On the day of the exam
Make sure you have all the necessary stationery for your exam, i.e. pens, pencils, eraser and calculator (with new batteries). Make sure you bring your ID document and examination admission letter.
Go to the toilet before entering the exam room. You don’t want to waste valuable time going to the toilet during the exam.
Use the 10 minutes reading time to read the instructions carefully. This helps to ‘open’ the information in your brain. All questions are compulsory unless indicated otherwise, but you do not have to answer them in order. Start with the question you think is the easiest to get the flow going.
Break the questions down to make sure you understand what is being asked. If you don’t answer the question properly you won’t get any marks for it. Look for the keywords in the question to know how to answer it.
Try all the questions. Each question has some easy marks in it so make sure that you do all the questions in the exam.
Never panic, even if the question seems difficult at first. It will be linked to something you have covered. Find the connection.
Don’t waste time on questions you are unsure of. Move on and come back if time allows.
Check weighting – how many marks have been allocated for your answer? Do not give more or less information than is required.