Almost all students, including me faced their final exams or mid-exams for courses like Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Advanced and so on. Or you may be preparing for IELTS right now. Anyway, I know that exams are scary for many of us. Most students are reluctant so that they fail the exams.
This post is going to be serious because the exam you are preparing for can change your path. In this post, we will discuss the things to do and not to do before and while exams. Get ready! Here we go!
- I don’t want to fail my exams again
1. Before Exams
Start preparing for exams as early as possible. Do not postpone revising everything on the last day. Had a new lesson? Revise it at home; copy the language (e.g. new words, collocations) because you will have to use them in your exam to get a higher score. If you prepare in the last night, your brain won’t grasp anything so you will get confused.
If you have missed some lessons, ask the teacher to explain you or friends to help. As soon as you get missed handouts or books, immediately start reading them. It’s better to read them twice or three times for guarantee.
Invite your friends for preparation. As I cited before, friends can help you and that hand of help may push you to the next course. Do some exercises with them, check your understanding, work on your pronunciation and ask rules of grammar from each other.
Contact the students who already passed this particular exam. They will pinpoint you what to expect and what not to. They will tell you what to prepare for.
Make a list, what is urgent and important and what is not. By this way, you will be organized and focused. For instance,
Be far from time wasters (e.g. social networks, mobile phone, PC, unnecessary calls) while preparing for exams.
2. Exam Day
Do not touch your course books and handouts on exam day. They won’t help you anyway. On that day, your duty is just to get up, go there and show what you have learned in your course. Even if you read grammatical rules, they will stay in your memory for a short amount of time. Therefore, I recommended starting to prepare earlier.
Do stay calm. Don’t let nervousness overwhelm you. Stay positive, crack jokes on exam day with your friends. Just remember how you enjoyed your lessons and do the same on exam day. If you are still nervous before the exam, just take deep breath several times and start answering questions. If your teacher allows, bring a chewing gum, it helps to concentrate. It always worked for me.
Do not rush!! Rushing can be considered as the most score damaging mistake. Think twice before answering a question in your test or before writing essays. Most students end up with lower results because they finish everything quickly and goof off. Do brainstorming; find ideas, suitable words only then begin doing something.
Read instructions and examples provided carefully. They always have helpful hints. When you puzzle them out, cracking your exam will become a piece of cake.
3. Speaking Part (Interview)
You finished your test and essay, well done. However, students are afraid of the interview with the examiner more than writing essays. Here are some hacks to pass your speaking exam.
Always smile. Stay positive while having an interview with the examiner. Give positive answers. If you have a sense of humor, use it to your advantage. Tell anecdotes (suitable to a question).
Watch your body language. Most examiners are good at psychology so you have to be accurate. Do not cross your legs and/or fold your arms. It means that you are afraid and want to protect yourself. Do not put your hands in pockets; by this you show that you are nervous. Another significant thing is to keep eye-contact. Do not look down to your shoes; an examiner will get that you are afraid and will try to give more questions.
Don’t speak too fast or too slow. Speak in a normal temp and do not lose it. Also, speaking too loudly or too quietly can lessen your score.
If you do not know the exact answer for a particular question, give your opinion about it. “Do you know what global village is?” — “I don’t know it but in my opinion it is…” By this, you will get more points. But it doesn’t mean that you have to apply this hack for every question .
I hope this post will help you!