Essay Exams
Every other exam may be a dreadful experience for you, but essay exams are more terrifying and nerve-racking. The clock is ticking and you have 5 minutes to write an essay. Sound familiar? Breathe. Prepare yourself. Remember, it is just an exam and not the end of the world. You do not need to be the best writer to ace it. Just follow these tips and you will succeed.
At OST we have developed a list of test taking tips for True or False exams. Take some time and review them and you will see a difference in your test score!
Essay Exam Tips
Have a clear introduction, thesis, supporting facts and conclusion.
The introduction and conclusion should be concise with the bulk being the middle.
Read the directions to the exam and make sure you are answering what is asked (i.e. "Answer 1 out of 2 questions").
Make sure you answer all parts of the question.
Assume all statements are true, this will help to identify if a statement is false.
If time allowed make an outline.
If the question is asking for only facts, don't give your opinion.
Write as neat as possible, higher grades tend to go towards neat papers.
Budget your time, if multiple essay's are needed, don't spend too much time on only one topic.
If are uncertain about a fact, don't put it in the essay.
If you are not sure about the date, be approximate. For example, in the early 1900's.
Take a clear stance in your essay
Site opinions of experts in your essay, this will give creditability to your stance.
Define certain theories or definitions, this will showcase your knowledge.
Compare and contrast.