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Test Taking Strategies – Tips for Exam

Apart from making good preparation exam, a student must also know the basis exam taking strategies to get higher grades in exam. Exam strategies pertain to measures taken by student on the day of exam. Some of the important exam-taking strategies are as follows:

  The day of Exam – Important points

Students should be careful about the following things on the day of Exam.

  1. Getting full night’s rest and getting up in morning in time.
  2. Getting a light physical exercise after getting up in the morning
  3. Taking a shower to refresh
  4. Having proper breakfast. Don’t eat too much.
  5. Make it sure that you have everything that you will need in exam i.e. pens, marker-pens, ruler, exam roll number slip e.t.c
  6. You should reach the exam hall in time. It better to be there half an hour before the exam starts.

  Starting Your Exam

  1. When you sit on the chair for writing your paper, you must wait for right time to start your exam as instructed by the examiner in the Hall.
  2. Exam stress is a natural and is experienced by mostly all students. Be relax and confident. Don’t let this stress affect your efficiency for attempting the exam.
  3. Write down your roll number, name of the test or subject and other information that is asked to be filled in on the answer sheet. If you are attempting your test on a “computer sensitive answer sheet”, remember the roll number etc are to be written on it by filling the circles or blocks.
  4. Five minutes must be given for reading the instruction on answer sheet and question paper. Do read these instructions. It tells you how to attempt the paper and if there is choice of selecting questions out of all.
  5. Read all the questions carefully to get overall image of the paper. If the paper gives you choice for question, select those questions which you can answer better than other.
  6. Divide the total time given on the total questions properly leaving about 20 minutes for rechecking your paper in the end. MCQs test have usually short time for completing so be careful about dividing time over all MCQs and have good speed for answering them.
  7. Always attempt that question first which you can answer the best. It will have a good impression on the checker of the exam if the first answer is written well.
  8. Give correct number of the question to the your answers. At the end of the paper do check your paper again for mistakes i.e. wrong spellings, missing headings and words, mistakes in calculations etc.

  Writing your paper

Question papers have different type of questions which required detailed explanation or short answer. The nature of questions determines the way to write your answers. The following points reveal how each type of question should be answered.

  1. Questions which require explanatory and descriptive answers – the long or essay or subjective questions
  2. Questions which  require answer of few sentences – the short question
  3. Questions which require answer by selecting one in the given options – MCQs Multiple Choice Questions 

  Writing detailed answers – Dealing with long questions

  1. There is usually choice in long questions. If you have choice in the question, better answer those questions which you can answer only. Start with the question you think you can answer the best.
  2. Read the question carefully to know what it is asking for. Most of the student answers the question different to what is asked in the question.
  3. Long answer should be divided in many paragraphs in proper sequence. Each paragraph should be comprehensive. Try to cover all aspects of the answer in the paragraphs.
  4. Give headings and sub-headings to each paragraph. It makes your answer look appealing to the checker.
  5. Write only the relevant ideas and skip the unnecessary explanation. It the quality, not the quantity, that ensures your success in the exam.
  6. Expand your answer according to the marks given to the question.
  7. Use diagrams, charts and tables where required
  8. Last paragraph should summarize your entire answer. Last paragraph can be give heading “Conclusion” depending upon the nature of the question. For concluding your answer in the last paragraph, better use your own ideas in a critical fashion.
  9. Use markers of different colors for headings and subheadings. Use highlighter to highlight important areas in your answer. It will make your answer look more appealing.

  Choosing correct option – Multiple Choice Questions

  1. Remember for MCQs paper you have very short time to attempt the whole paper. You may have hardly one minute for each question. Therefore, divide the total time on the question to ensure attempting the test speedily.
  2. Read the question and try to find out the correct answer before seeing the options. If you don’t know the answer then you should read the options which will help you recall the answer.
  3. If you can’t figure out the answer from the given choice, think of those choices which cannot be the answer. First skip out these choices and the remaining choices will increase the probability of selecting the correct choice.
  4. MCQs are designed to assess your learning by giving you similar choices to make it difficult for you to select the correct choice. Better read all the choice before selecting the correct one.
  5. MCQs test are attempted on a separate answer-sheet which is designed for being read and checked by computer. Hence, fill in the circles or block, given on the answer sheet, in correct way.

  Writing short answers – Dealing with short questions

  1. Short questions require very compact answer. Such question may ask about a definition, meaning of a terminology, a step in a scientific process and so on.
  2. These questions carry less marks and the answer should be to the point not exceeding to unnecessary explanation which may waste your time for other questions.
  3. Better start the answer without giving a foreword or preface unless where required.