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What would students in your countries do for good luck before important exams?

Update: July, 03/2015 - 08:49

It's exam season in Viet Nam - high school students just finished their graduation exams.

Apart from the pressure to study hard for important exams, Vietnamese students often turn to luck to ensure success. There are certain things they should do and others they shouldn't. For example, they often go to pagodas to pray to the gods for their blessings, or to the Temple of Literature in Ha Noi to touch the stone turtles' heads there for luck. For the don'ts, they won't eat bananas or eggs, even if those are their favourites, for fear of failing the exams.

In your countries, do students have certain rituals or rules they follow for good luck before taking an important exam? What are they? What do you think about those practices?

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