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How to Pass Exams

on 2008-11-08, 03:20
Although students are different the world over, they have one thing in common. They HAVE EXAMS! Good students have been known to fail simply because couldn't cope with anxiety caused by their exams.

It is difficult for students to do their best if they are too tense or nervous. Too much anxiety caused unnecessary errors and a loss of valuable exam points. Psychologists suggest that students should always have a good night's sleep before the exam and that they try to remain relaxed as possible while working through the questions.

Here are a few points for you to consider while you are preparing for your exam. Put a tick (√) in the box if you already follow the instruction given. If you have more than nine ticks, your exam techniques are good.


1. Write legibly. If the examiner cannot read your answers, you will receive no marks.

2. Read through each question carefully before you begin your answer.

3. Always try to answer the "questions asked". Do not add unrelated information

4. Unless the question specifically asks alternative answers, only put down "ONE" answer. If two answers are entered as alternatives and one is incorrect or misspell, then "NO" points are awarded for the answer.

5. Pay attention to spelling mistakes.

6. Before completing any gap-filling exercises, read through the entire paragraph to get the general meaning of the passage. Then, start at the beginning again and write down your answers.

7. If you have difficulty in thinking of the vocabulary for a gap-filling exercise look at the words surrounding the gap and try to work out what part of speech is needed.

8. When writing compositions, it is very important that you time yourself accurately. Allocate your time according to the nature of the composition and keep to that time rigorously. If necessary write down the starting time for each composition on your note paper and keep a time check on yourself. There is nothing worse than discovering that you've only got 5 minutes in which to finish your last composition.

9. In completing multiple choice questions, cover up the distracters (answers) and look at the questions. Try to answer the questions and then uncover the distractors and see if your answer corresponds to any of them. If not, eliminate the answers that are obviously wrong and make your selections from among those that are remaining. Often it is best to trust your first choice.

10. When writing a précis or a summary it is useful to use two different coloured pens to underline the different arguments. Then, when writing the summaries refer to the different colours to help you in extracting the different points.

11. Revise the forms for formal and informal letter-writing. Learn the correct positions of dates, addresses and opening and closing sentences.

12. Try to remain relaxed and confident. Allow enough time to check through your paper.

13. I hope that you aren't superstitious. Best of luck!
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