If you have an exam to take when you haven't studied, you may have serious concerns about your ability to pass it. Taking the time to study long before taking an exam is the best strategy for success, but it is still possible to pass a test without studying. You just need to apply some good techniques such as reading the papers carefully, answering easy questions first, and using special techniques to tackle multiple choice and true or false questions. It is also very important to rest and eat well before going to the examination room and especially to be relaxed!
Method 1 of 5: Read and understand the test
Step 1. Listen carefully to the teacher's instructions
Before you start reading the test, lift your head and look ahead (or where your teacher is) and listen to their instructions. Pay special attention to the guidelines he insists on. He may repeat many times and even write some points on the board. If he says something that you think is useful or that could help you be successful, write it down.
- For example, if he says that there is no penalty if we do not know an answer, then know that you will have to answer all the questions asked on the test.
- Do not hesitate to ask questions if he says something that you do not fully understand. It will most certainly give you the opportunity to ask your questions, take advantage of it, but if not, just raise your hand!
Step 2. Read the entire proof
Read it from cover to cover at least once, if not several times, before answering the questions. Reading the entire test is essential because it will allow you to familiarize yourself with the information in the document, start thinking about how to answer certain questions, and spot those that you find difficult or that you cannot understand. Read the entire test content at least once, and remember to write down anything that comes to your mind as you read it.
For example, if you come across a question whose wording does not seem clear to you, take note of it and ask your teacher to shed some light on your lantern
Step 3. Determine the amount of time to spend on each question
Depending on the time allotted to you to take the exam and the number of questions asked, you will likely have to stick to a tight time limit. Don't spend too much time thinking about how much time you need to spend on each question. Just do a quick little guess.
- For example, if the test has 50 multiple-choice questions and you only have 75 minutes to go through them all, decide to spend about 1.5 minutes on each question.
- Allow more time for essay questions. For example, if you only have 60 minutes to answer 30 multiple-choice and two essay questions, spend 1 minute on each multiple-choice question and spend approximately 15 minutes on each essay question.
Step 4. Write down anything you fear you might forget
Before you start answering the questions, write down any information you might need to answer certain questions that you are afraid you will forget when the time comes.
For example, write down the mathematical formulas you will need. If there is information and other details you would like to include in the answer to an essay question, make a note of it. Also, be sure to write down the dates of significant events mentioned in the multiple choice questions
Method 2 of 5: Answer difficult questions during the exam
Step 1. Start by answering the easiest questions
Skip those that seem ambiguous to you. First answer the questions you know the answers to and skip the rest. You will come back to that later. This will give you the momentum and confidence to tackle the more difficult parts. By doing this, you will also maximize your chances of succeeding and getting as many points as possible.
- For example, if you know for sure the answers to some questions, answer those questions first before tackling the ones you don't know.
- Only start dealing with the questions you skipped after you have answered the ones you know.
Step 2. Answer the tough questions
If there is no sanction for a wrong answer, just guess the answers to these questions. If you are faced with a question whose answer you totally ignore, guess it. However, make sure there is no penalty for incorrect answers. If so, just avoid answering. It is better to have zero than less points.
A penalty means that you will have points less for each time you give an incorrect answer. For example, if you will have less points for a wrong answer, but you will only get a zero mark if you leave the box blank, leave it blank. Do not deal with the matter
Step 3. Circle the keywords
Use your pen to circle the keywords in the difficult questions. If you come across a question that you don't know the answer to, increase your chances of solving it by circling the keywords. Circle the words that are important to you and see if that helps you better understand and answer the question.
For example, if you are asked the following question: "What is the main difference between meiosis and mitosis", the keywords are "mitosis", "meiosis" and "difference". Focus on these terms to find the correct answer
Step 4. Rephrase difficult questions your way
If you stumble upon a question whose wording seems difficult to understand, try to rephrase it in your own way and in your own words. This will allow you to see more clearly and answer them in the best possible way.
For example, if the question asked is: "what is the greatest invention of Louis Pasteur which also bears his name", rephrase the question as follows: "what is the most important thing that Louis Pasteur invented and which bears his name? ? "
Step 5. Review your answers
Add more details if you have time. After answering the questions, you may still have some time left. If so, go through all of the exam questions and revise your answers. Pay special attention to answers you weren't sure about or questions you only answered briefly. Provide more details and detail your answers as much as possible.
Depending on how much time you have left, you may only be able to review a few questions. For example, if you finish 10 minutes before the end of the composition time, you will have time to quickly read your entire assignment. However, if you only have two minutes left, you should use that time to review only the answers to questions you are not sure about
Method 3 of 5: Approaching multiple choice questions
Step 1. Choose the most detailed answer
If you are faced with a multiple choice question, choose the longest and most precise answer. This is often the correct answer.
- For example, if some options are short and vague, and one of the options is longer and more detailed, the longer answer is usually the correct one.
- Sometimes long and very detailed answers are deliberately inserted into the assignment to make you believe it is the best answer. So use common sense to find the one that best fits the question.
Step 2. Observe the linguistic similarities
See if the questions and answers have any linguistic similarities. The correct answer is usually grammatically correct when read at the same time as the question or it is worded in the same way as the question. Read the question and then each of the answers to find the one that seems correct.
- For example, if the question is in the past tense and only one of the answers is formulated with the same time, it is quite possible that it is the correct one.
- Also, if the question is formulated with certain terms that appear in only one answer, it is obvious that it is the right one.
Step 3. Choose the number in the middle of the options
If you are looking for the correct number or digit, choose the one in the middle of the series of choices offered.
For example, if the possible answer choices are 1, 3, 12, and 26, it is best to choose answer 12 because it is roughly halfway between 1 and 26
Step 4. Choose between C and B
If you don't know which proposition to take, choose either of these two letters. If you have any doubts, choose either C or B for several test questions. In exams, the C answer is usually the most common when it comes to multiple choice questions. B is often the second choice to make when you can't choose C. Choose C if you don't know which answer to take. Go for B if C seems incorrect to you.
For example, if you come across a question to which you don't know the answer, choose proposition C. However, if you are sure that C is wrong, but you cannot determine which of the other propositions is correct, choose B
Step 5. Choose the option “all of the above”
However, if: “none of the above” is part of the suggested response, avoid going with that. Very rarely is this the correct answer, but the proposition: "all of the above" is often correct. Using this rule will help you narrow down your choices if you are unsure of the answer to a question.
For example, if you ignore the answer to a question and “all of the above” are among the available options, choose it. If: “none of the above” is among the propositions, first eliminate this option and focus on the others
Method 4 of 5: Choose the correct answer to "true or false" questions
Step 1. Choose "false"
Do this if the statement has absolute qualifiers. Statements that have absolute terms are very rarely true, so choose “false” when you are faced with such statements. Absolute qualifiers include words like:
Step 2. Choose "true"
Check this box if you are faced with a statement containing less categorical terms. If a statement contains non-radical terms and seems more logical, it is quite possible that it is "true". Less categorical terms are:
- a lot;
- a few;
Step 3. Choose “false” if any part of the statement is false
It doesn't matter whether the entire statement or a single word or phrase is wrong. If part of the sentence is not correct, choose the proposition “false”.
For example, if the statement is mostly true except for one word, then it is false
Step 4. Pay attention to certain words
Pay particular attention to terms that may change the meaning of the statement. Some words change the meaning of sentences. So it's important to pay close attention to them and think about how they affect the sentence. One word is enough to transform a statement into "true" or "false". Here are a few words to consider:
- that is why;
- can not;
- do not go;
Method 5 of 5: Get in good mental health before the exam
Step 1. Get a good night's sleep
Get enough rest, this will increase your chances of succeeding, even if you haven't studied! You'll have a clearer mind and be less likely to make small mistakes caused by fatigue. Go to bed early enough the day before your exam.
For example, if you usually go to bed at 10 p.m., make an effort to be in bed by that time
Step 2. Eat breakfast on the day of the exam
It is bad to take an exam on an empty stomach. It will be more difficult to concentrate if your stomach is growling. So eat a good breakfast in the morning before the exam to fuel your brain and stay focused. There are plenty of examples of great breakfasts you can take.
- A bowl of oatmeal topped with nuts, fresh berries and a little brown sugar.
- A hard-boiled egg, two slices of whole wheat bread spread with butter and a banana.
- Cottage cheese, fruit salad and bran muffins.
Step 3. Use a relaxation technique to calm yourself down
Stressing before and during an exam won't do you any good. You will feel very cold and start to panic, which will very negatively affect your ability to be successful. Before taking the exam, relax and regain your composure by practicing a relaxation technique. Only then will you get better results. Here are some techniques you can apply:
- do yoga;
- breathe deeply;
- do progressive muscle relaxation exercises.
Step 4. Imagine passing the exam
Positive visualization will help increase your chances of success and help reduce your anxiety. Before you begin to cover the topic, close your eyes and imagine yourself receiving the test results and passing. Concentrate on this vision for at least a few minutes.
The more detailed your representation, the better! Concentrate on how the note will look on paper. Focus on your teacher's reaction and how you will feel after getting such a grade
Step 5. Avoid cramming
Ideally, you could study for several weeks or even months before the exam, but things don't always turn out the way you want them to. If you intended to study but weren't able to and are now faced with an important exam that you don't feel ready for, cramming certainly won't help. It is best to take the exam with the knowledge you already have.
If you don't succeed, study to succeed next time
- Establish a program of study and apply it rigorously the next time you have to take an exam. This will allow you to spread your study time over a long period and retain as much information as possible.
- Hide the answers provided and try to answer the questions on your own. This will allow you to limit your options and not get confused in the choices offered.
- Look at your class' past papers to see how they are typically presented and what kinds of questions your teacher asks. If you've never been assessed by your teacher, get a copy of last year's test.