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.
- 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.
- Arrive early. Go to the loo. Avoid anxious friends.
- Take drinking water with you.
- 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.
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.
The 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.
- 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.
- 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.
You can get more exam tips from LearnMate.