If you’ve got an exam approaching, it’s good to know what to expect so that nothing comes as a surprise on the day. An exam is not just a test of your English; it’s a test of your exam skills. Watch this video to see our six top tips to help you get ready for your exams – then visit our website and test your understanding in our quiz. https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/english-you-need/unit-12/session-1
If you’ve got an exam approaching, it’s good to know what to expect so that nothing comes as a surprise on the day. An exam is not just a test of your English; it’s a test of your exam skills. Our top tips will hopefully get you thinking about what you need to do.
Long before the day of your exam you need to be revising, and as part of this it’s a very good idea to do lots of test papers, or practice exams. Then you’ll know what to expect in the real exam. You should start working on past exam papers to find out what you need to know and what you should be working towards.
Obviously, if you want to do well, you need a good exam technique. Timing is very important. So, by doing test papers – or mock exams – in the same amount of time that you’ll have for the real exam – will help you get your timing right for each question. It’s best to spend the most time on whatever question has the most marks.
Another thing to be aware of when trying out test exam papers is the instructions. Pay attention to exactly what you’re asked to do – then there’ll be no surprises on the day! As the exam day approaches, don’t panic! You need to get yourself in the right frame of mind, and that you have a clear head. This student has the right advice…
One day before, I try to relax – don’t repeat anything, because then I’m really confused. So I just go and I think OK it’s once, it will be only two hours, and then I’m free.
So don’t get too tired or too worried. You’ll also need to get organised for the exam itself. Remember to take all of the materials that you’ll need. And often you need to take a form of identification with you.
Finally, get some good sleep and then arrive at the exam venue in plenty of time, so you that can find out where the room is, what you need to do ahead of time, and get yourself something to drink or eat. If you’ve done the work and you’re prepared you’ll be fine.