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10 Commandments in Taking Examination

YOU DON’T HAVE to be a nerd to get good grades or to pass an examination. Anyone can do it by recognizing and employing some effective techniques before and during examination.
Most students and examinees fail to pass examination because they lack preparation, others take exam by simply relying on their ‘talent to guess’. Such scenario will not help you to attain your goal. Remember that aside from your personal dream, your family has expectations of you.
 
Consider the following points; they may help you attain your goal to pass examination. These are the Ten Commandments in taking examination:

1. Do not come into the testing arena late and unprepared.
To be a successful examiner, you must do a lot of preparation before taking the examination. Having hard time in studying and reviewing the pertinent lessons are the keys in passing the examination.

2. Do not under estimate your capacity.
Do not underestimate your capacity as a learning agent. Your will power and confidence could bring about achieving your goal. Have a positive outlook. If you become nervous, take a deep breaths and relax.

3. Do not answer any item without fully understanding the instruction/direction.
Though you may know the answer in the questions, it is important also that you must know how to answer the test. Always remember that instruction is a vital part of the test.

4. Do not forget to read between the lines.
Do not make an assumption. It is vital to read each question with comprehension. Some examinees failed because they don’t pay attention to the details of the exam.

5. Do not cheat
“Honesty is always the best policy”. Always remember that you are given a test not just to measure what you know, but also to evaluate your values.

6. Do not stay on difficult questions.
Consider the easiest problem first. Especially when there’s strict time limit, do not stuck on difficult questions for they will just consume most of your time. Just go back to the difficult question when you still have time to answer.

7. Do not rush.
Keep your cool. Pace yourself. Comprehend each question before answering. You might loss in focus if you are rattling for time or something. Take your time and relax.

8. Do not leave unanswered question.
Especially when you still have time to answer, do not hesitate to take a guess to questions of which you don’t have an idea. Guessing is far better than leaving an item blank or unanswered.

9. Do not write vaguely.
Always consider that answer that is not readable is always considered wrong. Bear in your mind that neatness and readability matter.

10. Do not forget to review your answers and to thank God.
If time still permits it, check back and review your answers. You might have overlooked some of the questions and answers. Be sure that you don’t make any careless mistakes. Thank God for the wisdom and strength that he had given you. Think that taking and finishing the test well is already a blessing.

References:
educationatlas.com
testtakingtips.com
actstudent.org
studygs.net
teachervision.fen.com
ncsu.edu

About the Author
Ivan Y. Arbuis, the contributor, is a graduate of La Consolacion School, Bacolod City. He graduated from Binalbagan Catholic College with a degree of Bachelor in Secondary Education major in Social Studies. He is currently employed in DepEd., Nagpayong High School, Pasig City as a Social Studies Teacher. Ivan believes that true education is one that sets people free from the bondage of ignorance, poverty, state aggression, foreign dominion, and religious fanaticism.


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