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Your Top Tips for 2018 ATAR Exams

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These step by step tips will help Year 12s to give their best possible performance in their ATAR exams.

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

  • Know what the exam is going to look like.  atar exam geography
  • Read through the SCASA Summary Reports that show how students answered questions in previous exams.
  • Know how many questions or sections you have to answer and what they are worth.
  • Allocate your time according to the marks for each section or question. (A multiple choice section worth 50% shouldn’t take you 50% of your time. You can use any time you save on your long answers.)
  • Know exactly what time you should finish each section and question.

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  • Arrive early. Go to the loo. Avoid anxious friends.

GO IN

  • Take drinking water with you.water-bottle-962934_1920.jpg
  • Get seated early.
  • Breath steadily. Get centred. Sip water.
  • Listen to the supervisor’s instructions.
  • Write your name and student number on the exam paper.

READING TIME

This is really important. Don’t skim through. Read REALLY S-L-O-W-L-Y.

  • Read through all the instructions THEN the questions.
  • If there are choices, decide which questions to answer.
  • Leave the hardest question to last.
  • Know what time you should finish each question/section and stick to that time.

WARNING

Danger.jpgThe biggest mistake made in exams is NOT DOING WHAT IS ASKED.

  • If it says SELECT ONE only SELECT ONE!!
  • If you need to answer two parts of one question answer TWO PARTS.
  • If you are asked what impact dancing shoes had on the depression, don’t just talk about the depression.

START YOUR EXAM

Be calm. You’ve got this.

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  • Do multiple choice and short answer questions first.
  • Start your first essay. Plan your answer picking the BEST evidence you can provide that proves you are an expert on the subject.
  • Don’t spend more time than planned on a section or question.
  • Don’t over-answer or waffle on.
  • Add dot points if you are running out of time. You won’t lose points and may gain some.hourglass-620397_1920
  • If you have time, skim read your answer for errors or omissions. This will also give you time to rest your writing hand and stop it cramping.
  • Systematically work through all required answers keeping to your time allocation.
  • Use every minute of exam time. If you have time left, review your answers before handing in the paper.
  • Hand in your rough work too.

RELAX

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You can get more exam tips from LearnMate.

 

Author: Bev Johnson

Hi, I'm Bev Johnson I advocate for better pathways for school leavers. I started my career as a teacher and went onto business management in TAFE, then into developing business systems and policies across governments and industry. I now lobby on behalf of school leavers to create innovative and robust pathways for them to follow. I write about careers, coach students and advise schools, service providers and career advisors. In short, I do whatever I can to help students bridge the gap between schools and the world beyond. If you would like my expert support and advice contact me: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or M: 0434056412

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