Take a few minutes at the beginning of the test to read through the whole paper.
- How many questions are there?
- Do you have to choose between certain questions?
- Are some questions weighted more heavily than others? If so, make sure you allow more time and give a more detailed answer.
- Look for the key words in question: analyze, compare, validate, etc.
- Determine what the question is REALLY asking.
- Quickly jot down key facts and information that you will need at the beginning of the test, either in the margin or on scrap paper (if provided) so you don't forget them.
- Work out how much time you have for each question.
If you run out of time while answering, leave blank space and move on to the next. You can go back and finish it later if you have enough time at the end, but you'll get more marks for attempting all the questions rather than answering a few completely.
- Answer the easiest questions first. This helps get you thinking along the right lines, and builds confidence.
Remember - you CAN do it!
- Either leave your cellphone at home or switch it off.
- Bring a watch - you don't want to be guessing how much time is left!
- Don't forget to write your name or any other identifying information on your paper - there's nothing worse than earning a high grade but not being able to claim it!