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Pre-exam preparation

Pre-exam preparationThere are a few simple things you can work through before and during your exams. Being prepared and calm in advance will greatly increase your chances of success on the day.

Ask your teacher about the paper

  • How long is the paper?
  • How many questions are there?
  • Do I have to answer all the questions? If not how many do I have to do?
  • How long should I spend on each part of the paper?
  • Is the mark scheme known?
  • Do I answer the questions on the exam paper or on ordinary paper?
  • Do I have to write in pen?
  • What do I need to bring to the exam (ruler, protractor, rubber, etc.)

You will also need to ask a teacher or head of year about your exam timetable. Once you have this, make sure you know where each exam is to be held.

On the day of the exam

  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Have a reasonable amount to eat.
  • Wear something comfortable.
  • Make sure you have everything you need with you, including a few working pens and a sharpened pencil.
  • Go to the lavatory and wash your hands.
  • Don’t get into conversations about exams just before the start. Trust your knowledge.

During the exam

  • Deliberately put down your pen and read through the whole of the paper including the back page.
  • Read each question slowly and carefully. Underline key words.
  • Think before you write and make sure you answer the question which is actually set, not the one you were hoping for.
  • Keep an eye on the clock.
  • Make sure you have five minutes at the end to read through your answers carefully.

After the exam

  • Don’t spend time going over the answers with your friends. It really does not help.
  • Relax!

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