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Exam preparation checklist
The night before:
- Check the right time and place of this exam.
- Check you’ve got the equipment you need – pens, pencils, calculator, water etc
- Determine what to wear. Wear layers just in case the exam room is hot or cold.
- Ensure you have your Student ID card!
- Set an alarm and that means you have sufficient time each morning.
- Eat well and obtain enough sleep if you can.
On the day:
- Eat a good breakfast.
- Check you have all you need for the exam before leaving home.
- Get to the exam room in good time.
- Get some good fresh air on just how if at all possible.
- Turn your phone off and place it in your bag as instructed by the invigilator.
- Take water into the exam room.
When you look at the exam room:
- Check again that you have all that’s necessary. For those who have forgotten something important, inform the invigilator.
- Place your watch in your bag as instructed by the invigilator.
- Check you might be comfortable.
- When you have any problems let the invigilator know immediately.
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Answering MCQ exams is quite different to exams that are essay-based. Often the marks are evenly weighted for all the relevant questions; however, some will need you longer than others to answer.
- Read the instructions carefully.
- Read through all of the relevant questions quickly. Answer all the ones you definitely know first and leave the hard ones until last.
- Make an effort to think of the answer before you look in the choices.
Imagine if my mind goes blank mid-answer?
Re-read everything you have written thus far and appearance at your plan. If this won’t help, simply leave a gap. You will probably recall the information that is missing you relax towards the end associated with the exam. Then go back to your answer and finish it.
Let’s say i am running out of time?
Remain calm. Have a look at what number of questions you’ve got left to answer and work out how much time you need to expend on each question. You will probably gain the absolute most marks if you attempt all of the answers in place of spending all the time on a few questions and missing some out altogether. So you can return to the question later if you have time if you have lots of ideas and are reluctant to leave an unfinished question, write them down in pencil.
Advice from an examiner
The tips below may seem obvious, but reading them beforehand will enable you to remember them while you are into the exam room.
Browse the instructions
Ensure you are clear on how many questions you need to answer. If questions are split into sub-questions, check whether you have to answer one of many sub-questions or most of them. Always check the back of the paper for further questions.
Read all of the questions carefully
Read through all the questions before carefully deciding regarding the combination that is best. Be sure you know very well what the relevant real question is asking you. Underline the key term or phrases.
Plan your own time
Plan the right time you are able to spend on each question and allow time for checking at the conclusion of the exam.
Check the marks
Check how marks that are many designed for each question. If the number that is same of is designed for each question, make certain you allocate roughly the same period of time every single one.
Plan each answer
Plan each answer on a rough-working page before writing it for the examiners. This will help you to structure your answer.
Note through the examiner: Most students believe they get the most marks for correct facts. To your contrary, the logic, clarity and organisation of the work are at least as important as the content.
Answer the question
Make certain you answer the relevant question that is on the paper and never usually the one you hoped would be there!
Note from the examiner: the fault that is commonest any written work is a failure to keep to the point and answer fully the question. You need to assess what is relevant when you write an examination answer. So what does the relevant question ask?
Your handwriting is essential. Take the time to make certain that it really is legible.
Note from the examiner: If you know your handwriting is difficult for others to learn, train you to ultimately write more clearly. If writing is really unclear that the words need to be puzzled out one after another, it really is hard to put the separate words together within one’s mind and grasp the overall meaning.
Name the key thinkers/experts
Whenever you discuss ideas/techniques connected with specific individuals, mention their name. When possible, give an indication associated with book or article title.
Where relevant, illustrate theory with concrete examples.
Note through the examiner: If there is a ‘stock example’ which the textbooks or perhaps the lectures always quote, you will need to give a different example. This indicates that you have understood that presssing issue good enough to determine an example on your own. It is more impressive than simply memorising the stock example.
Use all of the time
You really need to try to complete your answers well before the end of the exam and employ the time that is extra check your answers and correct any mistakes.