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English exams – Get the basics right: Part 1

Although the small things in life seem so trivial and unimportant, neglecting them can have massive consequences. The footballer who doesn’t tie their laces; the singer who doesn’t do a soundcheck; the teacher who doesn’t check ICT before an important lesson, all of this ignoring of the details can lead to catastr…well, something not good.

Surprise, surprise, it’s the same with exams. If you ignore some important points, then you can seriously damage your exam chances. Here’s three points you should make sure you have covered:

Point 1: Have three working pens. It’s obvious that one may run out, but two can run out too, and then what? (Ask the invigilator, of course, but that takes time.) It’s best to have three working pens, one of which is your favourite.

Point 2: Read the papers carefully. So many, so, so many mistakes are made in exam halls because people rush. There’s no need to be too fast. It leads to missing things and that leads to costly errors.

Point 3: Keep it simple. The exam task is not meant to be that hard. It’s a challenge, yes, but it’s not meant to be mission impossible. Don’t think it’s too hard, and then start trying to make the task more complex than it is. Also, realise that if the task asks you to look at one character, stick to one character.

 

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