Examination Techniques

1 ) Study the format of the paper, allow time for each question,

     writing starting times on the top of the question paper. 

2 ) Study each question carefully. Give the examiner exactly 

     what he/she wants, not approximately what you think is wanted. 

3 ) Start each question approximately on time, at most five minutes later. 

4 ) Check through the paper, attaching maps etc. before handing it in.

Certificate Examinations

1 ) Ascertain the exact location of your centres, bus routes etc.

     leaving ample time for travelling. Announcements are usually

     made 10 minutes before the examination actually starts.

2 ) Make sure, on leaving home, that you have amongst other

     essentials your admission form. Do not return home to fetch it; if

     it is forgotten; special arrangements will be made at your centre.

     Keep a spare photograph with you.

3 ) Bring some necessities, particularly the first time at a new centre.

4 ) If furniture is broken or really unsuitable, ask politely for a


5 ) Be punctual, be polite, be calm.

6 ) Rest between examinations.

7 ) Listen to weather forecast and traffic news, bring a cardigan, an

    umbrella or raincoat if weather is unsettled.

8 ) Well before the public examinations, read carefully through all

     the instructions to candidates in the "Handbook to Candidates".



HERE is some advice from a psychologist on how to improve examination results. Students must see to it that before examination time, they have had a good sleep, a good meal and have prepared themselves well for the tests.
During examination, follow the following steps:
Feel relaxed. If you feel tense and panicky, you can relax by taking in a deep breath. Remember that tension is not necessarily bad. A little tension would prod a person to work better. But too much release of energy becomes tiring and stressful.

When you're relaxed, information you have remembered automatically comes back, and you can start off with answering the test questions.

Read the instructions and questions properly. Check whether the number of questions listed is more than the required number of questions to be answered. Check also if the questions are compulsory or not. Go for those compulsory questions first, and then the ones with more weight given.

Divide your time accordingly. Spend more time on questions with heavier weight and less time for those bearing little weight in marking answers.

Don't sit too long on one question. Some students think that if they sit on the question long enough, they will have a perfect answer. Then they find out that they have too little time left for the other questions and miss out.

When time is pressed in essay type questions, just jot down the important points to let the examiner know that you know the answers.

Follow all the rules and instructions in the test papers properly. Do not do what is not required, otherwise you'll just be wasting your own time.

Believe in your own intelligence so that you will not easily give up during examinations. Always have confidence in yourself.