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Examination Techniques: Guidelines to Effective Preparation for Examinations


Date Posted: 5/6/2018 3:47:01 AM

Posted By: celestinemuchika  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 625


1. Read all instructions first and understand them for the whole paper.Never assume that you know the instructions.

2. Read and understand each question at a moderate speed without panic and anxiety.

3. Think carefully about the points required; interpret the question once more to avoid misconceptions.

4. Understand key words that will guide your points.

5. Check marks allocated to each question to guide you on the depth of your answer and also not to waste time

6. Plan your answer and organize presentation.In essay type questions,your first paragraph should create a positive impression on the mind of the examiner.

7. Your handwriting should be clear and neat.

8. Use correct grammatical expressions; avoid shortened forms of words or agent.
9. In essay type questions,pause at the end of each paragraph;re-read the question to be sure you are at grips with it.


Be keen on keywords used in the questions to guide you on the depth of your answer,for example discuss,describe,explain,compare,contrast,comment on,state,mention,outline,name,make a list on,highlight,account for,define ,narrate,distinguish,identify,solve,evaluate deduce,elucidate,classify and tabulate.


1. Read and follow the instructions given by the examiner,for instance,do not write on the question paper.

2. Select questions wisely where a choice is offered.You may use elimination technique.

3. Organize your answers in a logical manner.

4. Respond correctly to key words such as consider,assess,analyze,criticize,critically evaluate.

5. Write good,clear interesting answers for the essay questions

6. Adopt answer styles that are appropriate for the question.

7. Distinguish between the important and unimportant details of the question.

8. Prepare rough answer plans quickly before answering.

9. Be disciplined over the use of time in the examination.


A candidate may have objectives that differ totally from those of both the examiner and the teacher but will have been influenced largely by ideas picked up from his or her parents,peers and teachers

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