The Exams Are Starting: How to Pass, Part I

Author: Dan Keating/16 May 2018/Categories: Leaving Cert, Junior Cert, Parents, Help them Revise

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Want to know how to pass your exams? Here's how.

The Exams Are Starting: How to Pass, Part I

In this series of blogs we consider everything you need to know and do to perform in the exams about to begin, continuing with how to pass.

You’d think that knowing everything you can about the subject, being on time for the exam, and answering as many questions as the time allows would be enough, right?

Well you’d be wrong.

Read our previous exam-time blogs:

The Exams Are Starting: How to Study, Part I

The Exams Are Starting: How to Study, Part II

If you’re serious about passing your exam, and even if you know every ounce of content there is to know for it, you still need to complete your exam sensibly, to be strategic.

So, with the above in mind, here is Part I of our expert guide on how to pass an exam. Any exam.

1) Prep in advance

Know the exam paper: the number of sections/questions, the time allowed for each section/question, and the marks available for each section/question.

2) Plan for the exam

Now that you know the exam inside-out, draw up your battle plan, one you can practise at home and during mock exams.

As an example, take an exam paper that has 3 sections, A, B, and C. A and C are both worth 40% of the final mark while B’s worth 20%. The exam lasts for 2 hours.

Even if ‘B’ is your best section, you should always complete ‘A’ or ‘C’ first as they are worth more marks. So, based on your work throughout the year, decide your best section of ‘A’ and ‘C’ and answer it first, then complete the section you didn’t choose.

This means you’ll leave ‘B’ till last. ‘B’ is worth fewer marks; and, if you run short of time in the exam, struggling to complete ‘B’ will mean you fewer marks than not giving ‘A’ and ‘C’ your best shot.

3) Practise exam papers

Practise your preparation and planning by completing mock versions of the exam: treat your mock exams as the real thing, complete any assessments your teacher gives you, and complete exam questions and papers at home as part of your revision.

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