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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:15 am 
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Does anyone have any general advice on exam technique?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:02 pm 
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TNM47 wrote:
Does anyone have any general advice on exam technique?


Number 1: Listen to instructions
Number 2: Read the instructions on the paper
Number 3: Read the question before you answer it.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:10 pm 
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ToadMum wrote:
TNM47 wrote:
Does anyone have any general advice on exam technique?


Number 1: Listen to instructions
Number 2: Read the instructions on the paper
Number 3: Read the question before you answer it.


Perfect Toadmum.
We had a huge sign saying “RTQ” Read The Question! in the classroom.

It is the main reason for wrong answers


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:18 pm 
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Number 4: Answer it in the right place on the answer sheet.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:30 am 
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Don’t spend too long on one question - if you can't do it, move on to the next one otherwise you may run out of time.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:03 pm 
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TNM47 wrote:
Does anyone have any general advice on exam technique?


If all the questions are weighted equally then don't spend too long on one question when you could do 3 others in the same time.

Similarly, if one question awards 4 marks and requires a more detailed explanation, don't spend too long on short answers that award 1 mark.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:31 pm 
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Find out the format, how many questions there are in each section and how many minutes you get. Then child knows approx how much time to spend per question. Practice it.
During exam, make a note of start and finish time - my child said they were told how many minutes they had but no finish time up on a board.
If running out of time, go to the last few and answer the same for every question, eg put D for them all, to cut down on thinking time. This is especially true in NVR where it's almost impossible to answer the questions in the 30 seconds (10 questions in 5 minutes).


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