The Night Before Examination

Hope the following before examination tips helps if you're taking your exam tomorrow.

1) Pack your bag.  Check and recheck that you have all the necessary stationary to sit for your exam.  Always remember to bring extra pens, pencils and that include a backup calculator if you are using one.  My son had a bad experience when his calculator suddenly decided not to work even though the battery was replaced and was working fine the night before.

2) Once in the exam room or hall, you will see if your revision which you have done has paid off.  If you have stuck to your revision schedule, you should find yourself feeling composed and confident, although of course some people will still be feeling nervous.  At this moment, focus your mind on the exam and avoid talking to anyone else or looking around.

3) Answering questions.  The exam questions may not be structured exactly as you would expect, but you must make sure you answer what is asked of you and not what you would like to be asked.  There is no point writing everything you know about a certain topic just to demonstrate the amount of knowledge you have learnt as you will be marked higher for using only the relevant information.

4) Write legibly.  Although your time is limited, you have to make sure your handwriting and presentation of information are clear.  Examiners cannot award marks for something they cannot read, no matter how good a point you make.

5) Answering questions.  When you are writing your answers and later checking what you have written, always check the clarity of your work.  The examiners do not have time to interpret any ambiguities in your work or fathom your intentions.  For instance, if you are referring to multiple sources in your answer, make sure you explain each clearly.

6) Do not panic.  If you find yourself agitated, fidgeting or hyperventilating on this important day, then put down your pen, close your eyes and relax for a few moments.  If is more productive to rest for a while and resume work in a calm and assured manner than to try to get some coherent thoughts down on paper whilst feeling wound up.

7) Half a mark is better than no mark.  Always ensure that you try to write something for every question in the exam.  It is better to attempt an answer and achieve a partial credit than to leave a blank space in the hope of making marks up on other questions.

8) Show your workings.  If you are doing math exam, make it absolutely clear to the examiner how you arrived at the answer.  For math, the right answer is often a small percentage of your mark and it is the working out that carries the most weighting.  

9) Hand in on time.  Nothing will rile an invigilator more than if they have to wrestle you for your exam paper, so try to make sure you really do put your pen down as soon as the allocated time is up.  You don't want to risk being penalised for failing to adhere to this rule.

10) its over.  Don't waste time mulling over what could have been.  If you have revised thoroughly, the chance is that your results will reflect.  It is either time to go out and celebrate in any way you deem appropriate or, if you have more exam, forget about the previous and concentrate on excelling in the next one.

Good luck to your exam and may you score well.

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