Making the most of Exam Day

TesttakingstudentWith all the hard work behind you, exam day is your chance to show everything that you have learnt during your course. It is natural to feel nervous, but with good preparation you can feel confident of doing your best.

Before you leave home, make sure you have all the correct equipment – and spares of everything that could break or run out. The items that you are allowed are printed on the front of your exam paper and you can see past papers to double check whether you are allowed things such as a calculator. A pen, pencil, rubber and ruler are the minimum; add a protractor, compasses and calculator, for example, in maths and science.

If you have had a chance to visit your exam centre before exam day then you will know where to go, but don’t worry if not. You will be given a place to sit the exam that will be appropriately supervised and as free from distractions as is possible. There will also be a clock so you can keep an eye on the time. Many papers award approximately one mark for each minute of the exam. Make sure you know how many marks are available in your exam before you start so that you can judge the time; allow some checking time at the end.

If you have any questions, do not be afraid to ask the invigilators. They know the rules of the exam room and will be able to help you with whatever you need.

When writing your answers, make sure you keep within the borders of the exam paper. Many papers are scanned into a computer for online marking; if you write outside the border then your work may not be seen by an exam marker.  If you go wrong in a question and run out of space, don’t worry; put the answer at the end or on a spare sheet (ask the invigilator if you are unsure). The most important thing is to make it very clear in the original space for the question that the answer is elsewhere on the paper so that the marker can locate it.

Hopefully you will have a little time left over at the end of the exam to check your answers. When you do this, make sure you re-read the question as well as reading through your answer. Many mistakes are made through students not reading a question correctly. If your exam involves calculations, check you have correctly copied any numbers given to you in the question onto your answer sheet, as well as re-doing the calculation.

Finally, good luck with your exams!



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