Use These Test-Taking Strategies For Your Upcoming Exam
After you have gotten a solid grip of the entire syllabus of each subject along with all the ncert important questions and study materials that are to be asked on the CBSE class 12 board exam, you now have to employ a few fundamental test-taking strategies. Through this article, we will discuss a few tried and tested techniques that have been proven to work for students in the exam.
1. Prepare and Practice
You cannot have a shortcut route for preparation. If a student doesn’t study throughout the academic year, doesn’t revise enough the day before the test, doesn’t know the syllabus and study material, no amount of test-taking strategies can save them from falling. Preparation is the most crucial key to crack any exam. Allot a set amount of time according to the requirement of each subject so that you can understand the syllabus that has to be covered for your exam. If you do this properly, you will be able to get a high score.
2. Arrive Ahead of Time
Know that you can boost up your confidence with proper time for relaxation. This practice will also narrow down your focus only to the exam and the present moment. Arriving ahead of time will let you enough time to clear out your last-minute queries and doubts. You may even pay attention to the explanations that are provided to the questions from other students. Although many people think these last-minute questions are more of a problem than a solution, you can definitely gain more by going into the exam hall earlier.
3. Final Instructions
Teachers often tend to change a few test details at the last moment, especially during pre-board exams, to check students' adaptability. Naturally, missing out on the test instructions results in anxiety for the exam. Therefore, in the worst-case scenario, if you happen to miss the instructions, ensure that you request for repeating the same.
4. Memory Dump
Memory dumps are a useful and effective strategy to improve your performance in certain subjects such as History and Maths because these subjects require you to remember detailed information. So, whenever you begin your exam, make it a point to jot down important but easy to forget the information you must know for this subject.
5. Read Carefully
The beginning of your question paper will contain a set of directions that are precious information. It is important to read these directions with care to be sure that you know the important questions, their marks distribution, and the correct way to answer the questions. For example, there seem to be two right answers for one objective type question. Here, you must reread the question to get into the details. Similarly, test instructions often ask students to only complete two in-detail answers out of 5 options.
6. Time Management
As you practised, you must have already got the hang of the estimated time you require for the individual sections of your exams as well as the separate questions. Allow ample time for the comparatively difficult sections and the sections which have a higher weightage of marks. However, don’t stick to one answer if you’re not able to solve it. Move on to the other questions and keep it for the end. In case you’re left with extra time, you can think about it.
You have to be fast to complete all the questions within the stipulated time. Finish the answers that you are 100% sure about first. After that, you may come back to solve the problems that you think are difficult.
7. Be Positive
Never lose your confidence and positive attitude or waste your time answering very confusing or absolutely unknown questions. Ensure that you answer all the known questions first to have absolute surety about those marks.
For objective type questions, if you really have no idea about the right answer, try to make a guess. You can try to eliminate the incorrect options to arrive at the correct choice finally.
8. Don’t Change your Answer
If one answer popped up in your head right when you read the question, it is usually correct. It’s not a good idea to change your answers if you’re not sure about it being wrong. Changing an entire answer also means you will be wasting precious time.
9. Revise the Paper
Read all the answers to the difficult and long answer questions after you finish answering the whole paper so that you can be sure that there are no errors. Particularly in the English exam, you must complete a lot of writing skill questions. Make sure to review them to minimise spelling or grammatical mistakes. It is important to ensure that you complete the whole test. Check the flip side of your question paper for questions. Understand that you have to finish the whole test.
10. Check your Progress
It’s a good practice to check your progress after the test with generous time. Take notice of your weak points and places where you are not scoring enough. It’s a good idea to request your teachers for discussing the ways to improve. This is extremely important if you know the finer details of answering questions and the marking scheme.
Follow these test-taking strategies, and you’ll improve your score significantly in your upcoming exam.