I think that is indeed the purpose. Today I had exam, and I was told to bring so many tools. I ended up not using any of them since the teachers had provided them. So I guess they just wanted us to work hard in front.
Yes I should imagine it would be hard. I have not come to the point where I have had to suffer from this (and I never really will because I have never had my farther in my life) but if you are feeling sad at any point you can always shoot me a PM and I will have a chat with you and take your mind off it.