Plan your time for an exam
Planning and managing your time when you are preparing for or sitting in an exam is very important. It is a point which can make a clear difference to your results. There are some tips for you how you can plan your time for an exam.
- Practice the earlier exam formats so you may know the number and types of questions you will be asked. In this way you will be able plan how you will allocate your time before you go to the exam.
- Take some time to read all the questions thoroughly before start of exam.
- Try to solve compulsory questions first and if there is option, decide which questions to answer first.
- Allocate time for each question and try to finish that question in allocated time. An early practice well before exam can be helpful.
- Most exams are three hours long (180 minutes), after you have allocated the time to each question, try to save 15 minutes at the end for the purpose of revisions of questions. This will be helpful in removing your mistakes.
- If the exam is of 100 marks, you have just over 1½ minutes per mark. So, for example, a 20-mark question should take about 30 minutes and not more than that. If there is a 25 marks question, then allocate 25% time to it.
- Allocate the time to each question as per their weightage of marks and stick to that time, remember you have to save 15 minutes for last revision.
- If you completed your exam before time, check your work again.
- Try to attempt all the question do not leave any question which has wieghtage.
- If you run out of time in long questions, try to mention main ideas and key phrases in that question so that examiner know that where you are going with essay. In this way you may get some additional marks.