Ok, so you’ve been told you need to pass to proceed, and you don’t know where to start. Does this sound familiar? Start any preparation early by speaking to your trainer about the expectations and know what you are aiming for. What do you need to do? 
Here are some tips to help you to pass your exams or knowledge test with flying colours. Remember, be positive. You can do it! 
 
Before the exam 
 
Clearly communicate to your employer, training provider or mentor any concerns or support you need and listen to any advice given. 
Manage your time so you are fully prepared for your exams (allow time for revision) 
Practice makes perfect. Ensure you attempt any mock exams/quizzes for revision. 
Check what equipment is needed and make sure you have everything prepared (pens, dictionaries etc.) 
Familiarise yourself with the format of the test/exam beforehand. Are you familiar with the exam platform and have you tested the I.T?. 
You may also want to consider the environment if you are doing an online exam – is it suitable and free from distractions? 
Make sure you get enough sleep the night before – you should aim for 8 hours. 
Try and do some exercise before your exam even if it is just for 10-15 minutes. 
Eat a healthy breakfast and bring a bottle of water to the exam. 
 
During the exam 
 
Read the questions carefully - the exam questions demand a lot of specific criteria and to get full marks for the answer you need to demonstrate your knowledge in detail. 
Check how many marks are available for each question/task and use this to help plan your time / word limits too. 
Attempt all the questions even if you don’t know the answer - you may get the marks for working/planning. You may want to prioritise questions with more marks. 
If stuck on a question move on to the next and come back later (if applicable). 
Make sure your answers are written clearly and make sense, logically structured so they can be followed by an examiner/assessor. Make it obvious and easy for the assessor. 
Use your own words/reference others where appropriate. Show that you’ve taken ownership. 
Keep track of time and try to leave some time at the end to double check answers. 
You should use all the time available. 
Try and relax! 
 
Good luck!  
 
If you have a Maths exam, you can find more tips here: Maths - How to overcome your barriers 
 
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