Exams add pressure to the calmer students. But with a little preparation and a review plan, you can get the grades you deserve.
The British Council has a wide range of tools and resources for you, whether you are a student or a teacher. We can help you if you follow these simple tips:
- Two months before your exams:
- Now is the time to seriously think about your revision plan. You have to :
- consult the updated syllabus for each subject
- learn more about the exam (for example, will there be multiple-choice or long-answer questions?
- prepare a review plan
Try to revise during the most productive times of the day. For example, if you are a morning person, review as many things as possible early in the day. You will also need to try:
have a sense of priorities by starting to revise for the exams that represent the largest percentage of the subject mark
take regular breaks to refresh your mind
use a variety of tools to revise: books, audio recordings that guide students, and online videos that contain summaries.
- Highlight important points in your review notes
- Ask family and friends to test you on each subject
- See previous exams for an idea of questions and response time.
- Make time to relax with family and friends
One month before exams:
If you are a student, your exam coordinator will need to give you an invitation for the exam.
Your invitation will tell you exactly when the exams will take place so that you can organize your trip. You will need to bring the convocation on the day of the exam.
For more information on what to bring and to see your exam schedule please visitthe day of your test.
During this time, continue to follow your review plan but remember to schedule breaks to avoid fatigue.
Quick tips for test day
You have reviewed and you have prepared for the d-day. Don’t worry if you feel a little nervous: it’s completely normal. Follow these simple tips to stay relaxed and have the best exam result possible.
- Try: stay calm and take deep breaths or breathe deeply
- Read the whole exam before you start
- Manage your time
- Go to the next question if you get stuck on a question
- Read the questions carefully and make sure you answer each question correctly.
- Drink cold water from time to time during the exam
- Check your answers especially if you finish early.
For written answers, be sure to structure your answers by writing an introduction, a development and a conclusion. At the beginning you introduce the answer, in the second part which represents 75% of the words you wrote you develop the subject in detail and at the end you conclude or summarize your answer.