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How to Get Ready for the Board Exam?

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A board exam is an excellent tool to check the knowledge gained at a particular period, as well as to select the best students across the state. The greater competition is, the more active the participants are. Most of students’ endeavors depend heavily on the results of board exams. There is no way to evade from exams: sooner or later one has to face them. Reviewing flashcards, studying guidelines and answering possible questions are all the components of good preparation. However, that is only half way up the educational highway. Such personal features as concentration, motivation, and will are also considered pledge of success.

To make the process easier and faster, some of the most useful tips on the way to perfect board exam results are discussed below.

Syllabus is the first barrier on the distance unless a student studies it carefully before the exam. Many make a mistake by starting writing down answers immediately after reading the task. Often, they pay attention only to the title, while the requirements are simply ignored. Even the best content is nothing without an appropriate academic style and writing. There is a bad chance of getting your work terminated in case the work is not meeting the instructor’s requirements. Different writing styles are not always described in details in the task’s guidelines, so the student has to know the structure by heart. At least, the knowledge of MLA and APA academic writing should be impeccable.

Revision and one more time revision! Don’t forget to repeat all the information obtained during the class at least two times. It is recommended to go through the material the same night and once more just before the exam. Overloading is also a wrong approach. Besides, when you start every single homework by repeating the materials of the first class, you risk failing to acquire new skills. Mind that your time is always limited, and there should be a space for the sleep.

Find out as many similar questions and problems as possible to train hard. Don’t dedicate too much time to those you understand – focus more on solving more complicated tasks. It’s better to consider complex problems that cover several topics. It’s like a task for statistics class that includes data gathering, hypothesis stating, problem-solving, and plot scattering at the same time.

You should have a separate notebook for additional notes and useful advices you might find during your educational research. Many exams consist of some bonus tasks not covered in class. They require more than basic skills of the subject, so some efforts should be invested. On the other hand, in case a student lacks some fundamental skills, he may compensate the grade by completing these extra tasks.

Think of your strengths and weaknesses. The process of brainstorming might help. It is even better to involve people who know you well to hear from them. Sometimes, we are not that objective about own abilities and talents.

Finally, chalk out a timetable for self-education process. It is important to devote ample time for each course. Select the most convenient time, no matter if it would be early in the morning or late at night. A premise and the general atmosphere must correspond to your academic intentions.


The examination day is here. What’s next? First and for most, try to arrive a little earlier. Check your admit card, pen, pencil, and calculator (for such subjects as statistics or maths). Read all the questions carefully, as any silly mistake of understanding the question can be damaging. Spend around five minutes to glance through the tasks. Start with the easiest in order not to waste time later.

Don’t ever forget to revise your paper!