Exam Do's and Don'ts

3 Exam Must Do's

  1. Do get a good night’s sleep, and eat well beforehand.
      You don’t want your brain to be fried in caffeine and bouncing off sugar. Trust me, it’s not worth it.

  2. Do arrive early.
      If you’re late, you’ll be stressed, have less time to write the exam, and you may not be allowed in at all. So don’t risk it.

  3. Do write your name and ID number on every packet or loose page.
      Yes, losing the second half of your essay in the mound of 300 exams does suck.

5 Exam Don'ts

  1. Don't forget to answer the question.
    This is the #1 reason for lost marks.

  2. Don't go off on a tangent.
    Especially in essay questions, make sure your comments are focused toward the question, not just barfing up everything you know on the topic.

  3. Don't ignore the value of presentation.
    The occasional misspelling or incorrect grammar isn't something to worry about, but illegible handwriting and tons of errors will affect the marker's opinion of the quality of your work.

  4. Don't forget to provide enough evidence to prove your point.

  5. Don't run out of time.
    Make a time budget as soon as you see the exam, and make sure you attempt every question (especially essay questions, which are worth a lot of points).

This information is partially compiled from Good Study Skills by Bernice Walmsley.