CAIB Study Tip # 10 – Preparing for the Exam Day

Get at least 8-10 hours of sleep. If you are tired, you will not be able to concentrate. You also want to wake up early so that you do not need to rush through having breakfast and getting ready.

Check the venue and time of the exam to make sure that you have not confused the day/time/venue. Watch the weather and be sure to plan accordingly if the road conditions may be slowing you down. If you arrive late, no additional time will be provided.

Head to the exam with plenty of time to spare. A lot of unexpected events can happen on your way there and you do not want to be late! Also be sure to go to the washroom before the exam starts. Exams can be quite long and there is no time to waste.

Be aware of the area you are planning on sitting in. For example, if there are people around who are panicking, avoid them. They are not doing you any favours! Also if you are easily distracted, chose a location facing a wall or away from the doors so you are not tempted to watch everyone else.

Read all the questions carefully before starting and quickly plan how much time to allocate to each to ensure you do not run out of time. And as many rooms do not have a clock in them, bring a watch to help keep you on pace.

Look through the paper to check if there are any difficult questions that take a lot of time and leave them to the last. You don’t have to do the test in the order it is written. Work easy problems first to build your confidence and calm yourself down. When coming back to the tough questions, you will know you have at least made a decent grade, and you know how long you have left. Then if you get correct answer to these questions, it’s like you have bonus marks.

If your brain freezes, just start writing anything and you will soon start remembering more details. You can always cross off what you wrote and put the correct answer below it once your memory is jogged.

Go into the test in a positive manner. It’s proven that if you think that you are going to do well on the test then most of the time your grade will be higher than if you think you are going to do poorly on the material.

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