How do you feel when you hear the word “Exam Hall or Examination center”?
Scared? Terrified? Nervous?
Am I right?
Maybe Yes… Maybe No!
Because if one is ready with all the study preparations along with some extra booster tips to enter into the exam room, he/she would not feel these kinds of feelings. That person is fully aware and prepared inside his/her mind and outside as well.
Exam hall is the place where our knowledge has been tested for the course/courses/subjects that we have learned over 1 or 2 years. In the stipulated time duration of 3 hours (may vary from examination to examination), our entire 1-year study and learnings are examined by the boards of studies. These 3 hours are the decision-makers of your future upcoming. So, here are some important points to consider while entering the examination center/hall.
When I was a student, my topmost fear was the gaps between the two papers. I was in a constant state of worry, have I interpreted my exam timetable correctly? Next paper is tomorrow or the day after tomorrow? And likewise…
So, the first and the foremost step before the examination is to note down your exam timetable correctly and stick it on your study table, wall of the room, or if you are a digital person, then on your sticky notes of computer/laptop/tablet screen. Put reminder for each paper with the date, time, and subject name.
The second important thing is to download/issue your hall tickets at least one week before the examination. Read all the instructions on it carefully.
Locate your exam center a day or two before the first paper as it will help to avoid the last-minute searching of the roads and center.
Examination Day Preparations:
- Head towards the center as early as possible. Reach the center at least 1 hour before the commencement of the test. Check your allotted classrooms and keep that in your mind.
- Use the washroom before the exam starts.
- Check that you have carried all the necessary exam materials and drawing instruments before entering the exam hall. You need pens, a pencil, eraser, sharpener, geometry box, etc. Always carry more than one in quantity for the safer side.
- Once you enter the classroom, check your sitting. If you found any scrambled papers or rough papers, pick them up and submit them to the exam invigilator or throw it away.
- After receiving the answer sheet, check the binding of it, the number of papers, and page numbers printed on it. If you receive a torn/damaged answer sheet, immediately return it to the invigilator and ask for the fresh one.
- Read all the instructions carefully.
- Fill in all the credentials (basic pieces of the information) correctly and carefully. Write down your roll number, subject name, examination name, etc. (whatever necessary information is asked). Pay attention while filling in this information.
- Invigilators should sign all the answer sheets. Make sure your answer sheet is signed by the invigilator. If you are taking supplementary, get it signed as well.
- Make suitable margins on the left and right sides of the paper considering your writing area. (Optional step)
- After receiving the question paper, pay attention to the instructions given on top of it carefully. Take a deep breath and read all the questions carefully.
- Make a strategy to solve the questions. Always start with the question which makes you more comfortable and confident to go with.
- Answer all the easy and known questions first. Then go for the ascending order of complexities.
- Write down the question number for the specific answer in a neat and clean format. Recheck it.
- Draw all the required diagrams/figures with pencils only. Write down the figure name below it (not above).
- Always go for concise bullet points instead of long boring paragraphs.
- Underline the important statement/words if you feel to highlight it.
- Pay attention to the invigilators for any verbal instructions if given.
- Try to attempt all the questions asked.
- Recheck your entire answers along with the question number written. Recheck the basic details (Roll no. specifically). Check the invigilator’s sign on the main answer sheet and the additional sheets attached.
- Once you are done with checking, you are all set to submit your answer sheet after the time is over.
- Do not use your hall ticket to write down such data especially with ink pens.
- Do not use colorful pens. Either blue or black ink is allowed to write on the answer sheet.
- Do not write anything on the question paper (except your roll number).
- Do not write anything on your palms, hands.
- Do not carry any extra papers, digital/electronics equipment with you.
- Do not attempt any kind of malicious behavior such as cheating, copying from others, etc. It is strictly punishable as per academic rules and regulations. You may get suspended as well.
- Do not try to switch or change your sitting arrangement.
- Do not overwrite the basic information filled in.
- Avoid observing the other students as well as panicked ones.
- Do not spend more time than needed on a single question. Remember you have to cover all the questions within the stipulated time.
- Do not leave the exam hall before the given time.
- Always carry a water bottle with you (transparent one if possible). Keep yourself hydrated for the entire exam time.
- Just calm down and relax before taking the exam and throughout it.
- Always recheck the details and question numbers given to the specific answers.
- Remember, this is just an exam and you have prepared for it for so long. Believe that you can do well.
Be confident and rock the exam.
All the very best!!!
Ms. Pranjali Tete