WHAT SHOULD YOU DO ONE DAY BEFORE THE EXAM AND ON EXAM DAY
By CA, CPA Vinod Kumar Agarwal
DAY BEFORE THE EXAM
- Day before the exam RELAX!!!!
- First and foremost, ask yourself to calm down.
- You have been preparing for this day for the past 4 months. Now, you just have to bring it together.
- Few students fear that they won’t be able to remember what they have studied at the time of writing exams.
- Don’t worry, in exams you would be able to remember most of what you have studied.
- Bring out the notes – Ideally, notes should be prepared for most subjects so that a ready summary is available.
- Go through only the prepared summaries or highlighted portions.
- Sleep as you wish – Sound sleep is essential. It keeps you alert during the exams.
ON THE EXAM DAY
- We would repeat our mantra, RELAX!!!!
- Reach the centre at least half an hour before the exam, adequate stationary, admit card, etc.
- Just an hour to go before exams- Do what makes you more confident when going to the examination room.
- We would, however, suggest at least 30 minutes as cooling off period before the exam starts.
- You have got the paper in hand- So, you don’t know the answer to the first compulsory question. Or our esteemed Institute has again a good on you?
- You don’t have to answer every question in order to clear the exam.
- By answering we don’t mean mere attempting but writing the correct answers.
- You may have attempted 100% of the paper correctly is too much to ask for.
- Focus your efforts on answering the question you know and try attempting the rest of the question.
IN BETWEEN THE EXAM
Total time for paper
Time required for things like glancing through paper initially, writing roll number, signing attendance sheet, trying up sheets, etc
Minimum time for revising the paper
Time left for writing paper
Time available per 1 mark question
- Do not devote too much time to a single question at the expense of others.
- The last ten minutes- Generally this is the time to revise. But revision is not really possible at times.
HOURS AFTER THE EXAM
- Just handed the paper to the invigilator. The exam is over, again the whole cycle starts for next exam
- Don’t check the paper yourself
- Don’t discuss the paper with your fellow students or start searching for answers in the books.
- The best thing to do is to head home.
WRITING AN EXAM
- An examination is the only window through which you interact with the examiner.
- What sets your paper apart is not just the correctness of your answers but also their presentation.
HOW TO ANSWER PRACTICAL QUESTION
- The examiner is interested in knowing how you have derived those answers.
- He wants to knows whether your thinking process was on the right lines.
- Explain the answer to the examiner in a step-wise manner.
HOW TO ANSWER THEORY QUESTION
- Theory question are easy to attempt but difficult to evaluate.
- Break down your answers into paragraphs or points.
- Underline the headings or main points.
- Make the examiner read what you want him to read.
- Institute prohibits the use of pencil or highlighters.
- Bad handwriting and grammatical mistakes create negative impression on examiner.
A GOLDEN RULE-
“If you make it easy for examiner, he’ll make it even easier for you”.
- You should plan your answer first before writing it.
- An effective presentation begins with planning.
All the Best !!!