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Exam readiness: Before the exam

Any form of assessment can be stressful. Getting exam ready doesn’t just involve studying your work but also involves paying attention to your physical and emotional needs. To be exam-ready it’s important for you to:

a. Take care of your physical needs:

  • Remember to get at least eight hours of sleep the night before the exam. It’s not a good idea to pull an all nighter. You don’t want to be sleep-deprived while writing and make silly mistakes.
  • Remember to have a good breakfast and to take some water and energy boosting sweets into the exam venue.
  • Dress comfortably. Exam venues like the Sports Centre are notoriously cold so remember to pack a jersey

b. Try to lower anxiety: 

  • Arrive early for the exam to reduce stress. You also don’t want to be worrying about where the exam venue is, so make sure you’re familiar with the venue.
  • Don’t hang out with people who make you anxious. Some friends will be extra nervous before the exam. If you think that they could make you feel nervous too it’s best to avoid them.
  • Before the test, rather than focusing on what you don’t know, think about the things you do know, work that you’ve studied well. Remember to breathe!

c. Remember the practical stuff:

  • Don’t forget your students card.
  • Make sure your phone is off and leave it in your bag.
  • Listen to all instructions carefully.