Celebs share exam woes and pros!



“I only discovered the ‘Harry Potter’ series in my tenth standard. I dived right into it, often reading non-stop through the day and night. It was the morning after one such readathon when I was to appear for a Chemistry exam. Spending my night with the third edition of Harry Potter didn’t help much, and I fared poorly. My mother still believes that it was a tough paper or that I didn’t follow the subject!”

Sonam Kapoor (Bollywood Actress and daughter of Anil Kapoor)

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

 “If I were to take an undergraduate chemistry exam, I would probably fail.”

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (Structural biologist; Nobel Prize in Chemistry)

bill gates

“In ninth grade, I came up with a new form of rebellion. I hadn’t been getting good grades, but I decided to get all A’s without taking a book home. I didn’t go to math class, because I knew enough and had read ahead, and I placed within the top 10 people in the nation on an aptitude exam.”

Bill Gates Mastermind behind Windows, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer and inventor)

 Wilbur Smith


“You know that feeling when you finish a final exam and you think, ‘I never want to do that again’? Well I have the same feeling when I finish a novel. Each time I say, ‘I think I may retire now’ and then after six months the ideas start to churn again. I could never stop.”

Wilbur Smith (A notable novelist)


David Bailey

All I could do at school was paint and draw and that was the only time I ever passed any exam. It was the only thing I ever got right at school.

David Bailey (A successful fashion and portrait photographer)

Rebel Wilson

“All my family has very good mathematical abilities – like, so dorky. I was the dork then in school – on any maths exams I’d get 100%. I just knew how to do maths and most people would hate it, but for some reason it just came.”

Rebel Wilson (A Stand-up comedian, actress, writer and entrepreneur)

 Hugh Jackman

“I was probably more scared of my high school exams than I was of the Oscars. At the time you think it’s everything and if you don’t do well, your life’s over. Opportunities are gone. But! The more you do it, the less the fear is present.”

Hugh Jackman (An Australian actor, singer, and producer)

 Michio Kaku

“Some advice: keep the flame of curiosity and wonderment alive, even when studying for boring exams. That is the well from which we scientists draw our nourishment and energy. And also, learn the math!”

Michio Kaku (Futurist, theoretical physicist and popularizer of science)

 William Shawcross

“All I can say is, ‘Damn the exam!”

William Shawcross

(The Chairman of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and a British writer and commentator)

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Kanika Meadh (PGGCG-11)

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