Taking Exams

The majority of subjects at UBSS have examinations during (usually mid-semester) and at the end of semester. Exams are a way of testing your knowledge and application of the subject matter. Tips to successfully take exams include:

Being Organised

  • Ensure you have diarised the date, time and location of the exam/s BEFORE the exam commences;
  • Allow enough travel time from home to the GCA campus to ensure you arrive EARLY  for the exam;
  • Read the exam rules and guidelines sent to you BEFORE the exam commences;
  • Attend classes before the exam – the lecturer is likely to give you tips on the exam format, length, etc;
  • Develop a study plan in ADVANCE of the exam dates. Your study plan should cover all the readings you were assigned as well as notes posted on Moodle by the lecturer. You should start studying at least 2 weeks before the exam to ensure that you have enough time to re-read and practise the material;
  • The night before the exam – review all your notes and the Moodle material; set your alarm to ensure you get up on time and do not miss the train/bus;  go to bed early and get enough sleep  
  • The morning of the exam:ensure you have packed all materials you are permitted to take into the exam – double check your bag before you leave home; Take an earlier bus/train to ensure that you are not late for the start of the exam;  make sure you have something to eat before the exam;
  • Outside the exam room – re-read your notes; try and remain calm, follow the invigilator’s instructions; make sure you have been to the toilet before the exam starts! Make sure you only have material that is permitted in the exam room – double check the inside of your glasses case, calculator case, etc to ensure that you do not take prohibited material into the  exam room. 

Studying Effectively

  • Take your own notes when studying – this will help you summarise key facts and arguments in your own words and improves your understanding and ability to remember the information;
  • Do not start studying the night before the exam! You will cause yourself undue stress, sleep deprivation and anxiety – plan ahead!
  • Try and remain calm – remember, the exam tests material you have been taught or asked to read during the semester. If you attend class regularly, completed all the readings before and after class and submitted and passed all assessments during the semester, you should feel confident in passing the final exam;

Coping during the exam :

  • Abide by the exam rules and invigilators' instructions at all times;
  • Read the instructions on the exam paper carefully;
  • Keep track of the time of each section of the exam paper;
  • Answer questions or a section of the exam you feel knowledgeable about first – this will give you confidence early in the exam;
  • If you can not answer a question – move on to the next question and come back to it later;
  • If you are having a mental blank – try and visualise your notes or the material you read; take a deep breath – if you can’t remember, move onto another question and return to the question later;
  • think about what each question means and what you are expected to provide in the answer  - this is called “answering the question” - don’t put in irrelevant information or unnecessary detail as it is unlikely to help you;
  • Answer all questions required  in the paper – the more questions you  attempt to answer with relevant information, the greater the chance you have of passing;
  • Check your answers before you finish – you may remember some important details to add to an answer, or  notice a calculation error that can be corrected, etc 

Reference was made to the Charles Darwin University study skills site when compiling this information.