Revision guide
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Prepare for the day
In the exam
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Prepare for the day
Prepare for the day

When the day of the exams dawns, staying calm will help you make the most of all your hard work up to now.

Prepare by making sure you follow this advice:

  • Be sure you know exactly where and when each paper of each exam is being held.
  • Remember your examining board, centre number and candidate number.
  • Bring your exam slip with you every time.
  • Arrive on time (in uniform if necessary). You can be disqualified for lateness.
  • Bring the necessary equipment: black or blue pens, two plain pencils and colouring pencils, sharpener, rubber, compasses, protractor, calculator and batteries, set squares, a reliable watch, tissues, any set texts, a bottle of water and (if you need them) glasses.
  • Seek advice from your doctor if you suffer from hay fever or any other persistent medical problems. Remember: some painkillers (eg for period pains) can cause drowsiness.
  • Make sure you eat breakfast. It's important to be alert in exams, and not feel hunger pangs. Foods that have lots of carbohydrates, such as cereals and bread, will give your brain enough energy for the day. Carbohydrates will help your revision, too.