Most welcome to a new episode in our weekly English program for BAC students. In our last session, we provided you with some tips on how to produce better pieces of writing and eventually score higher in the end of term test and the final BAC exam. We will carry on our focus not only on writing, but also we will try to provide you some important guidelines and tips to prepare your exams. These are simple yet proved to be useful while dealing with the whole test and answer the eternal question “How to get higher marks in exams?”
Study Tips To Prepare Your Exams, Every Student Should Know
Familiarize Yourself With The Structure Of The Writing Test
One of our tips to prepare your exams is to do plenty of practice tests, preferably in timed conditions. This will help you look at the timing and the type of writing you're expected to produce. But don't just do them – get feedback on your writing and act on it so that you learn from it. Try to rewrite your work based on this feedback. Tests are available on the net and easily accessible.
It is also preferable to try different sets of tests from the different corners of the country. This variety will be reflected in the final BAC exam and the student will have a clearer idea about the type of tests to expect. We mean that students and mainly BAC student have to practice and do a lot of tests. All this by getting tests from here and there in order to have an idea about the different types of questions. As you know, practice makes perfect. You will not find things you have not seen before and from region to region and teacher to teacher the texts or the test structure varies from one to another, so it is better to have a look a general look about these differences.
No one can deny that time is very crucial when it comes to tests and unfortunately in most cases this adds more pressure and panic on the side of our students. Hence, for all these mentioned reasons, the pupil must have a clear plan on time management . The question here is how much allotted time should each part of the test be given? Well, to be honest there is no secret formula but from the general practice we come out with a balanced way that proved to be working with most students. We recommend or rather advice our pupils to use the 45 – 30 – 45 scheme:
To simplify it:
- 45 minutes should be allotted to reading comprehension.
- 30 minutes should be allotted to language tasks, with an average of 10 minutes for each task.
- 45 minutes should be allotted to writing and as we all know this section is divided into two parts: The pre-writing in which the student can spend up to 15 minutes before proceeding to the Free writing or essay which generally should be around 30 minutes.
One last remark concerning this time distribution is that it provides you with a general guideline not to run out of time. Yet, if you finish a task earlier than you expect, then this will add room to you to other tasks.
Write important things down first
As soon as the test starts, write down all rules or other important information on some scratch paper before you start going through the questions. This will help keep you from blanking when you need that information later.
Read the whole test and start with the easiest tasks
Have five minutes to skim through the whole test and have an idea about what you will deal with, as this helps you when it comes to time management.
Skip any difficult question:
If you come across a hard task or question, don’t panic! Just skip it and come back to it when you are done with other ones. Here you must consider the mark allotted to that question and the time you will invest on it, e.g. don’t spend 10 minutes on a question which is half a mark.
Look for clues in the other questions
Sometimes the answer to a question can be contained within or hinted at in another question on the test. Look at other answers or questions to help jog your memory.
Understand the question well before providing the answer
As the Arabic proverb says:
“The question is half the answer.”
that’s why if you don’t get what is asked from you, it will be impossible to provide the needed answer.
Use the adequate techniques that we learned in class i.e. the writing process when dealing with writing tasks and the 3 SFM keys: ( Structure – Form – Meaning).
Proofreading or checking your answers this generally after you finish your test, so this is the last step i think so when you have finish normally you check your answer this can be when you finish a task or when you finish the whole test, so you'll check the task when you finish it and at the end you have a whole checking for all your answers.
Never leave questions blank:
Unless you're docked for incorrect answers, never just leave a question blank.
Last the physical preparation which is the last point in our tips to prepare your exams is as important as the theoretical one: So have a good sleep the night before the test and drink enough water. Getting dehydrated during a test can be distracting and reduce your ability to think clearly.
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These are some tips to prepare your exams that you should follow while you are dealing with any tests I think it's not only in the English test, but it's a general exam study tips for all the tests. Hopefully everything will go smooth and right
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Follow these tips and hopefully everything will go smoothly.