Revision guide
Plan your revision
How to revise
Top techniques
Prepare for the day
In the exam
Tips for parents
In the exam

Before you start the actual exam, be sure that you:

  • Listen carefully to the instructions of the invigilator (the teacher or other adult in charge of the exam room).
  • Write information into your answer book. Normally, this will be your full name, your centre number and candidate number. If you are not sure how to do this, ask for advice.
  • Know the number of questions you have to answer and check if there are compulsory questions.
  • Plan your time carefully. Too many learners do not finish some questions or do not answer some of them at all.
  • Leave time at the end to check for careless mistakes.

Your answers

  1. Read through all of the exam paper, marking those questions you feel confident about. It is best to answer these first.
  2. Before you start answering a question, make sure you understand it thoroughly and underline key words and symbols. Unless you have been told otherwise, you may write or make notes on the question paper.
  3. Spend a few minutes planning your answer in rough. In maths exams, you should show all your working-out; you can get marks for your working-out, even if the answer is wrong.
  4. Write as quickly but as legibly as you can. Take care with your spelling. In exams where marks are awarded for spelling, be more careful and copy the spelling of words used in the question paper.
  5. Draw large, clearly labelled diagrams in pencil. Mark graphs with the correct units and always use a ruler to draw straight lines.
  6. Set out the stages of experiments in a logical sequence under the appropriate headings.
  7. Spend longer answering questions with more marks.
  8. If you are unsure about a question which requires a short answer, come back to it later.
  9. You may find that some parts of a question are more difficult than others. It will require more than just a list of facts to answer this type of question.
  10. Finally, make sure that every sheet added to your exam booklet is completed with details such as your candidate number and the numbers of the questions you have answered. These pages should be securely attached and all pages should be numbered and in order.
  11. Do not speak or hand anything to anyone while in the examination hall, even at the end of an exam. A simple misunderstanding could lead to disqualification. If you need to use the toilet, you should put up your hand - a teacher or invigilator will then go with you.