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Simple tips on how to answer your exam paper

Here are some simple and easy tips for answering the exam paper which is helpful for writing any exams right from competitive exams to term exams or formative assessment i.e FA. Exams are an integral part of student's life who at times get disgusted writing one or the other exams.

Well, it is not only exam preparation which is important but answering the paper in the exam hall is also equally important for a good score in the exam. There are some students who are studious and prepare very well for the exams but the moment they enter the exam hall, sit for writing the exams and get the question paper, their mind goes blank. They feel that they forgot everything that they learnt and struggle for answering the paper.

Find useful tips on how to prepare for annual / board exams?

Remember that along with exam preparation, you need to learn the important tips on how to answer the exam paper. A simple technique is selecting the questions and then answering these within the time limit. Remember that time management plays a key role in answering the exam paper particularly for competitive exams.

Tips to answer your exam paper

  • A sound sleep on the previous night is very important for a calm and cool mind. It helps in answering the paper well. 

  • Late night studying and keeping yourself awake till late night by consuming too much tea is not a good practice. This makes you to dizzy and drowsy in the exam hall. And you will find it difficult to answer. So, say 'NO' to late night studies.  

  • Do not get tensed up unnecessarily. Stay calm and try to develop self-confidence. When you prepare well for the exams, you will get confidence. So stop wasting your precious time and prepare well for the exams well in advance.

  • Do not directly jump into answers the paper. First read the instructions carefully and then go through the entire question paper. Read all the questions so as to have an understanding of the question paper.

  • When you start answering, first attempt the short-answer questions with 1 mark and then next answer the questions with 2 marks and gradually go for answering the long-answer type i.e easy type questions.

  • An important thing to keep in mind. First start answering the questions that you find easier as you can present these well. A well presented answer paper gives a good impression to the paper corrector / evaluator. By going through your well presented answer, the evaluator will get an opinion about the candidate and this helps in scoring better. 

  • Then you can gradually go for difficult questions which make you think for a while and take longer time to answer.

  • Avoid answering the paper in a hurry and do not scribble on the answer sheet. Instead try to maintain the tempo of your writing and also try to write in a presentable handwriting. Avoid too many strikes / cuts in the answer as the answer looks clumsy and the paper corrector will get a bad impression on you.

  • When you answer the short-answer type questions first, do not stick to a particular question and keep thinking and thinking for the answer. Do not waste too much time on answering a single question but immediately jump to the next question.

  • Numbering the right way as in the question paper is an important thing to keep in mind. When you answer the questions, clearly mention the section and the question number as is in the question paper. For e.g if you are answering Q3 first, then mention A3 but not A1.

  • Do not write irrelevant points in your answer but be precise while answering. It is better to write the answer point-wise instead of writing the answer like a story. 

  • Underline / highlight the important points in a different color ink in the answers sheet. This is a good way of presenting your paper as the evaluator can easily access your knowledge on the subject. 

  • If required, draw diagrams / charts in support of your answer as this would help the evaluator in understanding you better.

  • Do not leave any of the questions unanswered, instead try to write something related to the question / topic in your own words as this would be helpful in fetching at least few marks.

  • Answer the questions as per the marks allotted. Do not write lengthy answers for 1 or 2 marks questions and don't spend much time on answering these questions. Similarly do not give too short a description for essay-type question. Try to judge as per the marks. 

  • Always keep an eye on your wrist watch so that you can have an idea of the time taken for writing the questions. Do not waste too much time on a single answer, instead divide the time in such a way that you could be able to complete all the questions in time.

  • Try to complete the paper at least 15 minutes before the finishing time and revise the paper during this time

  • Last but not the least be confident while you answer and leave the rest to the Almighty (if you happen to be a believer of God)
Find here information on how to overcome exam fear.

Remember that for answering questions in the exam hall and getting a good score, you need to be little extra careful in the exam hall so that you could be successful in your exam.


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