Techniques to answer exam questions

1. Practice Past Papers

There’s just no better way to get the exam completed than trying past papers. Most of the exam bodies may have past papers accessible online, but your teacher will get you started in class.

This method is not only about planning the answer to a particular question, it’s about learning how you address a question in a test, how to arrange the answer, the timing you can assign, and what details you’re going to receive.

2. Read All Questions Carefully

The stress of the situation can lead you to misread the question, prepare your response, start writing your reply, and then realize that you have made a mistake and wasted valuable time. Even if you don’t usually write answers to any question on the article, reading all the questions carefully will make sure you make the correct decisions and will highlight how much you know about the subject.

Remember to attempt all questions that you have selected. Remember to always answer all MCQ questions.

3. Manage Your Time

This is where you ought to be strict with yourself. Once you’ve set a time limit for each question, you MUST pass on once you reach it, or you won’t be able to devote your full attention to the next question.

Remember to leave some time at the end to go back through your responses and add some little comments or bits of information about the subject. You don’t know, this could help you bump up a grade!

4. Structure Your Answer

Exam Writing Tips:

Don’t just jump to the writing of your answer. Taking the first few minutes to prepare the layout of your post, which will save you time before you dive into meaty sections. Often remain on the subject; if you’re talking about the role of women in society as depicted by the author in Of Mice and Men, don’t wander away and begin to detail other topics in the novel, for example.

Most of the structured questions should have an introduction, three key points and a conclusion. A lot of students see the conclusion as the final sentence to end the piece. A positive conclusion offers a grade student the opportunity to shine by putting it together and improving their opinion. Look at the marks allocation and decide the length of your time spent. Spend your time wisely.

5. Explore Both Sides of the coin

Building your claim in the main body of your response to the exam would lend your overall opinion credibility. For eg, English Language Questions allow you to discuss all sides of the debate and then end with a logical review of your response.

Many of the questions you come up with will look like they’re looking for a clear answer, but in fact they want you to completely detail a structured and systematic answers. Do not provide a one-sided view, get your hands dirty and open your eyes to other possibilities.

6. Thoroughly Review Your Answers before submitting

Check and recheck. Give yourself plenty of time to check. Smart students will also make the mistake of handing in their answer book without reviewing what they’ve written. Proofread your responses as best as you can to correct any spelling errors and add any additional remarks that you think are worth noting.

You’re going to be shocked what you will see in the last few minutes. This is your last opportunity to drop the quote, list other important points, or even draw a short diagram. It’s not time to lose your game, show the interviewer what you’re made of!

Note, the assessments are not intended to trick you. Don’t worry on the day of your test, or this brain freeze might mean that you get a lower grade that you really deserve. Convince yourself that you know how to answer test questions and that you are nearly there.

Best wishes

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