Developing good exam techniques can help you improve your marks and feel more confident in the exam.
On the day of your exam/s
- Make sure you get up in plenty of time and eat a filling, healthy breakfast - it’s important to be alert and not distracted by a rumbling stomach!
- Make sure you know exactly where and when your exam is taking place
- Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and get to the exam. Make sure you’re on time as you could be disqualified for lateness
When you get into the exam:
- Listen carefully to the instructions given by the exam invigilator
- Check to make sure that you have the right exam paper in front of you
- Read all of the instructions thoroughly. If it says answer only 3 questions then don’t answer more - the extra answers won’t be marked
- Plan your time carefully, don’t be tempted to spend too much time on the question you find easiest. Some papers show the marks for each answer, use this as a guide as to how much you need to put down in your answer
- Make sure you understand the questions before you start to answer them
- Keep an eye on the time and make sure you leave enough time for double checking your answers
- Take care with spelling and writing - you can lose marks for carelessness
- If you start to feel panicky during the exam try taking a few deep, calming (but quiet) breaths