Top Ten Common Mistakes Made In Exams

Exams can be daunting so if you've got one coming up whenever, take these tips from me about the most common mistakes and how to avoid them. I've been through this as well so I know about these mistakes. I haven't made them all but that doesn't mean that I don't know them.

The Top Ten

1 Attempting the question before reading it thoroughly

I've done this before... So you see a question which looks so easy, you blaze through it thinking you'll get all the marks and then when you reach the end you check through your answers and think what the hell have I done here? That's not what the question said at all! - Cazaam

I do this every time now, before this mistake happened a lot! - micahisthebest

I also do this but now I'm very attentive - Righteous

Not only I do this, but I also
Attempting the question before reading THE INSTRUCTION

2 Leaving a question blank

This is the number one no-no of an exam. NEVER leave a question blank. If you do, you've thrown away those marks and for what? At least if you tried you might have gotten one of those marks... But leaving the question blank isn't going to get you anywhere. - Cazaam

One time, I forgot to answer a whole question and just skipped it, but the teacher still gave me points because she said she knew I could have done it! Yay!

This has happened to me a couple of times and it is really annoying! - micahisthebest

Ummm I may have done that once or twice or maybe a lot of times 😐

3 Accidentally picking the wrong answer in a multiple choice question

Then you have to make a poor attempt to erase the mark, which will probably smudge all over, or is just there to stay - Haumea

Make sure to look which answer you're choosing to avoid the mistake of picking "C" instead of "B" for example. Checking your answers after may help you find these little but costly mistakes. - Cazaam

4 A lack of time management

Make sure to have time at the end of the exam to look back at your answers. Make sure to not spend too much time on a question. Utilise the time given in the exam to give yourself the most efficient method of answering the questions. Keep a balance between speed and carefulness. - Cazaam

That's a really big problem... I either write my exams quickly and do mistakes or I'm just running out of time! - Fan_of_Good_Music

Yeah, this happen to my Maths exam & after that I increase my writing speed - Righteous

At my school, we do not have time limits.

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5 Not reviewing your answers

What does santa do after making his list? He checks it twice, just like you should once finishing all the questions. If you don't check your answers over, who knows what mistakes you've made? You never know, you might have missed a whole page because they stuck together... Trust me, this has happened to me. - Cazaam

After I take a quiz or test I review at least 3x before turning it in.

This should be in the Top 3.
You do the question, you maybe check it once too fast to actually find mistakes, move on.
You then finish the exam.
86% of students check it once WHILE they're doing the question and don't check the whole paper after they've finished it.
If you're Asian like me and you get a SLIGHTLY bad grade, boy are you dead. - UsernameDoesNotBotherMe

6 Too much revision

Too much is just as bad as not revising at all. If you revise too long it may turn you into a procrastinator or a perfectionist and whilst you've been spending so much time on the first two questions trying to perfect them, you've only done 2 out of 15 of the questions and used up half the time already. - Cazaam

7 Overthinking a question

You look at a question, answer it and then think something doesn't look right. Sometimes it might be that you haven't read the question properly so in that case read it properly and answer the question. Other times it may be the exam panic getting to you and it makes you think that you answered a question wrong when you didn't. This leads to the overthinking and retraction of correct answers for the inclusion of wrong ones. - Cazaam

I hate this. The answer that I'm after is always right in front of me but I always plunge too deep. - PositronWildhawk

I hate this. Sometimes I take fifteen minutes on a problem that should take everyone else three minutes. - DogsUnleashed


8 Not knowing the meaning of key words

By this I mean the "Explain" questions especially. Many people just describe for an explain question and pick up only 1 or 2 of the marks when there's 6 available. For an Explain question use PEE. (I have no idea why it's called that) Make a point, point out some evidence to support the point and then add an explanation for why this is the case. It's that easy but we all fall into the trap of key words. - Cazaam

9 Not putting your name on the exam

And finally we have this failure. If you do this, all that effort you've put into the questions is probably going to go to waste because that invigilator who marks the exam papers doesn't know you just by your handwriting. Even if your handwriting is as bad as mine, the invigilator will still not know and you will fail because you made this stupid mistake. - Cazaam

My old teacher used to give zeroes if you didn't put your name on tests

In my class for every grade,if you do not put your name on I think it is minus five points (minus five percent) - mathguy37

I took a test and forgot to put my name. I got a C on the test, I would've gotten a B if I put my name. - Imreallyboredrightnow

10 Bad spelling and grammar

Some questions, especially those with more marks will want good English to be used. This means no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors as if these are included, the chance of getting full marks on these questions becomes very hard if not impossible. - Cazaam

I personally do not know how I could make a bad spelling error because I normally check myself over

Bad speling and gramer hm thatd nevr haps to me

The Contenders

11 Revising stuff that doesn't even appear on the exam

But your not supposed to know what's gonna be in our exams in our school

But how you ever know that specifically?! - Ananya

12 Circling the correct answer, but picking the wrong one on the scantron

Sometimes, we're not allowed to write directly on the tests. Only the scant ron.

13 Skipping the first question and realising the next one is based on that question

BRUH, don't even get me started...

14 Not showing your work

At my school, if you don’t show your work, you get no points!

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