The night before the exam
Go to bed at your normal (going to school) time, not earlier not later.
Do not sit up late cramming you will only stress yourself without achieving anything (you should already have done your preparation!)
Get some exercise a run, swim or walk is fine. This does not mean go out and party with your friends!
Make sure you drink plenty of WATER, you want to go to the exam hydrated… but not full of liquid – you know the consequences of this!
Find your dictionary and two working blue or black pens (both the same if possible) and highlighters. You must be self sufficient. You are NOT allowed to borrow pens or dictionaries from other students once the exam has started.
Eat breakfast (even if your stomach is churning) Three hours is a long time on an empty stomach.
Arrive at school 20 minutes to half an hour before your exam.
What to take into the exam:
Water in a clear unlabeled bottle. It is important to stay hydrated for optimum brain function.
A dictionary – you may not take a thesaurus even if it is attached to your dictionary A thesaurus will confiscated if you do take one in. (Your dictionary will work as a thesaurus; remember there is no rule which says you have to replace a word with another single word!)
- TWO working blue/black pens that don’t leave blots every second word.
- Highlighters for your Language Analysis
- Watch – but programmable watches may be confiscated for the duration of the exam
What you may not take into the exam
- Your text books
- Notes of any kind (yes we know you are allowed a page of notes for maths but this is the English exam and the rules are different!)
What you should not take into the exam
- Red pens, pastel coloured pens, perfumed pens, pencils – none of these are appropriate unless you are intent on annoying the examiner so they will give you the worst possible mark.
There are no marks for writing the number of the question in a different colour (and there are some assessors who get quite irate when students do change pens as it is considered a waste of writing time).
- Liquid paper – you are not allowed to use it.
A single line through any errors works just as well (don’t scribble it out, it looks messy). Assessors get paid per question, so they don’t waste their time reading what you have crossed out.