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Exam Technique. How to tackle Esa SAQ exams. First up…. Don’t Panic!. Maximise your marking potential. Answer everything Don’t leave any boxes blank Give as much detail as required. Read the question thoroughly. What clues have they given you in the stem?

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exam technique

Exam Technique

How to tackle Esa SAQ exams

first up
First up….
  • Don’t Panic!
maximise your marking potential
Maximise your marking potential
  • Answer everything
  • Don’t leave any boxes blank
  • Give as much detail as required
read the question thoroughly
Read the question thoroughly
  • What clues have they given you in the stem?
  • What are they actually asking you to do?
  • Try highlighting or underlining key words or phrases in the question.
follow the instructions
Follow the instructions
  • NAME, STATE, LIST, GIVE means no detail.
  • EXPLAIN, DESCRIBE, COMPARE, DISCUSS requires you to give a little more detail.
  • They will tell you exactly how many things they want in CAPITALS and BOLD – don’t bother giving any more as they won’t mark them.
  • Be guided by how many marks are available for a question.
what if i actually have no idea
WHAt if I actually have no idea?
  • What else do you know about the subject?
  • Would drawing a diagram or making some notes help you remember?
  • Use the back of another question for rough working (don’t worry, they won’t mark this!)
if all else fails
If all else fails….
  • Try a guess!
  • You might accidentally be completely right.
  • You can’t get any marks for empty spaces.
  • Examiners cannot take marks away for wrong answers, so you’ve nothing to lose!
other things to consider
Other things to consider
  • Pink questions need really precise answers to get all the marks.
  • Don’t get too obsessed with the size of the boxes.
  • Think about grade boundaries.
  • Use your time effectively, and plan to review at the end.