Top Ten Common Mistakes Made While Taking Exams

Exams can be daunting so if you've got one coming up, 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

Ahem, school is the worse I'm not going to score all A ima score C D F cause the purpose of school was to put children in there to turn them from creative thinkers to obidient factory workers. Go and see the history of the education system add evil to it and you get the videos and even ones too controversial to be released to public

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!

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.

I forgot to do a whole page once. The teacher counted it as everything wrong, but I probably would've gotten everything wrong if I actually did it anyways, so it's a win win!

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!

3 Not managing your time effectively

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.

The best way is always to skip questions if you can't do them. You can always go back to them at the end and maybe you can figure them out otherwise you might waste the whole time trying to figure out something you don't know and get nothing.

4 Accidentally picking the wrong answer in a multiple choice question

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.

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

5 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.

If you have a clear mind and you're absolutely sure what to do after reading the question thoroughly, you've made sensible calculations and gotten a reasonable answer, don't start overthinking it. Move on and check the question again briefly after you finish. 99% of the time, you will only get the answer wrong after overthinking it.

6 Not reviewing your answers

It's just dumb to have extra time and not check your answers before turning in your test. For one thing, you'll immediately start regretting your answers after turning in without checking, like, "Maybe I should have selected C instead of B," or "Should I have written 38 instead of 37?" Checking your answers will relieve all this stress. And believe me, IT DOES HELP. I started getting much better scores and overall grades in the respective subjects when I started checking my work. I caught several of my mistakes and it's really helped my grades.

7 Doing 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.

Your brain is going to be overloaded with information and will be repeating that info over and over in your head, not allowing you to focus on the question.

I have a hard time doing too much of it.

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.

Often the problem isn't knowing the meaning..., it's naturally trying to describe it using words

9 Using 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.

I just can't with this one. I almost never do incorrect grammar and spelling because it is my biggest pet peeve and it's annoying as crap.

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

10 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.

Biggest disaster while taking exam, but not common.

Imagine not putting your name on the exam. Literally the easiest part

The Contenders
11 Not showing your work

Teachers: If you don't show your work it's wrong!
Also Teachers: Give Barely any space to show work

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

12 Skipping questions when subsequent questions rely on that question
13 Not putting the correct unit of measurement on your answers
14 Filling in the wrong Scantron circle

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

15 Trying to finish quickly
16 Not using margins
17 Failing to plan your answers
18 Overgeneralizing
19 Making simple mathematical errors

Because 1 times 1 is 1 and it has a really common mistake.

20 Looking around during the exam

This is literally the worst - you're stuck on a question so you look up to see the stressful environment that completely throws you off your thoughts

21 Forgetting to indent
22 Handwriting a question that is supposed to be typewritten
23 Not switching the plus or minus sign when bringing a number to the other side of an equation
24 Not writing the date
25 Not staying calm

Freaking out and getting scared is the WORST thing you can do on an exam. You won't be able to think clearly, resulting in a worse score than you would have gotten if you just took a couple deep breaths and stayed calm.

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