What to do when Sitting For Examination.

Writing the Examination
As soon as you are given your answer booklet and question paper, your first task is to read the instructions especially those on the question paper. Do not assume that you already know what the exam entails. Even if you think you already know, still read the exam instruction for that paper you are about to write. Many students fail exams not because they did not answer questions well enough, but because they did not answer the questions in line with the exam instructions. Do not make yourself a victim.

Then, when the supervisor allows you to open your question paper, read the instructions for each section. Then if the paper you are just about to write is an essay paper, take a few minutes to glance/read through all the questions in the paper. Read through all the questions before you start answering your first question. If you are to choose, read through all the questions quickly before you make your choice and then begin answering your choice questions.

It is not uncommon to observe that the next person(s) to you have started answering a question; perhaps as soon as they were asked to start while you are still reading through the instructions and questions. Do not let .this make you panick. The time the other person started answering questions, the speed at which he writes and his request for extra paper should not bother you since all these have nothing to do with your own performance. Be yourself, work at your own pace but ensure that you map out your own plans to finish the exam.

Before you begin to answer a question, read that question again, paying attention to the structure of the question and the specific demands of the question. Give yourself a minute or thereabout to think the question through and recall an appropriate answer and how you would structure your answer to earn you the most marks from that question. If an answer plan is to be used, use a minute or two to structure out your answer plan. When you eventually begin to pen down you answer after all these, there will be a natural flow and a speed that can see you through writing down the answer within the time you allotted to the question.

In an exam paper where you hive to make a choice of question to answer, select wisely. Make sure you fully understand the demand of each question before you make your choice. It will be unwise to jump at answering a question because it looked simple when you read it; only for you to realize that you are unable to respond to the finer details of the question demand as you proceed. Meanwhile, there is among the questions to chose from another question to which you could have responded better. Even if you decide to switch over, you could have wasted precious minutes of the examination. So, study questions thoroughly enough before you start attempting them. Watch out for the verb that dictates what the question demands of you such as “describe”, “explain”, “list”, “access”, “analyze”, “compare”, “differentiate”, “discuss”, “illustrate”, “sketch” and be sure that you can respond to the exact demand of the question as regards the concept being examined before you make a choice.

Answer the required number of question. Spread the available exam time among the questions and keep to the time you allot to each question. The strategy of answering fewer questions than the exam instruction specifies with the hope of doing them very well; all because of insufficient exam time seriously limits your chances of getting a good grade. To share time between questions, divide the total time of the exam (in minutes) by the total number of marks for the given paper. Then multiply your answer by the number of marks that each question you answer is meant to carry. The result is the number of minutes that must be expended on each question. As the minutes allotted to each question elapses, find a way to conclude your answer so that you can move on to the next question. You will score more marks this way than concentrating on one question at the detriment of another, unless you do not know the answer to other questions, which should not be if you have studied and revised well.

As you begin to write answers to a question, remember that your aim is to make the answer easy for the examiner to read and understand and, therefore, easy for him to award marks in accordance with his predetermined marking scheme. So avoid ambiguity. Keep to what the question demands of you. Do not start explaining or discussing when you are simply asked to list. Do not just list when you are asked to “explain” or, “to list and explain”. When you are asked to draw or sketch, do so and label correctly. Remember that you will not be there when your scripts will be marked. It is what you write that wilt speak for you. And of course, as had been said before, you will be judged critically on whether you have done what the question asked you to do or not. So, stay in tune with whatever the question demands of you when you are writing your answers.

If you keep to these rules; having worked so hard, revised so thoroughly, you will write so well, so much so that there will be no room for failure in your space. God promised to bless the works of your hands, and now that you have diligence and hardwork to show for all the months before the exam ., He will do no less than crown your efforts with success, And so, success is the summit to which your hard work and dedication to studies shall take you. I will see you when you get there.
God bless you!

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