Passing exams

Learn good exam techniques

Writing your answers

  • Don’t base your answers on the assumption that the examiner will know what you're talking about. Express yourself clearly and simply, even to the point of "stating the obvious".
  • Write legibly. Incomplete but readable answers will receive more marks than complete but illegible ones.
  • If you run out of time for one question, simply leave a space and move on to the next question.
  • If you do find that you have missed out an important point, write it in a box and indicate clearly where it should have gone.
  • Should you run out of time, give a brief outline of what you were planning to write and the conclusions you would have reached: "If I had the time to develop my argument fully I would have shown that..."
  • Never cross out your plans or rough work.