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Examination advice

Before the exam

  • Check the time and place for the exam.
  • Do not cram at the last minute.
  • Put your equipment in a clear plastic bag the night before.
  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Eat before the exam but not junk food.
  • Avoid people who make you feel nervous.
  • Stay calm and confident. Breathe deeply.
  • Don't forget your equipment.
  • Be early for the exam.

In the exam

  • Stay calm. Relax. Stay focused.
  • Have confidence in yourself.
  • Answer the easy questions first.
  • Do not spend too long on each question. If you have extra time at the end return to the question.
  • Do not use twink, pencil or red pen.
  • Cross out mistakes with a single line.
  • Use diagrams to support your answer. Label clearly.
  • Read questions twice. Circle key terms.
  • Do not bulk up an answer. Keep to the point!
  • Proof read answers. Ask yourself – Have I written a complete answer? Have I answered the question that was asked?
  • Match the length of your answer to the space provided.
  • Watch out for plurals in questions. For example, 'Name features of graphs' means that you are required to write at least two features.
  • Label extra pages clearly and attach them to your exam booklet.

Revision basics
Blitzing exams
Exam stress
The DETER strategy for taking tests
Making an oral presentation
Answering assignment questions


Good luck. You can do it!


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