A week before the examination
=> Look back at your revision programme. Is it complete? Aren’t there some things you want to look at again? Use this week for some focused revision.
=> Review your revision notes every day. Try reviewing your notes without looking at them. Which parts are difficult to remember? Concentrate on learning those parts.
=> Remember that the examination asks you to do things in English. It is not a test of how well you remember your notes. Use your time to do some relaxing things in English.
=> Look back at the written work you did a year ago. Do you see how much you have improved? Think positively about yourself and your achievements.
=> Think about what you are going to wear for the examination. You should be comfortable, but try to choose something special for this special day. This means that when you put on those clothes, you will already be preparing yourself for the examination.
=> Get as much sleep as you can. Don’t waste time worrying about the examination. You will not learn anything by worrying. Find some time to take exercise. You can try to remember phrasal verbs when you are jogging or plan a composition whilst you take a walk.
=> Travel to the place where you will take the examination. Check that you know the way and the time. Use the journey time to plan your examination strategy.
=> Remember to send ‘good luck’ messages to all your friends who are taking the same examination.
=> The night before the examination don’t eat a heavy meal. Eat something light but nutritious. Avoid alcohol. Take some exercise and go to bed early.
On the day of the examination
=> Dress in your ‘examination clothes’ and prepare yourself for this special day. Open and read the ‘good luck’ messages from your friends. Have a good breakfast but don’t drink too much. You shouldn’t feel hungry or uncomfortable in any way during the examination.
=> Check through the ‘time plan’ you have made for the examination. Know how much time you will give to each question. Check you have given yourself time for checking and correcting.
=> Check that you have all the pens and papers you need for the examination. For many examinations you may need some identification papers.
=> As you travel to the place of the examination, remind yourself of your examination strategy.
During the examination
=> Focus your mind on what you have to do. Don’t be distracted by outside things or by other students.
=> Keep an eye on the clock but try not to hurry. Always give yourself time to check your work.
=> Remember you will get no marks for any questions you do not attempt so make sure that you complete as much of the examination as possible.
After the examination
=> Don’t worry about the mistakes you made and the things you got wrong. You will have a long wait for the results so go out and enjoy your freedom!
=> The results are not as good as you expected? Well, you can always take the examination again. You are now a better, more organised person and a better learner. It will be much easier next time.
=> The results are good? Congratulations!