"Pressure paramounted when I was impeded from attending the final examinations of the second semester"

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    It is a perfectly good adjective, but using it as a verb sounds strange to the native speaker's ear (see Ngram); and is unlikely to convey clear meaning. Maybe pressure mounted or reached its maximum or zenith. – Brian Donovan Jan 24 '16 at 20:23
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    Perhaps "Pressure was exacerbated as/when ...". – Graffito Jan 24 '16 at 20:27
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    @Abdullah Lizu "Pressure was at its peak/highest as I..." – Elian Jan 24 '16 at 20:31
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    If "paramount" were a verb, then I think it would probably mean "reached its maximum", as @BrianDonovan suggested. If that's the meaning you want, then "peaked" seems an appropriate option. – Andreas Blass Jan 25 '16 at 1:49

The only citation for paramount as a verb in the OED is dated 1699 (obsolete and rare!) ... (http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/137536?isAdvanced=false&result=2&rskey=7cqC57&)

Depending on the sense you want you could use build, intensify or become intolerable:

Pressure built / intensified / became intolerable when I was impeded from attending the final examinations of the second semester.

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  • “The pressure became intolerable” is much better. But I still don’t like “I was impeded from.” How? Why? Who impeded you? Why not tell the story instead of describing the result in an academic way? If it was due to illness, for example, then I would suggest “The pressure became intolerable when illness prevented me from attending the final examinations of the second semester.” – Simon White Jan 24 '16 at 23:17
  • @SimonWhite - I agree. But the OP asks only about paramount. – Dan Jan 24 '16 at 23:58

As @Dan explained, paramount is not used as a verb. And a lot of good suggestions have been offered to replace it. My 2 cents is the noun pressure is a good choice, but the noun stress works better in your context which means:

A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances:

Your example:

I was under great (or tremendous, unbearable or intolerable) stress when I couldn't attend the final examinations of the second semester.

Using the adjective great is far more popular than using tremendous, unbearable or intolerable. Also, you could consider replacing was under great stress with felt stressed out.

Using Stress increased exponentially, sharply or dramatically when... or Stress became unbearable when..., etc is another option if you want to use stress as a subject.

As Simon White commented to Dan's answer, was impeded is not idiomatic especially when it is used without by an agent at the end of the sentence.

[Oxford Online Dictionary, Ngram Viewer]

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