How to Answer Exam Questions: Every time I am in the exam Hall, cracking the nut with my pen, all I think of is writing lengthy so that I prove I have written well. But soon I discovered that;
It is not how long you write in the exam Hall that matters but the way you present the answers to your exam questions determines how well you will be marked.
The impression you give to your examiner while he or she marks your answer script will determine to a great extent how you will be scored. To help you develop the skill of answering exam questions properly, I have enumerated tips below for answering exam questions.
How to Answer Exam Questions?
- Read the instructions carefully
- Always begin the questions you know best
- Be as brief as possible while stating the main points
- Write down answers readably and neatly
- Let the answers stand out
- Leave yourself 10 minutes at the end of the exam period to re-read both the questions and your answers.
Ok, let’s explain further!
1. Read the instructions carefully:
“He that starts his exams by first going through the instructions and then following them has started preparing himself for a good result”.Nigerian Scholars
I can relate to an experience I had during one of my examinations, I entered the exam hall without reading instructions, too excited to answer because I knew the questions, but I answer the wrong questions and later realize it. I wouldn’t want such for you.
Before looking at the actual questions, read the instructions. Are there compulsory questions? You can lose more marks by answering the wrong number or wrong combination of questions than by answering the right number of questions.
2. Always begin the questions you know best:
Firstly, when you open your question paper, Mark any questions you might answer, and then check that you fully understand them.
Do you have some relevant knowledge or ideas for the ones you choose to answer? If you do not understand a question, it’s best to leave it.
starting with the questions you know best gives you the confidence to go on and tackle the other questions you know less about.
3. Be as brief as possible while stating the main points:
A lot of students think that being “brief” simple means giving answers to questions in two or three lines…no no no
Being as brief as possible in the exam situation means focusing on the main points, Write all that you know about that question but do it with as much reasonable brevity as possible. Most examiners like people that present their points clearly and are straight to the point.
4. Write down answers readably and neatly:
Handwriting is a very important skill that you can’t miss out on, especially if you want to answer your questions rightly.
Writing legibly goes a long way to determine the attitude of your examiner to your answer script which of course determines how well you will be scored.
Arrange your points and answers in a way that will reduce the examiner’s stress in trying to read your answer script.
5. Let the answers stand out:
When you are answering any exam question, Don’t beat around the bush for lengthy writing.
Write down your answer in a manner in which your examiner can easily locate them without stressing him or herself.
I recommend you to use a rectangular box to enclose your answers or writing them in a way that is bolder than other texts on your answer script so that your answer can stand out.
6. Leave yourself 10 minutes at the end of the exam period to re-read both the questions and your answers.
After writing for 1 hour plus? I think it’s time to drop the pen and Read all that you have written.
If you notice any spelling errors or maybe you forgot to number your answers then this is the right opportunity to do so.
What not to write as an answer:
I know how ridiculous students can be especially when they don’t know the answers to questions, below are the answers you should not give any questions about during the exam.
Don’t try to shoehorn in something interesting just because you have revised it. If it isn’t relevant to the question it can lose you marks.
Don’t repeat a memorised essay just because it seems to be on the right topic. The question may be asking for a different approach.
Don’t use text speak or colloquialisms.
Don’t say “I think” or “in my opinion”. Instead have ideas that are supported or opposed by your evidence.
Above all, don’t be tempted to write a note to the examiner explaining how you missed the lectures on this topic because your housemate stole your alarm clock….
After the exam?
Well, All you can do now is tap your chest and say” I have done my best and I leave the rest to the creator.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?