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On Exam Day


   

Exam Writing Tips

  Stay Calm

Take the time to read through the exam instructions carefully. Many candidates do not take this important step and then discover that they did the exam incorrectly.

Write your name and your CSMLS ID number clearly on the computer answer sheet provided and on the exam book. Do not leave this step until the end. You do not need to fill in your birth date, sex, grade or education.

  Budget Your Time

Note the number of questions. Quickly reading over the questions will assist in activating your memory. Decide which questions will be easier to do and which ones will take more time, and budget your time.  Allot time to review the exam and make corrections.  If you think of something as you preview, write it down immediately.

You can make notes on the exam book.

  Plan Your Attack

Read each question carefully and cover the answers, underlining key words if it helps. Mentally choose your answer (you can write it down if it helps), and scroll down the answers and see if yours is there.  If your answer is not there, skip that question and go back to it after you answer all the ones you know for sure.

  Answer Everything

Guess! There are no penalties for guessing.

If you do not see an obvious first choice, then do all of the following things:

  1. Underline key words and make sure that you know what they mean.
  2. Ignore answers that are obviously wrong.
  3. Select the best answer. Flag the questions you are not sure of and return to these questions at the end of the exam. 
  4. Do not leave any question unanswered.

Go with your gut instinct!

  Drawing a Blank

First, don’t panic and allow anxiety to take control of how you are going to do on the exam.  Ask yourself, “What do I need to know to answer this question?” and start writing down your thoughts.  Avoid negative self-talk – focus on the task instead of yourself.

  Review & Correct

Take the time to go over the exam and check your answers. Do not change anything unless you are 100% sure it is wrong.  Check mathematical answers by performing reverse calculations. Look at the processes you used.

Research indicates that first impressions are usually right. About three out of four changes are from a correct answer to a wrong one. Erase with great caution.

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