3…2…1… pens down. Time is up. You still have 4 questions to go and you know you missed out on some marks in section one.
Running out of time is one of the easiest ways to lose unnecessary marks during tests.
The good news is, there are 5 super easy steps to take during a test to make sure you make the most of your time and get as many marks as possible!
Prioritise during reading time.
Read every questions and mentally prioritise the questions from the easiest to hardest.
HINT: For an easy question, the answer will come to you within 30 seconds.
Understand how long each question SHOULD take you.
This will help you keep track of time throughout the test. Click here to find out exactly how long each question should take.
Start with the EASIEST Questions.
Don’t answer the questions in order. If there is a difficult question early on, you will be stuck there until you give up and have wasted 10 minutes of precious test time. Go through the test and answer all the easiest questions first. If it takes longer than 30 seconds for you to start writing the answer, move onto the next question! This helps to lock in the easiest marks early on.
Go back to the start.
Once you have completed the first round, your brain will naturally make connections to more questions and the answers will come to you more easily. Go through the test again from the beginning. Answer the next set of easy questions, locking in more marks.
Repeat step 4 until there are no more easy questions.
Attempt the ”Hard” Questions.
Hard questions are those that take your brain more than 30 seconds to formulate an answer. If you have followed step 1-4 you should only be left with a few questions and hopefully a lot of time to work on them! At this stage you have answered a lot of questions and are more likely to make connections to the correct answer than if you attempted it early in the test.