|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
- 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
- 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
- Leave time at the end to check for careless
- Read through all of the exam paper, marking
those questions you feel confident about. It is best to answer
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Draw large, clearly labelled diagrams in
pencil. Mark graphs with the correct units and always use a ruler
to draw straight lines.
- Set out the stages of experiments in a
logical sequence under the appropriate headings.
- Spend longer answering questions with more
- If you are unsure about a question which
requires a short answer, come back to it later.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.