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Tips on Writing Exams

The competition in current world is so fierce that everyone is working hard to achieve their goal. Being a student is also not easy since they work hard to reach on top by giving their best in school by writing various competitive exams, trying to excel in sports, extra curriculum. Since students spend most of the time preparing for exams, be it within their curriculum or outside it is important for them to know art of writing exams. Below are some of the tips that is collated from various research on exam psychology which the students can make use to fair better than others

  • Following a sequence: While writing exams, many students follow the pattern of attempting for questions that they know well upfront. Once that is completed, they turn to the questions which they need to think before penning down. As per research, students who write their answers in a sequence secure more marks than who don’t follow the sequence. This is because –
    1. Examiners usually have the question paper set and if the answers are not in sequence, then it takes more time for them to validate the complete answer sheet.
    2. Students can attempt all the questions since they can do better time management when they write in sequence
    3. Writing answers in proper sequence signifies the student is disciplined and knows everything from the subject he is attempting in the exam
  • Highlighting the important phrases / key points: Any examiners while reviewing the answers always look for important phrases or key points from the answers. If these important phrases / keywords are underlined, then it becomes easier for the examiner to identify these and hence resulting in securing better. Examiner only needs to read partial answer if s/he finds some of the important phrases / keywords are not highlighted.
  • 1st page neatness: It is important to write neatly in a good handwriting to ensure examiner can read it. However, there are chances student has to scratch word / phrases which might be wrong. As you might have heard “First impression is the best impression”; same thing is applicable while writing exams too. Students should always spend extra 5 minutes while writing the first page of the answer sheet
  • Maintaining word count:Harvard university did extensive research on how many words should a line consists of and how many lines should a page have? As part of this research they distributed 15000 answer scripts across various examiners across the world. Based on their analysis, it is recommended that students limit the word count of 5 words in a single line and 25 lines in a single page. Students following the above recommendation tends to get 5% more marks than others. This will also help students in 2 things – managing the word count easily and not clustering the page with too many sentences.
  • Generic initial and summary sentence:This is good for writing essays / long answers. Usually students directly come to the point while writing long answers. This is not bad, however if the approach is changed slightly then there are chances of securing better result than other students. Trick is to learn some generic initial and summary sentences that student can make use while writing exams. These statements can be used in different exams with similar questions and will help in boosting impression with the examiner resulting in securing better result than other students
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