During the exam

Take deep breaths

Taking several long, slow, deep breaths will help to calm you down and help you feel more relaxed. Tell yourself that you are calm and that you will do well. Remember positive thinking!

Reading instructions and questions

Make sure you read each question carefully and listen to instructions given by the invigilators. Read the front of the exam paper which has important information on what questions you are required to answer and how many marks are awarded. Ask an invigilator if you are unsure.

Stay in control

If your mind goes blank, don't panic! Panicking will just make it harder for you to remember what you have learnt. Put your pen down and go back to taking several long, slow, deep breaths until you feel more relaxed again. You will quickly settle down again and will be able to continue with your questions.

Manage your exam time

If you find that you are stuck on a question, take a deep breath, move on to the next question and come back to the difficult question later if you have some spare time at the end. Do not waste all of your time on one tricky question when there are others you could easily answer. Make sure you divide your exam time according to the marks allocated for each question.


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