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Key Study Skills

Using the reading time effectively

Exam Basics: Using reading time effectively

Usually before an exam begins you are given 10-15  minutes to read through the exam. This is valuable time in which to:

  • get an overview of the entire exam;
  • plan how much time to spend on each part of the exam;
  • pay particular attention to the instructions.  They will tell you: what you have to do, which questions are compulsory, which are optional, how many questions you have to answer and the mark allocations;
  • select the questions that you will do and the order in which you will complete them. Mark any compulsory questions;
  • consider doing multi-choice questions first as they often remind you of ideas;
  • starting with an easier essay question can be a good way to “get into the exam” and to increase your confidence.