If you have read our previous post on preparing for an exam then you will know that a lot of work goes in to making sure that you are ready for your big exam. So with so much effort under your belt, it would seem silly to fall at the final hurdle.
Let us show you some of the key exam day techniques to help you to get even closer to your goals.
After a good night’s sleep you should be up and ready to head to your local exam centre. You will want to leave home with plenty of time and ensure that you have planned your route out.
You will not be allowed in to the exam if you are late and if you get there just in time then you are more likely to feel flustered and stressed as you enter the room.
You should also make sure you have all the right equipment with you in order to complete the exam and always, always take a spare pen or two.
Give yourself up a timetable
When the time comes to opening those papers there is a good chance you are going to feel some panic about what you may find. Just keep calm and work out in your head a timetable of how long to give each question (although this may already be set out for you).
You should try to plan in 10 minutes at the end of the test for proof-reading.
Reading through the questions
Make sure that you read each and every question accurately, take the time to make sure you understand each point as candidates are more likely to lose marks simply because they haven’t read the questions properly. Read each one twice, three times if you have to.
Underline or mark anything that you feel is important in the question and ensure that you can see what is meant by each phrase or point.
There is a good chance that at some point in the exam you are going to draw a blank. When this happens, just take a deep breath, compose yourself and think back to all that revision, it will soon come back to you.
Remember, exams are supposed to test you, otherwise they wouldn’t be exams, so don’t worry if you have to really think about the answer.
If you are really struggling, then try answering all the questions that you are sure of. This will not only give your brain a rest but also boost your confidence as it shows you everything you do know.
Answering the questions
Always make it clear which question you are answering, you should also use correct and up to date terminology, after all this is professional exam. The examiner who marks your answers will not assume anything, so make sure you make every point you know clearly.
Also, don’t forget to use your best handwriting, if the examiner cannot understand what you have written then they won’t be able to mark it for you.
Plan each answer before you put it on the paper and make sure that you are understanding what is being asked of you.
Check and check again
As we have already said, try to leave yourself around 10 minutes towards the end of the exam to check over your work.
During this time, you should:
- Make sure you have answered all the questions
- Ensure that you have answered questions as precisely and thoroughly as you can
- Make sure that you have outlined your workings out if it is a maths questions
- Check that you have used all the relevant terminology
Once you have done all this you should have a completed test in front of you. Try to relax and not worry about what you have written. Now is the time just to wait for your results and see whether or not you have qualified.