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Exam Technique Quiz: 23 Questions to see how much you know

How good are you at sitting exams?

Do you annihilate them? Or do they tend to annihilate you?

Based on my 23 Exam Tip blogs, here’s a light-hearted quiz to see how much you know.

The answer key is at the end.


1. How important are your exams?

a) Very

b) They’re exams

c) Never thought about it

2. The best time to start preparing for your exams is...

a) now

b) a month before your exams

c) a week before your exams

3. When it’s time to revise, you generally...

a) get nervous

b) get distracted

c) get started

4. Do you stick to your revision timetable?

a) Mostly

b) Occasionally

c) What’s a revision timetable?

5. Have you read the Examiners’ Report of last year’s exam?

a) Got it and read it

b) It’s on my to-do list

c) What’s an Examiners’ Report?

6. Have you read the Exam Specifications?

a) Got it and read it

b) That’s on my to-do list as well, honestly!

c) What’s a specification?

7. Have you read the exam rules and regulations?

a) Got them and read them

b) I have a very long to-do list

c) Seriously? There are rules?

8. How many different copies of past exam papers and practice papers have you got?

a) 0

b) 1 or 2

c) 3 or more

9. Do you know what a perfect answer paper looks like?

a) Yes

b) No

10. Who is helping you with your revision? (You may choose more than one answer)

a) Study buddy

b) Family

c) Teacher/tutor

d) No one

11. When I look back through my study notes, I find mostly...

a) illegible scribble

b) stuff copied directly from class

c) useful comments to help me revise

d) doodles and drawings of the teacher

12. What’s your stress level before your exam?

a) Nuclear meltdown

b) Slightly nervous/apprehensive

c) Completely relaxed

13. How do you honestly think your exam will go?

a) It’ll be a disaster

b) What will be, will be

c) I’m well prepared, it will be fine

14. When do you start checking that you’ve got all the things for your exam?

a) A few days before

b) A few hours before

c) A few minutes before

15. How many hours of sleep will you get the night before?

a) Less than 5

b) Between 5 and 7

c) A solid 7+

16. Your main objective on the day of your exam is to...

a) cram in as much revision as possible

b) dose up on caffeine and try to stay awake

c) get to the exam as mentally focussed as possible

17. The stress of taking an exam can cause you to make silly mistakes. Do you agree?

a) Yes

b) Occasionally

c) I don’t make silly mistakes

18. When you start the exam, you...

a) read the whole paper first

b) start answering questions immediately

c) read until you find a question you like and answer that

19. Do you plan the time you’ll spend on each question during an exam?

a) Usually

b) Sometimes

c) Never

20. In what order do you answer the questions?

a) In the order they are printed

b) Easy questions first

c) Difficult questions first

21. In addition to writing the correct answer, what else could influence your marks? (You can choose more than one answer)

a) Handwriting

b) Grammar, spelling and punctuation

c) Layout of answers

d) Humorous comments

22. You leave answering a question halfway through...

a) only if it’s time to move on

b) only if you get stuck

c) never. You always finish what you start

23. You finish answering the last question with 10 minutes to go. What do you do?

a) Stare at the clock

b) Watch everyone else still struggling

c) Check all your answers

d) Worry about why you’ve finished so early


Answers: Q1: a= 2, b=0, c=0 Q2: a=2, b=1, c=0, Q3: a=1, b=0, c=2 Q4: a=2, b=1, c=0 Q5: a=2, b=1, c=0 Q6: a=2, b=1, c=0 Q7: a=2, b=1, c=0 Q8: a=0, b=1, c=2 Q9: a=2, b=0 Q10: a=1, b=1, c=1, d=0 Q11: a=0, b=1, c=2, d=-9 Q12: a=0, b=2, c=1 Q13: a=0, b=1, c=2 Q14: a=2, b=1, c=0 Q15: a=0, b=1, c=2 Q16: a=0, b=0, c=2 Q17: a=2, b=1, c=0 Q18: a=2, b=0, c=0 Q19: a=2, b=1, c=0 Q20: a=0, b=2, c=0 Q21: a=1, b=1, c=1, d=0 Q22: a=2, b=1, c=0 Q23: a=0, b=0, c=2, d=0


Less than 10: You’re being silly, aren’t you?

11 to 25: It’s a good job you’ve found this blog. There’s a lot you can do to get those grades up.

26 to 40: You’ve clearly got the right idea but there is room for improvement.

More than 40: Congratulations! You seem to know the theory. Can you put it into practice?

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