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考试技巧 Examination Techniques
Planning your campaign | 制定战略计划
The first thing to do is read over, carefully, the entire exam paper. Spend a good ten minutes reading before you write anything. In this time, work out which questions you are going to answer, which order you are going to answer them in, and plan your time in the exam: how much time you are going to spend answering each question. Take careful note of the marking scheme (see later) when making this plan. Write down the plan on the back sheet of your answer book - you can always score it out later. It helps you feel in control, and that helps keep you calm.
Don't be tempted to do a question on subject X just because it's the subject you know the most about. It might be a real stinker of a question. Are you sure you can do it? Which parts can you do? How many marks do you think you could get on the parts of the question you can do? You might find there is another, much easier question on subject Y, which you might not have chosen because you found subject Y is harder, or because one part of the question looks really difficult. Work it out for each part of each question: which question is likely to get you the most marks? Do that one.
Reading the whole question is also important because many questions lead you through a problem - the answer to part a) is used in part b), etc. There might be clues in later parts of the question about what the examiner is expecting. Make sure you spot them.
完整阅读试题是至关重要的技巧 —— 第一部分的答案可能会在接下来的部分里用到。此外，题目里可能藏有出题人提供的解题线索，等着你去破译。
When working out timescales, try and balance the time spend on a part of the question against the marks you will achieve. If it's a 90 minute exam, and it's marked out of 60, then on average you've got 1.5 minutes to get each mark. Plan time accordingly. Remember: exam questions are not about writing down everything you know about a topic - if you do this you'll almost certainly run out of time. You're trying to get the best mark you can on the whole paper, not just on the question you happen to be doing at the time.
Do the easiest questions first | 从简单的题目开始作答
There is absolutely no reason to do the questions in the order they are printed in the exam. I would recommend doing the easiest one(s) first.
There are two reasons for this. Firstly, getting one question safely under your belt at the start of an exam is a wonderful boost to confidence, and can help reduce any feelings of panic that might arise when looking at the harder questions.
这是基于两个原因 —— 首先，在考试开始阶段的顺畅无阻往往会让你更有信心，并且可以帮助你舒缓遇到难题时的紧张心情。
The second reason is that the easiest question is likely to take less time than the average. That means you’ll be ahead of schedule from the start – another good confidence boost. It also means that when you get round to the most difficult question, you are free to spend all the time you have left on it, without having to drop it half-way through and come back to it later, if time permits – not a good idea if it can be avoided.
Look at the marking schemes – there's lots of useful material there | 从分数设置推测答题要求
We have strict marking schemes these days – it's part of the drive to be seen to be fair. So, if there are four marks available for the description of XXX, then the marking scheme will probably have four key points. Mention them all, and you get the marks. Often, for a question like this, I will have a list of five or six points, and give one mark for each of them, up to a maximum of four. One thing you can be (reasonably) certain of: if you haven’t made four key points, you've missed something.
Don't spend half-an-hour writing a long essay for two marks. People still do this. It’s a waste of time – better spent on other parts of the question.
Don't get stuck. Move on. | 持续答题
Avoid writer's block, you haven't got time for it. If you get stuck on a question, move on. Start doing another one. Staring at a question you don't know how to answer is a waste of time, and you'd be amazed how often, when coming back to a question after half-an-hour, it suddenly becomes clear.
如果遇到你不知该如何应对的问题，先跳过并继续答题。盯着一道你不知道答案的问题是在浪费时间 —— 有时候过半个小时再转回来看说不定你灵光一现，难题也就此迎刃而解。
Take a bottle of water in with you | 随身携带水壶
It's a good way of remaining calm. Also, you can get through a lot of nervous sweat during a hard exam. Your body will work better if you replace it. There is research that suggests this can make a significant difference to your grades.
If you're running out of time | 时间不够用该如何应对
Suppose you've got time left to do one question, but two questions left to do. Which one do you choose? The way to maximise your marks is to do the first half of both of them. You gain marks faster at the start of a question than at the end.
If you don't have time to write sentences, but you do know what to do, then just write bullet points. If you don't have time to do the calculations, write and explain what calculations you would do. You can get marks for method.
Never leave an exam early | 杜绝提前离开考场
The only possible excuse for this is when you are absolutely sure that you have got 100%, and that should never happen. There is always something you can do to improve your paper. Check, and check again. When you’ve finished, start back at the beginning, and try to do the questions in different ways, and check they agree. Add more explanations.
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