Exam Paper Panic

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  • Created on: 26-01-16 15:30
BEFORE THE EXAM: Format
Get to know the exam format: how long do you have? Is it split into sections? What sort of questions will you have to answer?
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BEFORE THE EXAM: Past Papers
Past papers are the closest thing you can get to doing the actual exam. Having a go at the past papers is not just a good test of your knowledge, but will familiarise you with the general layout of an exam paper for your subject and exam board.
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BEFORE THE EXAM: Command words
Your command words tell you what you need to do in your answer e.g. define, analyse, describe, explain. Make sure you understand these and know what to do with them.
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BEFORE THE EXAM: Exam Technique
Refine your exam technique by practising past papers. Tackle the paper under exam conditions, or pick out specific questions you feel less comfortable answering. You could even try planning your answer and checking it with a tutor.
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DURING THE EXAM: Read carefully
Read the questions and any extra material carefully. You need to be cautious of time, but it's more important to take the time to read and understand the question before answering it.
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DURING THE EXAM: Keywords and command words
Circle or underline keywords, phrases and command words. For long answer questions, this will help guide your answer and make sure you stay on track.
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DURING THE EXAM: Plan
More so the case for long answer questions, planning can help make sure you are answering the question and including all the relevant points. With time against you, you don't want to go off track and realise with only minutes to spare!
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DURING THE EXAM: Examples as evidence
Examples can really help to demonstrate your understanding and knowledge of a specific topic.
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DURING THE EXAM: Presenting your answer clearly
Make sure you present your answers clearly, so that the examiner can read and understand your answer without any confusion. While you are writing, it can help to imagine that you are explaining something to someone who knows nothing/very little.
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Past papers are the closest thing you can get to doing the actual exam. Having a go at the past papers is not just a good test of your knowledge, but will familiarise you with the general layout of an exam paper for your subject and exam board.

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BEFORE THE EXAM: Past Papers

Card 3

Front

Your command words tell you what you need to do in your answer e.g. define, analyse, describe, explain. Make sure you understand these and know what to do with them.

Back

Preview of the back of card 3

Card 4

Front

Refine your exam technique by practising past papers. Tackle the paper under exam conditions, or pick out specific questions you feel less comfortable answering. You could even try planning your answer and checking it with a tutor.

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

Read the questions and any extra material carefully. You need to be cautious of time, but it's more important to take the time to read and understand the question before answering it.

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Preview of the back of card 5
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