The Sound of 'Silence Please'
Over the years, numerous students have asked for the sound of an examination room. It’s hard to see why students would want this, as exams always have been associated with stress, headaches, and all-nighters. It may be difficult to understand how anyone could enjoy immersing themselves in such an unpleasant atmosphere at first glance, however, the answer is simple.
The sounds made by an exam hall full of students can be deafening, even if the room is supposedly quiet. The silence can only serve to amplify the myriad of sounds created by students writing their exams, even if none of them utter a single word. If you are used to studying in a very silent environment, such as your bedroom, it can be very hard to focus on your exam when it’s time to write the real thing. Some of the sounds can be very annoying, and once you’ve noticed them, concentrating on your exam can become very difficult, even if you have thoroughly prepared.
This soundscape has it all: the exam hall background noise plus all the annoying sounds, each associated with its own slider so you can produce your ideal (or worst-case scenario) examination ambience. Use it while studying, and you will be ready for the worst!
Special thanks to Matt Lebl, a Canadian student and fan of this site, for recording all close-up sounds on this one!
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♥ This is AWESOME! I'm studying for midterms right now and feeling extremely focused. :)
♥ This is super useful, as someone with ADHD who does not work well in silence, this has basically gotten me through Ap Lit.
♥ Played this to a few friends and they all agree it sounds eerily similar to our school auditorium in exams - definitely useful for trying to get used to the environment!
♥ This is pretty great and reminds me of all those times in exam halls and helps me concentrate.
♥ I'm really glad you made this. Background noises usually make me annoyed rather than consitrated but the sound of a classroom helps me get lost in my work.
♥ I pair this with Fireplace - gives the most comfy feeling. Like sitting in a Hogwarts library stuying for Alchemy class!
♥ I needed to take a practice exam to prepare, but my dorm can be very noisy. This was a great way to block out distractions and ready myself for the actual test environment.
♥ I had the idea about a site like this during my Literature exam today. Naughty; but I figured I need to get more used to exam distractions even though it's 'silent'. I thought it would be too ridiculous to be an actual thing. I come home, barely remembering it. Googled it and voila... it exists and it's bloody fantastic too. This is actually more effective than music at keep me focused. Bravo devs.
♥ Thank you for reminding me how much I actually loved this environment. I was never especially bad at tests, but I never liked them. But I have always liked the sound of people working quietly together, and I remember always feeling a sense of calm when I entered the room for an exam. I dunno, maybe it's that sense of 'well, this is it! Whatever will be will be" :)
♥ The quiet "I'm studying, you should too!" noise of a college library, but at home! The swish of page turning and the slight scratching of pens really help me concentrate, and with this generator, instead of the real deal, you can mute the coughs and sneeze :D
♥ Listening to this paired with the fireplace and rain noise is my personal dream atmosphere to study. There's just something about studying in a room full of focused students that is really relaxing. (Especially with the fireplace I can imagine myself sitting in on of the common rooms in Harry Potter.)
♥ The highest level in our library becomes a complete silent zone during exam time, and while I study best in the quiet, it's always lacking something. This noise generator fills that void and simulates the sound of everyone around me also furiously studying to get those lectures and notes down in time for exams!
♥ When I was studying for exams, I listened to this with Jungle Life to both expose myself to sounds that would be present during the exams and motivate myself with the thought that I'll be studying env sci. in Costa Rica next year. Like a desk in the rainforest! I do love the test environment - no more pressure once you're there, deeply focused atmosphere... I like the footsteps, writing, and pages.
♥ Is it weird that I just found out that I am interested in this kind of specific sound of this when you're in exam? I found this so calm yet disturbing too haha. But anyway, it's amazing!
♥ I love this. I listen to this lightly in the background while studying and while taking practice tests. This has helped my friends and I become more focused during actual tests. If you train this to be your silence, then it'll be a breeze during real exams. Also, I love page turning and pen writing, it's so soothing.
♥ I'm a journalism major who is currently writing for my college's newspaper, so whenever I'm having a hard time focusing on writing an article I always come back to this generator. All of it is just so calming - especially those scratching pencils! I love those to death. Thank you so much for this sound :)
♥ When it's reeeaaally hard to focus on writing my thesis, I come back to this generator. Unlike the other atmospheric ones, which all have a very present backgroung sound, those little individual and isolated human noises give an other "taste" to the silent, they make it more... silent. Like the water drop in a cave, with echo, but less annoying.
♥ I have ADHD and when I was in high school, I had really bad test anxiety. Before I managed to get the settings to something calming, I almost gave myself a panic attack. In case you're wondering what sensory overload is like during a test, turn the first 4 sliders up a bit, and crank the pen noises up high. The mild settings are pretty soothing though.
♥ A study by Grant et al in 1998 showed that those who learned in the same conditions that they were tested in performed better. It's called context dependent memory; this generator is great because it lets you learn in the sound environment you might be tested in and may even help you boost your grades! I know I'll definitely be using it.
♥ This generator is absolutely amazing for my ADHD. For some reason the only time I can ever concentrate without caffeine or medication is in a testing environment, which makes this perfect for studying or reading.
♥ I started university last year. We were 90 per class and this is exactly how the exams sounded like. I just missed a computer keyboard writing sound to feel like I'm in an IT test
♥ Speaking of ADHD - this sounds like what a supposedly quiet room feels like to me sometimes. Can't understand why we have trouble concentrating? This is what silence can sound like to us. (Very good gen though! Not half as distracting as the real thing.)
♥ This generator is the best one I've found so far because it's the most effective one for my ADHD! I really feel like I'm in class and it helps me focus a lot! Thank you so much.
♥ I'm one of those weirdos who enjoyed exams - not so much all the revision beforehand, but once I was in there, I found the exam hall atmosphere itself really calm and great for concentration. It's been years since I had to take one, but this is a pretty great representation of how I remember it!
♥ I suffer from test anxiety and it got to the point where I froze up and completely failed my math exam. Hopefully this can help me prepare for the exam environment.
♥ This couldn't have come at a better time -- I'm in the middle of a two-month-long study session to prepare for the physics GRE, and need to score well to get into my desired degree program. The more ready I can make myself for the day, the better, environment included. Brilliant!
♥ This is great for focusing! Whenever I hear other people writing/studying furiously it pushes me to do the same. Thanks!
♥ I enjoy this generator because it reminds me of college. Mix it with the cafe-restaurant generator, to get the sounds of a college cafe -- people in the distance are talking, but people close to you are studying hard.
♥ I have been searching long and hard for a audioscape that will maximize my productivity. I finally have found the ultimate soundscape. It was getting my bachelors in Homework Studies at America State University that my mind and body were in total harmony. "Examination Time" is a sound board that might as well be time traveling back to college as a rambunctious undergrad. Go State Doggies!
♥ That may be not so relaxing but very useful one. According to psychological researches it should help to prepare for future exams. Thanks a lot!
♥ Growing up where there are a lot of standardized tests each year changed my perspective on these kinds of sounds. Most of my memories of these noises come from after the test: when I'm no longer focused and have to wait silently for everyone else to finish the exam, sometimes for hours. Page turning and gentle writing can be soothing when you're trying not to worry about your results.
♥ Funny enough, I've been thinking about requesting a "Library Ambiance" generator, with sounds like writing, pages turning, and perhaps the sound of lights buzzing. This is pretty much what I've been wanting, thank you!