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Essay-based exams: A short guide

Before the examination

  • Effective revision is, of course, key. The better you have prepared and practised, the more confident you will feel on the day.
  • Sleep well, in order to be able to focus during your exam.
  • If you need technological support for your exam (eg, in the case of dyslexia or dyspraxia), contact your department in advance.
  • If you are used to typing rather than handwriting, we suggest you exercise your hand by answering questions on paper a few days prior to the exam. Otherwise, you may feel hand pain.
  • Arrive at the exam location at least 15 minutes before its start.
  • If you do not know where the particular building and room are, visit them in advance.
  • Eat something beforehand to give you energy.

What you need to bring with you to the examination room

  • Your student ID
  • Three or more pens and pencils
  • Water to hydrate yourself, and a snack to eat afterwards
  • A watch (in case the clock is too far for you to see the time well enough)

During the examination

  • Follow the instructions given by the examination coordinator
  • Read the exam paper carefully
  • Make use of all your time to answer the questions

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