This is the season of exams. Junior School Certificate (JSC) exam is going on all over the country and Primary Education Completion (PEC) exam will begin after a few days. Students and parents are passing busy time now because everyone wants to get good grades. But sometimes your preparation may not get you good marks if you do not follow some strategies before and after the exam. So, here are some test-taking strategies:
Get A Good Night’s Sleep
Studies have found that if you stay awake for 21 hours straight, you have the mental capacity of someone who is legally drunk (in terms of your ability to concentrate, memorise and recall information, etc). You can’t afford to stay awake all night studying for an exam because you just won’t be effective on the day of the exam. Make sure you get on average 8 hours of sleep a night.
Avoid Cramming The Night Before The Exam
You will retain more both on test day and afterwards for comprehensive exams if you study regularly and at a reasonable pace. While a brief review will help, avoid an exhaustive cramming session that leaves you facing the test tired.
Prepare Your Equipment
You should have two or three pens or pencils with good erasers. If you are taking a math or science test, bring a calculator with good batteries. Also, since you won’t be allowed to use your cell phone, bring a watch to keep track of time. Lastly, if allowed, bring some chewing gum to deal with nervous tension.
Be Physically Ready
Your previous preparation can go to waste if you don’t get a good night’s sleep before test day. You should also eat a healthy meal and be well hydrated before the exam begins. Avoid overeating or consuming excessive caffeine before your test. Also, use the restroom before the test begins, and if it is permitted, bring a bottle of water.
Find Out Details About The Exam
Find out details about the format of the test. Ask your professor if you will have to write any essays. If essays are your weak point, research potential essay topics and create an outline in order to save time for other sections of the test. Also, remember to ask about the rules for test day. Will you be permitted to go to the restroom during the test? Is there a strict time limit?
Focus On What You Know Rather Than What You Don’t
Chances are there will always be something that you could have studied more thoroughly or don’t know so well. By that stage, you can’t do much about that, so is there any point worrying about it? You are better off focusing on the fact that you now know so much more than you did before and a large number of the exam questions you’ll be able to answer.
Strategies During The Exam
Read The Test Directions Properly
If you have questions, ask your instructor to clarify the matter, either to you personally or to the entire class. Don’t be embarrassed: your fellow students will likely have the same questions. If other students ask questions, don’t get so engrossed in your test that you miss out on answers to their questions.
Remember To Breathe
If you feel yourself panicking or stressing out, put down your pencil and take several long, deep breaths. Do this several times throughout the test to clear your mind and fill your blood with oxygen. Imagine yourself relaxing and visualize a calm image.
Survey The Test Before Beginning
Glance over the entire test and form a loose plan for how you will spend your time. You do not need to closely inspect every question, but your plan may be very different for a test with fifteen multiple-choice questions and six essay questions than for one with thirty multiple-choice questions and one essay. If the professor provides the point value of each question or section, focus on the sections with the highest point value if you expect to be pressed for time.
Read Every Question Closely
Sometimes teachers will write questions that are deliberately reversed from what you might expect in order to challenge you. If you feel that a question is nonsensical or hard to understand, ask your instructor for clarification.
Go Straight Home After The Exam
How many times have you stayed back after an exam to talk to your friends about what you put for each questions? How many times have you felt anxious after doing so? Whilst it can be reassuring to know that you wrote the same answer as your friends, if you find out that you wrote something different and you have another 4 or 5 exams to take, this may throw you off your game. The exam is over. There’s nothing much you can do about it, so move on and focus on the next one.
Finally, do not think about the mistakes you have committed during the exam rather do something that relaxes you. You can watch television or play something and then, prepare yourself for the next exam.