup was always on smack in the middle of exam season. 1986 in Mexico, the 'hand of God', Gary Lineker and his golden boot. All we know is, staying up for the late night matches was not the best prep for revising students.

Ditto Italia 90. |Neighbours was required viewing every lunchtime, as well as the repeat at tea time regardless of revision. Nobody wanted to miss Scott, Charlene, plain Jane the superbrain, Bouncer and Mrs Mangel.

| The charts were required listening - even if you were at school. They were announced live on Radio 1 on Tuesday lunchtimes until 1987, when the time switched to a Sunday evening. | If you were in the first group of students sitting the new GCSE exam in summer 1988, you'd have owed nothing to Bros, got by with a little help from Wet Wet Wet, hummed along to Glenn Medeiros' Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You or joined Yazz and the Plastic Population on The Only Way Is Up.

| Young 'uns take note here. There was no such thing as the internet or social media. You would have relied on your school exercise books for revision or, if your parents bought you one, a Letts revision guide from WH Smith. If you wanted to ask a mate for revision help you had to either go knock on their door or ring them up from the family phone, usually in the hallway of your house where everybody could hear the entire conversation.

| Required exam equipment was a clear pencil case for pens and pencils, a ruler, compass and electronic calculator for the maths papers. Anyone allowed to sit a lucky gonk on their desk? Didn't think so.

|You always got those people who claimed they hadn't done anywhere near enough revision but you knew they'd been secretly holed up poring over their books since March.

|Your French oral exam was tape recorded by the examining teacher on a huge machine with two reels before being parcelled up and posted off to the exam board for marking.

|You left school before the exams started, under the guise that you would spend the time revising.

|Leaving day was marked by getting your school shirt signed by everyone in the class and then dashing home to get ready for the school disco which took place in the school hall and was patrolled by teachers on the look out for anyone trying to sneak in anything alcoholic under their Kappa or Nike jacket.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 29, 2017
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