How to Write Your Exam Papers (TIPS)


 

Hey everyone! You may recall me promising that I would be posting tips on how to write your answers well. Anyway, here they are:

1. Keep your answers left justified. Don’t leave an inch of space next to the the left margin and then begin writing your answers.

2. Write in points as much as you can, except in English papers. Don’t write a whole paragraph explaining something that either does not need explaining, or that has not even been asked.

3. Read the question very carefully. Re-read the question. Ask yourself what the question is asking. If you know the answer, then write it. If you’re confused, try your best to make sense of what the question may be asking. If you can’t, then use your brains and make a smart guess.

4. Don’t leave any question. Don’t skip any question. Don’t leave the space blank. Examiners are always looking for technical terms or points where they may be able to give you marks. They aren’t always there to eat your heads off! Even if you don’t know the correct answer, make a guess. There is no negative marking so you have nothing to lose.

5. Check your answer sheet. Check it twice. If you have the time, check it thrice. While checking, don’t look at your answers and try to answer the questions again in your mind. Tally your answer script answers with those you just thought of and see whether they are the same or not. If not, make up your mind as to which one is the correct answer.

6. Don’t rush. You will have plenty of time to finish the paper. Don’t be in such a hurry that you overlook any sub-question or forget to write a step. You will lose marks and we don’t want that! Be calm and focused.

7. Don’t panic. You can’t always know everything (though, that’s not at all impossible). You may find that there is a question whose answer you don’t know. At times like those, don’t panic or be afraid. Think wisely and remain calm.

8. Use a black ball pen if you can. They are the best. They don’t leak and they rarely leave an impression on the back of the paper. The black ink will be more pleasing to the examiner’s eye. We want the examiner to be in a good mood while checking our paper.πŸ˜‰

9. Make sure your words are properly spaced out. Don’t squeeze in ten words in the same line! Your paper should look neat and clean and for that, your sentences shouldn’t be all bunched together.

10. Leave at least 2 to 3 lines before and after each question or sub-question. This is a precautionary measure so that if, later on, you feel you want to add something to your answer, you can easily do so, without making a mess of your answer script.

11. Number your questions correctly! Number them only and exactly as per the numbering given on the question paper. Don’t write Q1(a) instead of Q1(i).

12. Before you number your questions correctly, you must first remember to actually number them! The examiner won’t check your answer if the question number hasn’t been mentioned. Or if the incorrect question number is written, you will most likelyΒ lose marks.

13. Always draw a margin on the right side of the paper for your math examination. Always show your rough work in this margin, no matter how insignificant you may think it is. And remember to show the rough work for a question on the same page as your answer for that question.

14. While drawing diagrams, you must always use a pencil! Label your diagrams even if you have not been asked to. There’s no harm in staying on the safe side. Label the diagrams clearly and with legible handwriting. If your handwriting isn’t that good, you may want to label your diagrams in uppercase letters.

15. Always write your full name, index number, and if possible, date, on any supplementary sheets that you will have to attach to your answer script. For example, maps, graph papers, etc.

Students always keep forgetting the above tips and this is just to remind you once again of what has to be done.

There are many more tips to come… Keep visiting!πŸ™‚

Update 02/03/14: Please visitΒ Tip of the Day #8Β for more tips.

 

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171 thoughts on “How to Write Your Exam Papers (TIPS)

    • ICSE Helper says:

      Dedeepya,

      As far as I know, not always. However, if that is what has been recommended by your teacher, it can’t possibly hurt to follow the same, i.e. to make a margin on the right side for all subject papers.

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Shubham,

      Thanks for the positive feedback. We try our best to touch upon the minutest of things to help you reach a higher level of success in your board examinations. Glad these tips helped you!

      Do keep visiting!πŸ™‚

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Madhura,

      Hi there! I am not sure whether it is necessary, but it is definitely recommended by teachers. Hence, we would also recommend you make a rough column on the right margin of your answer sheet if you are doing any rough work.

      Hope this helped. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Thank you, and keep visiting!πŸ™‚

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Venkatesh,

      That’s right! As you can see, in our second point, we have mentioned that you should write in points as much as you can, except in the English paper. Hence, the Physics paper is included here.πŸ™‚

      Hope this helped. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Thank you, and keep visiting!πŸ™‚

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Abhipsa,

      Hi there! Thank you for stopping by.πŸ™‚

      It’s nice to hear that these tips will be of help to you in writing your exams! Will definitely share more such tips, preferably subject-wise.

      Do keep visiting to stay updated, or subscribe via e-mail so that you don’t miss out any post.πŸ™‚

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Rupanwita,

      Hi there! Thanks for visiting our blog.πŸ™‚

      We would recommend that you use a black ballpoint pen, as it seems more pleasing to the eye and the same was also recommended by our teachers. So, to stay on the safe side, we’d suggest you use a black ballpoint pen. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Thanks for stopping by. Keep visiting!πŸ™‚

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Nakshatra,

      Hi there! Thank you so much for stopping by.πŸ™‚

      We felt elated on reading your comment! So glad we could make a difference. Thanks for taking the time to leave behind these uplifting words. Much appreciated.πŸ™‚

      Good luck for your exams! Keep visiting and stay connected!

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Krish,

      Hi there! Thank YOU for visiting our blog.πŸ™‚ We’re glad you found these tips helpful. Hope they prove just as helpful during your final exam!

      Good luck and keep visiting.πŸ™‚

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  1. Sahana R says:

    Hi Admin,

    Thanks for all the tips that u have given us … Really very Helpful!πŸ˜€

    I Hope that i will use it accordingly in the exam without being pressurized and AfraidπŸ™‚ ..

    -Sahana

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Sahana,

      Thanks, again! I’m sure you’ll use these tips in the best possible manner. Keep your chin up and don’t worry! Just focus on working hard till the last moment and then, leave the rest to God.πŸ™‚

      Good luck. Stay connected!

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  2. Sahana nrm says:

    Hi Admin ,

    Thanks for all the Tips u have given me ….Was really Helpfull and Important !πŸ™‚

    I will make sure that i will use it accordingly without making being tensed up nd rushing ..πŸ˜‰ Only 1 day left for the exam to start ..

    Thanks again,
    Sahana .

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Sahana,

      Hi there! Thank you so much for visiting and being a great reader. We really appreciate you taking the time to leave behind such positive feedback. It made our day! Glad you also found our tips helpful. Hope they help you on your big day(s)!πŸ™‚

      Good luck! Stay strong and stay connected.πŸ™‚

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Bishika,

      Hi there! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. We are indebted to readers like you who inspire us to keep this blog running. Stay strong and keep moving ahead.πŸ™‚

      Good luck and God bless! Keep visiting.πŸ™‚

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi there!

      Yes, you are allowed to underline the important points/keywords in your answers. In fact, it’s recommended that you do that.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.πŸ™‚

      Good luck! Keep visiting.πŸ™‚

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  3. aditya says:

    If i had cut a whole page (of right side) diagnolly with a single line and have written the answer on next page . Will it be ckecked i.e will turn the page to see the answer.
    I have written p.t.o. too

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Aditya,

      Hi there! Thanks for visiting.πŸ™‚

      I’m pretty sure the examiner will check your answer. I have heard that they are bound to check each and every page of the answer sheet. I wouldn’t worry if I were you.πŸ™‚

      Good luck for the remaining exams! Stay connected.πŸ™‚

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  4. Mary says:

    For the sub points,do we have to write them outside or inside the margin.. For e.g
    |The essential things that man needs are
    1.| Air
    2.| Water
    Or
    |The essential things that man needs are
    |1.Air
    |2.Water
    Which one is the correct pattern?

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Mary,

      Hi there! Thanks for stopping by.πŸ™‚

      We would recommend that you write them inside the margin. In fact, we recommend writing everything inside the margin. There’s no strict “correct pattern,” but for the sake of cleanliness and leaving the margins free from any stray marks, etc. and to be on the safe side, we’d suggest the second method. However, there are some people who advocate the first method. However, even in such a case, the primary question number should be written outside and the subparts inside. Again, this is a controversial topic of little matter (in our opinion). Ultimately, the choice is yours. Do consult your teachers for guidance, though!

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.πŸ™‚

      Good luck and stay connected!

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Harsh,

      Hi there! Please don’t call me “sir.”πŸ™‚

      It’s recommended that you do highlight the key words, i.e. technical terms or main points in the content, subheadings, etc. by underlining them. Don’t waste time in underlining with a different colored pen. Just underline important terms that you feel make up the gist of the answer and which the examiner will be looking for. Use the same pen.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Good luck. Keep visiting!πŸ™‚

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  5. Jenny says:

    Is it okay to not write the section-whether poetry, prose or drama in English literature paper…I have just written the question numbers.

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Jenny,

      Hi there!

      Being mere students just like you, we aren’t quite sure whether it’s ok or not. This is something you shouldn’t forget to do. However, thinking practically, there are negligible chances that your answers won’t be checked. So, don’t worry and hope for the best!

      Good luck for the remaining exams. Stay connected.πŸ™‚

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  6. Aditya says:

    Really helpful..but one question..if I answer more question than required then will the question having least marks will be eliminated or the last question that I have done will be eliminated.??

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Aditya,

      In our experience, the answer scoring the least marks will be excluded. However, we are not sure if the said checking methodology has changed or not. Hope this helps!

      Stay positive.πŸ™‚

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Ayush,

      In my opinion, the style of handwriting shouldn’t matter much as long as you write legibly and your answers are neat and organized. Leave lines after every paragraph, use bullet points where applicable, and start a new answer on a new page.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting! Stay connected.

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Abdullah,

      Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. We’re glad this helped! Thank you, also, for your appreciation and kind words. We are delighted to have readers like you who motivate us to give our best.

      Keep visiting and stay connected!πŸ™‚

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  7. Preeti says:

    V informative. Pl let me kw if it is compulsory to make 60 boxes for the question based on summary writing in comprehension. If yes then is there a fixed number of horizontal and vertical columns to be made. Pl guide if its a hard n fast rule or not.

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Preeti,

      As far as we know, it is recommended that you make a grid for prΓ©cis writing. Not only will it make your answer look neat, but it will also help you in judging your word count. There is no fixed number of horizontal and verticals columns to be made, but ensure that you make a grid such that your words don’t appear squished.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Thanks for visiting and do stay connected.πŸ™‚

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  8. suji says:

    for icse 10 summary writing in 60 words , do we have to first write the draft and then the fair copy in the grid. Then strike the draft with a diagonal strike in pencil.

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Suji,

      In reply to your question, yes, when I was in tenth grade, our English teacher insisted that we write our draft prΓ©cis in rough and then the fair one in a grid so that everything appears neat, the words aren’t squished together, and so that we stick to the 60-word limit without any problems. You can choose to do the same or talk to your teacher at school to see what he/she has to say.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions though, please do not hesitate to ask.πŸ™‚

      Keep visiting and stay connected!

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Avinash,

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Regarding your query, we would recommend that you keep practising solving questions from the literature workbooks. Sit with your English teacher later and discuss your answers. Ask him/her to check your answers and offer feedback. You may also read the answers written by fellow classmates who are known to do well in English Literature. Again, keep practising and try to use keywords used in the workbooks. Using frequently used words and phrases from the workbooks will help you frame your answers and bring forth the desired meaning.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Keep visiting, and stay connected.πŸ™‚

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Naitik,

      Thanks for stopping by the blog. We are glad to have been of help.

      As for the tips, a lot of these are applicable for Class 12 ISC exams, as well. However, we have begun a new blog dedicated entirely to ISC students, i.e. Helpline for ISC Students (Class 12) at http://ischelpline101.wordpress.com. It is still under construction and we are looking for credible contributors for the same.

      Hope this helps. Do keep visiting, and stay connected.πŸ™‚

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Aayush,

      Thanks for stopping by the blog.

      As for you question, we are not quite sure. It seems highly unlikely that the examiner will check both answers and then consider the better one, since the answers in question pertain to the same question. We would recommend that you avoid doing such a thing.

      Hope this helps. Stay connected.πŸ™‚

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