There are 252 days to go until the first Higher School Certificate (HSC) exam and yet the stress is already mounting for Orange's year 12 students.
The Central Western Daily interviewed 17 students from five high schools about how they were coping with the stress and many thought they might buckle under the pressure.
Kinross Wolaroi School student Erin Smith said she would focus her energy on assessments because they counted for 50 per cent of the overall HSC results.
"If I stuff those up then I am never going to get those marks back," she said.
Canobolas Rural Technology High School student Sam Bennett said she wanted to study as hard as she could to get the marks she needed to become a kindergarten teacher.
She planned to spend hours staying back after school every day revising, summarising and completing her assignments.
Find out how Year 12 students from other schools in Orange are coping, in tomorrow’s Central Western Daily.