Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The exam paper

When correcting papers, examiners usually follow a marking schedule: they give marks for particular points (both in the content and format). Try to ensure that your handwriting is legible and that your answers are organised and numbered correctly.  Remember, your examiner wants you to do well!

Here are some do's and don'ts when it comes to exam papers.

  • Read the instructions on your exam paper carefully and check your answers against the instructions as you go along
  • Read the question carefully and make sure you fully understand what's being asked, giving examples to show you understand the material
  • Assess who much time you'll spend on each question and weigh it against the marks. If there is a compulsory question worth a larger proportion of marks allocate more time for that

  •  Ignore the instructions, it could cost you marks!!
  •  Forget to leave 10 minutes at the end to revise your answers
  •  Forget to backup your opinions and ideas with evidence
  •  Dwell on questions when you get stuck, move on and come back if time permits at the end

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