Taking an exam can be a very scary and stressful situation, but it's something everyone is required to do from time to time. Getting good marks on the exams is crucial, as the exams will determine the type of university you attend and, if possible, the kind of job you can get. Knowing how to be a good candidate is very important, as it can decrease the time it takes you to prepare as well as your level of anxiety about the test in general.
Part 1 of 5: preview the event
Step 1. Read all of the test content before you start
When you receive the proof, read it carefully first. Pay attention to any other instructions the teacher gives in relation to the questions and make changes if necessary. Take note of any special notes written on the board.
Step 2. Read each question carefully (especially essay questions)
You shouldn't answer a question that isn't actually asked just because you haven't read it correctly.
If a test stresses you out, sometimes the best thing to do is to read the test very quickly and try to understand it as quickly as possible. However, this is when careless mistakes are made. Calm down, take your time, and read each question correctly
Step 3. Read all the questions before reading any excerpts
If you are required to read a long excerpt (several paragraphs), you should read the questions first before attempting to answer them. So as you read more, you will know what to look for.
Part 2 of 5: Take the test
Step 1. Make it easy for the teacher to mark your assignment
There is nothing worse than having a question marked as incorrect because the teacher could not read your handwriting. Remember that the latter has several copies to grade and the less time he will spend on yours, the happier he will be, which could be seen in his grading choices.
- For example, a copy on which the handwriting is really unreadable is likely to have a bad grade from a teacher who still has 74 more copies to grade.
- Likewise, use script writing, not plain writing. You should not have a question marked incorrect simply because the teacher cannot decipher your sloppy handwriting.
- Don't make your V's look like F's. Clearly write True or False.
Step 2. Show the intermediate results
You might get extra points if you answered all the questions correctly but made a stupid mistake right at the end. It is always better to have extra points rather than having nothing. So show your work to your teacher as you progress so he can see that you understand at least some topics.
This step is only useful for solving math problems on an exam
Step 3. Thoroughly review the proof
Follow a rhythm by underlining words you don't know and circling questions you are having trouble finding answers to. Never want to stop completely: you should always be writing, reading, or turning a page.
- The most important thing is not to be frustrated and just quit. You have very little time and for this you should not waste a moment.
- If you are having trouble solving a particular problem, move on to the next one! You can come back to it later. This way you will make the best use of your time to ensure that you have covered all the questions of the test.
Step 4. Remember the rule of three
The latter is a good rule of thumb to follow when writing an essay for an exam. It's usually best to discuss (or list) three things about the topic. Combine a lot of others and you'll get bogged down in more details. If there are fewer, you may be missing something important.
Step 5. Work strategically
It is important that you approach the event in a way that benefits you and saves you time. Don't just start the assignment hoping to finish it on time. If the test consists of the essay questions and the multiple-choice questions, proceed as follows.
- Read the essay questions first. Take notes, but don't answer them yet.
- Start by answering the multiple choice questions. In doing so, your brain will assimilate the information contained in these questions which will allow you to answer the essay questions. If necessary, write short notes that you can use in writing later.
- After you have answered all of the multiple-choice questions (and tick one box for each), then answer the essay questions, starting with the easiest ones.
Step 6. Intelligently answer multiple choice questions
When it comes to the latter, it is always better to guess than to leave the box blank. An unanswered question is automatically considered incorrect while a guess (especially a valid approximation) at least gives you the chance to get the correct answer. You can use the following tips to answer these types of questions.
- The longest answer is often the correct one, because it requires a language accessible to all to be unmistakably more correct than the wrong answers.
- The answers that contain words like never or always are almost all incorrect because most truths are not so absolute.
- Try to eliminate one or two answers that you think are definitely wrong. There is almost always one answer that is definitely incorrect, and then another or two that you will guess. Eliminating the wrong answers will greatly increase your chances of guessing the correct answer from the remaining choices.
- Pay attention to the answers that relate to the questions. Even randomly generated tests tend not to repeat answers often. So if you know that the answer to the first question is A and that the third question also has the same answer, it is highly unlikely that the second question will also have A as an answer.
Part 3 of 5: think strategically
Step 1. Pay attention to the marks awarded for the questions
All other things being equal, answer the questions that are worth more points first. This way you have the flexibility to answer any questions that are worth more points and that are important rather than wasting time on those that are worth less points.
Step 2. Be Meticulous
If you finish your assignment sooner, go over all of your answers carefully. Pay special attention to questions with underlined words. Do not stop working until the last ring of the bell.
If you finish earlier, you may not have answered all of the questions. Go back and make sure there are no other questions (on the back of the test), on the board, on the sheets you threw on the floor, etc
Step 3. Don't panic and give up
You might find half of the answers, but that could give you a passing grade and even a great GPA depending on the fit. If you stop trying, you will fail.
- Testing can be intimidating, but most of the time you know more than you think. Once you are there and start dealing with the ordeal, you will remember a lot of other things.
- If you have trouble answering a question, just move on to the next one and come back to it later. Wasting time on something you can't remember right now means that you won't be able to answer questions in time to which you no doubt know the answers.
- Also, as you progress, you will find clues on the test for unanswered questions, which will refresh your memory. Continue to process the test and come back to the parts with which you have difficulty at the end.
Step 4. Never cheat
You could get caught and have a zero or worse. Do not take notes on your body, in visible places (on the contrary, use the strategy previously mentioned in the second step). If you copy a wrong answer from a neighbor's, it won't take long for teachers to notice it. From that moment on, they will know you as the cheater.
Spend whatever effort you could put into cheating to do the best job possible, and honestly. If you fail, use the experience to motivate yourself on the next test
Step 5. Never talk to your classmates during an exam
It could mean that you won't focus and you won't get the grade you hope for. Also, if the teacher catches you speaking, he may give you a bad mark and you will not be able to retake the test.
- It is not when taking a test that you should talk to your friends. You should focus only on the duty that is in front of you. This will allow you to be more successful.
- Many teachers view the test as an opportunity to cheat, even if you don't discuss the test. So don't argue during an exam.
Part 4 of 5: Be proactive
Step 1. Pay attention in class
Teachers will often spend more time explaining certain topics that they really want you to understand. There are usually topics that will come out on the exam. Be sure to carefully study any concept the teacher has spent time teaching you in class.
- Also, if your teacher provides you with a review guide for the quiz, make sure you can answer all of the questions there.
- If your instructor has taken the time to provide you with a review guide, it means they want to assess you on these topics. This can be a great clue for you so that you know what to learn.
Step 2. If you need more help, ask your teacher for help
Ask your instructor to stay with you after class. If he has a chance, ask him to explain things that you are having difficulty understanding to you. This will greatly improve your grade!
- Teachers are mindful of students who make special efforts by asking for help or really trying, and this can affect their mark when marking. If you put in a lot of effort, but your teacher never sees it, it really doesn't help.
- Make sure your instructor sees how much effort you have put in seeking their help and talking to them about your difficulties.
Step 3. Use your short term memory
When studying before the test, take basic notes on what you are having trouble remembering. Just before the test begins, memorize these notes. In doing so, they will be assimilated by your immediate memory. When you receive the test in question, regurgitate (ie in writing) this information in the form of notes in the margin.
- For example, in most tests you are required to know different formulas, whether they relate to math, science, or other areas. If you need to learn more than one formula, memorize them right before the quiz, then write them in the margins as soon as you start the assignment.
- The formula for the area of a circle is A = πr² (with r representing the radius).
- Work it out in your short-term memory, then write it down automatically when you receive the test.
Part 5 of 5: Adopt good habits before the test
Step 1. Get your clothes ready before test day
If your exam starts early, it will help you wake up quickly. It will make you feel more professional and alert as you work on your test. Remember, you shouldn't feel uncomfortable. Arrange so that you are not distracted by a very hot or cold room.
Try to prepare the clothes you will wear on the day of the exam the night before. Choosing your clothes in advance will give you more time in the morning to concentrate on having a good breakfast and going through your notes again. You should spend the rest of the morning revising, not deciding what to wear
Step 2. Get a good night's sleep
Cramming into the wee hours to try and be sharp for the test is a really bad idea. It is important that you get adequate rest when taking an exam.
Lack of sleep can really affect your brain functions including memory, perception and the level of intellectual capacity, which is how you function. It is therefore important to get a good night's sleep the day before a test
Step 3. Eat a healthy meal ahead of time
Your brain works best when it has the nutrients it needs. Eat a good breakfast (or lunch, depending on the time of your exam) before taking the test. This will allow you to perform at your best when composing.
There are also certain foods that you should take before a test that are considered to be good for the brain. These include peppermint, bananas, and other superfoods
Step 4. Take the test well prepared
Bring everything you will need: a calculator, pens, erasers, pencils, etc. Don't expect others to attribute these effects to you. Your classmates or your teacher may not have the extra supplies all the time, and you should not be required to take a test without a necessary item.
Prepare your backpack the night before to make sure you have all the supplies you need. You shouldn't rush into the morning and accidentally forget something important
Step 5. Come early to choose the right seat for you
If you don't have a fixed place to sit, come to class earlier so you can choose a better one. You should sit away from windows, heaters, and other distractions such as a noisy hallway or another student whose behavior you know is disturbing. When you come to the composition room in time, you have to choose your seat.
- The answer to one question can sometimes be found in another by mistake. So pay attention to that and use that information.
- Do not abandon ! A common mistake is to tell you I don't know! when you cannot find the correct answer for 3 or 4 seconds. Take more time to reflect on these questions, or mark them down to address them later.
- Try not to be stressed and relax. Stay focused and follow these strategies.
- If you think you did well on your own, don't compare your grades to those of your classmates. You can help them by reviewing your respective assignments and giving them advice on their own mistakes. If possible, ask them about their answers.
- Use comparisons. These help you, during essay questions, to compare the subject of the question with a different subject or point of view. Thus, you go from a simple description to an evaluation.
- Always think carefully about the question. Thus, it will allow you to better understand the subject. If you don't succeed, eliminate the answers and guess the correct one from the rest. This will give you more chances. Never leave a question unanswered, otherwise it will automatically be considered wrong, but guessing will at least give you the chance to get the correct answer.
- Have a lucky charm (especially the one that has served you before). Bring it! You should use all the benefits you can!
- Don't stress yourself out about anything ahead of time or during the test. Avoid getting distracted by potentially emotional conversations, even if that means not picking up your phone.
- Don't let those around you time you! How long it takes someone else to actually finish their assignment has absolutely nothing to do with how they've done it or how you'll go about it. It will only distract you.