What to Do On the Exam Day and Before It?

CSAT Examination 2016 is just a few days ahead. It is important to follow all the instructions properly in CSAT Exams. Be well prepared for your CSAT Exam 2016. Preparing a good strategy to revise your portions for the test will be good idea.

Things to Keep in Mind to Do On the Exam Day

The moment is finally here. Instead of panicking before your exam starts, be well prepared for the big day. Here are some tips for what to do on the day of the exam itself and immediately before it.

Remain Calm

I know how hard it is to relax on the big day, but hyperventilating does not help anybody. Just try to remain calm. If you’re very nervous, call someone you know for comforting words. Keep Breathing as deep breathing is meditative, so any anxiety will be exhaled away within seconds.

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Leave Home Early

Get to the exam hall early. You never know what traffic or weather will be like on the day, so leave enough spare time for the worst case scenario. What if your bus is overcrowded so you need to wait for the next one? What if it snows and traffic slows to a crawl? What if the exam will be held in a new location? There are so many what ifs, but leaving early will prevent you from losing out if the worst happens.

Final Run Through

Look over everything one last time, but not in depth like you did while revising. You should know it all by now. Try not to focus too much on particular areas, just glance over everything to refresh your memory from the past couple of weeks. Do not panic if you see something you don’t remember- final run through are there to remind you.

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Listen and Read Instructions Carefully

Listen to instructions given by teachers and exam invigilators. Listening to their instructions will help you feel calm and well prepared for what’s expected of you.

Read the entire question paper before making a start (maybe you have already got some practice at this from doing mock exams and past papers). Too many times, you’ll see students saying they didn’t check both sides of the paper, or they didn’t even realise there was a question right at the back.

  • Give yourself a chance to read things through.
  • Check whether you’re being asked to choose one question or another, or to do them both.
  • Make sure you understand if a question has several parts to it that all need answering.
  • Read the questions REALLY carefully to see which ones you’re most able to answer.

Reading the paper right through at least once before making a start is a total life-saver in exams.

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Do Rough Workings in your Answer Book – and Cross Them Out

It can be quite a good idea to look for the key words in a question, and make little mind maps, flow charts or bullet point lists in your answer book (same as you might have done for your revision notes) to see how you’d answer the question fully. Do be sure to cross out any rough work you don’t want marked, though! It’s also a good idea to leave spaces between answers so you can come back and add some more to your answer later, if you need to.

Start with Answering the Question You Feel Most Confident About

Start with the question you most like the look of. It doesn’t have to be the first question on the paper. Starting with the question you feel most confident about answering will boost your confidence about the rest of the exam.

Use the Time You Have

All you need to do is as much as you can. If you’re stuck on a question, set it aside for a bit and move on to a different one. You can come back to that tricky question later. Take a little time to check which questions you feel most comfortable about answering. If you finish early, you might as well spend that extra time reading through your answers – and reading through the paper, too! It’s always worth another read, just to check you’ve answered all the relevant questions on the paper. Use the marks given for each answer as a guide to how much time you’re meant to spend on it.

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Sleep

Get enough sleep the night before the exam. If you are dull-headed because of a lack of sleep, you won’t be able to perform at your best. Sleep a few extra hours instead of studying a few extra hours.

Food

Eat moderately before your exams; avoid a heavy meal. If you eat too much, your brain will have to devote energy to the process of digestion. On the other hand, if you skip a meal altogether, your brain will have inadequate fuel to function well. Aim for nutritional balance and moderation.

Avoid Nervous Students

While waiting for the exam to begin, avoid speaking to nervous students and absorbing their negative energy. Its preferable to stay confident and focused on doing well on the exam.

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Stay for the Entire Exam

Stay for the full length of the exam. Even if you feel you cannot recall any more, by relaxing or waiting in the exam hall, information and details might come to mind and enable you to score additional points. On exams, every point counts.

Have a Strategy

If you have a strategy, you will feel more confident and if you feel more confident, you will perform better. That strategy will depend on who you are. Try different strategies before the exam and see what works personally for you.

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What to Follow

During preparation and in examination hall some of the points to be followed are:

  • Read limited books. Don’t try to read more books. Read fewer books and gain more from them. Read only one or two newspapers and follow any book on current affairs. Reading more books make you capable in sorting out what to remember or not.
  • Be selective while reading a newspaper. From the beginning of your preparation, build the habit of reading what is important from the point of view of the examination. Spend only 45 minutes to 60 minutes for newspaper daily.
  • Always plan your studies. For a week and also for a day. This helps to complete the syllabus within a time.
  • In the name of selective study don’t leave what to be studied. Don’t go only for popular topics study what may be asked in the Mains.
  • Prepare your own notes. But don’t spend more time in preparing notes. Make point-wise notes which can be reversed very easily with less time.
  • Don’t run from difficult topics. Get clarifications from somebody else and simply don’t leave difficult topics. Don’t give importance to what you know. Give less time for what you know and more time for studying difficult topics which you don’t know properly.
  • Make more and more practices for writing answers. Don’t be lazy. At least take the habit of writing points to be included in that answer.
  • While writing answer in examination hall, don’t cross the word-limit. If you cross the word limit, you cannot manage to write all the answers.It is only practice that can make you to solve the problem within a time limit.
  • Last, but not least, point is very important. Don’t be in hurry while reading the question paper. Read slowly word by word and you can understand what is being asked. Otherwise, there is a chance of writing wrong answer. Therefore, follow the questions properly.

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