Exam Nerves ( Tips for Ielts candidates- esp PPOU 07/08)

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I'm sorry for not updating my blog for quite a long time..I was away last week and when I came back to Uniten, everybody seems very busy to prepare for the next test of calculus(MATF133).

Here I am..want to share something about exam nerves.

Feeling nervous is perfectly normal just before the exam(just imagine when we are in 6th floor at library hall..haha). After all, it is the culminating point of months or sometimes years of study, and you have only a few short hours to prove your abilities to an examiner(just like our preparation for IELTS exam gonna be). However, do not despair! There are some ways you can control your nerves.

The two most important factors in minimising exam stress are preparation and organisation. Ensure well in advance of the test that you know where you are going, how you are getting there, what room you should be going to and at what time. Check that you have the right equipment (pen, pencils,erasers, ID, a watch ant etc). Some people even go so far as to lay their clothes out the night before, making sure even the smallest detail is prepared.

Another important factor for a successful exam is sleep. Going to bed slightly earlier than normal, waking up in time for a refreshing shower and a good breakfast have proven benefits. Do not stay up all night cramming as this will leave you tired, and what you have not learned by now you are unlikely to learn in one long night. Relax as much as you can.

When you arrive at the examination centre, avoid speaking either in your native language or discussing possible exam questions. This will only make you nervous, but more important you should be using this time to get your brain thinking in English. It can be a good idea to find someone who is not from your country and just wish them good luck! This might start a short conversation which will help you start thinking in English.

During the exam, make sure you keep a close watch on the time and remember the planning and preparation skills you have learned. A lot of students find themselves panicking, mistakenly thinking that they don't have time to follow the skills they have learned. The results for these kind of students are always the same, and always dissapointing.

You will almost certainly meet a question or two in the reading or the listening that you cannot understand. Remember that every question is worth one point, so do not spend too much time lingering on the most difficult and then losing points that were easier. With one hour to read the text and answer 40 questions, you have an average of one minute per question; if it is taking longer than that, put a mark in the margin beside the question and move on.When you have finished the easier questions, you can come back to the ones you found more difficult. As a rough guide, very often the first answer you guess is right, even though you may not full understand it - thrust your instincts!

As a final word, just remember this. Only you know how hard you have worked to get this far: confidence in your ability is the most important psychological key to success, and nobody , not even the best linguist in the world, understand everything!

Hope it will help you all to facing the Ielts exam soon...

Source : Ielts High Impact,