10 Tips for Top Scores in Exams

Scoring well in exams is no rocket science and anyone can master it if he or she knows the trick.  Discover the secrets of getting those covered high scores in your exams with these proven tips!

1. Allocate Appropriate Time

Before you begin, scan the entire question paper and make a good selection of the questions you’d like to attempt. Allocate time for every question as some questions may need more time than others. Always allot time to each question based on the marks. For instance, if a question carries 15 marks and the other one carries 20 marks, you need to devote more time to the latter one.

2. Concentration

Be fully attentive while writing the exam, both physically and mentally. Avoid any distractions and don’t look here and there. Keep all necessary items with you so that you don’t have to ask anyone for them. Remember, soldiers without arms never won the battle.

3. Handwriting

Good handwriting, at least in school exams, brings in extra marks. Neat, legible handwriting leads the examiner to check the papers more generously and give you bonus marks. Clear handwriting is, indeed, a good way to get that coveted high exam score.

4. Quality Content

DO NOT stuff your answers with unwanted trash. Filling pages after pages will NOT get you more marks as they are awarded mainly for quality writing.

5. Avoid Grammatical Mistakes

They irritate! As far as possible, avoid grammatical and spelling mistakes. Use short sentences as longer ones are more difficult to handle. Have a variety of sentence structures in simple language and avoid complex terms (unless it is a technical paper).

6. Accentuate Your Answer

Emphasize your answer by drawing diagrams. Draw flow charts to illustrate your grasp, especially in science subjects, geography and geometry. Highlight the main points and words in your answer by underlining them.  They are more likely to grab the examiner’s attention and be read first. Keep the answer neat without any cuts and strokes.

7. Use “Paragraphing”

For long answers, use proper paragraphs. After every three or four points, make a new paragraph. Besides, inter-connected paragraphs should begin with transitional words like Consequently, Therefore, Nevertheless etc.

8. Sequencing

A point-wise answer will earn you far better marks than a long, winding essay-type answer. Highlight your answer point-wise, beginning with the most important one, down to the least important. Pay attention to your writing style, it may fetch you some bonus points.

9. Balancing Your Writing

Illustrating your answers excessively results in a scarcity of time for other questions. Similarly, if you write too little, you will end up missing the main ideas. Invariably, the result will be a loss of marks. Balance it out to score better.

10. Check and Re-check your Answer Paper

Try to finish your paper at least 20 minutes before time so that you have enough time to check all your answers. You can see if every question has been numbered correctly and if any questions are left  unanswered.